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You do not have to use a "racing" bike in order to ride in the event; as long as the bike is legal and safe then you will be allowed to ride it.
It is important that you make sure that your bike is configured so that it fits you correctly and that it is in roadworthy condition. We recommend that you have your bike serviced before the ride. This can be done by any good bike store. Referees may inspect your bike and if it is not considered to be roadworthy then you will not be allowed to start the event.
You must wear a helmet - this is not negotiable. It must be worn at all times when cycling.
Any suitable clothing is acceptable. However, we recommend that you think about the weather conditions on the day, and have suitable clothing. A cycling jersey is specifically designed for comfort, and warmth with pockets to contain and riding snacks you may need.
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Your event number must be worn on your chest (or affixed to the handlebars) during the ride (numbers and rider cards are colour-coded for the routes)
It is recommended that you carry water with you on the bike.
We disapprove of the use of headphones/iPods in the interests of safety on the road.
Discuss any medical problems with your general practitioner (GP).
Completing a cycle event, and the pre-event training, is physically demanding, and as a competitor it is important that you are physically capable of undertaking a challenge of this nature. This advice supplements anything your GP may tell you.
See your GP if you have a problem that makes it a risk to take part in the cycle event.
If you have any known medical condition (such as diabetes, asthma, allergy to penicillin, etc) ensure that you have this information with you in written form (a card in your wallet)
Write any specific medical details on the back of your event number and put a small red cross on the front of your number.
Whether you have a medical condition or not, if you feel unwell on event day - don't ride.
If you have flu, a feverish cold or a stomach bug, do not train until you have fully recovered. Then start gently and build up gradually.
Do not attempt to catch up on lost mileage after illness or injury - this may cause further damage or illness.