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Birmingham Bikeathon 2015: FAQ

Dan Henchman
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16 Jun 2015

WHAT TIME DO THE RIDES START AND WHERE?
All three rides will start and finish at Cannon Hill Park. The 100 mile ride will start at 08:00, the 52 mile ride will start at 09:00, and the 26 mile ride will start at 10:00.

WHAT ARE THE ROUTES?
Good question! You can view and download the full routes as MapMyRide links and GPX files here. You’ll also receive a printed route map on the day.

I’M NOT SIGNED UP YET – IS THERE STILL TIME?
Yes! You can sign up online until a few days before the event, or you can just come along and sign up on the day.

WHERE CAN I PARK?
Parking is available at MAC next to Cannon Hill Park. There’s also additional parking available in the main car park and second car park at Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre. Alternatively you can park on Pritchatts Road or Vincent Drive near the University.

WHY HAS THE START AND FINISH VENUE MOVED?
We’re not able to use Broad Street as our start and finish venue this year because of scheduled roadworks taking place. Luckily we’ve secured what we think is a fantastic alternative in the form of Cannon Hill Park. As with last year there will be food, music and entertainment on offer throughout the day.

IS THIS A CLOSED ROAD EVENT?
Much as we’d like it to be, this is NOT a closed road event. This is because the cost implications of closing the roads would drastically reduce the amount we’d be able to raise, which would in turn mean we can make less of a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.
We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the ride is smooth as possible. There will be signs posted along all the routes and marshals at several positions along the way to point you in the right direction and alert you to any hazards.
We can’t promise there won’t be any traffic but we’ve done all we can to make all three routes as safe as possible. With this in mind, we ask that you wear a helmet at all times and abide by the rules of the Highway Code.
There are some important 'dos and don'ts' when it comes to cycling safely on the road. Please take the time to read these really helpful safety pointers that our friends over at British Cycling have provided.

WILL THERE BE TOILET AND REFRESHMENT FACILITIES ALONG THE ROUTE?
Yes. There will be staffed water stations providing food and refreshments available on all three routes where you’ll be able to stop for a comfort break and a bit of a breather. Our volunteers will also be on hand to help you with any queries you may have.

CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS COME TO THE EVENT?
Absolutely! This is an event for all the family and we want to accommodate everyone. Spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy food and entertainment at the start/finish while they wait to welcome you at the finish line.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY T-SHIRT/JERSEY?
Bikeathon T-shirts and cycling jerseys will be sent out as part of our rider packs which will be sent out in batches once you're signed up. Your rider pack will also include your rider number, sponsorship forms, a fundraising guide and further information about the day. If you sign up in the last couple of weeks before the event, you’ll pick up your rider pack on the day instead.

HOW CAN I UPGRADE MY T-SHIRT TO A JERSEY?
All participants on the 26 or 52 mile route who raise £100 or more using our fundraising pages will receive a free Bikeathon jersey as a thank you for helping us to beat blood cancer.
100 mile riders receive a cycling jersey as part of the sign-up process, but can earn a pair of our Bikeathon cycling bib shorts as an incentive if they raise £200 or more using our fundraising pages.

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I AIM TO RAISE?
We ask all Bikeathon riders to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, as your entry fee only covers the cost of us putting on the event.
Last year riders raised £175 on average, which helped us raise more than £210,000 to help beat blood cancer. With your help, we’re confident that we’ll raise even more than that this year to help make a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.
 

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 7504 2200 or email us at birminghambikeathon@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk