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London Bikeathon 2015: FAQ

Dan Henchman
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24 Jul 2015

WHAT TIME DO THE RIDES START AND WHERE?
All three rides will start and finish at Brunswick Square Gardens in central London. The 52 mile ride will start at 08:00 and the 26 mile ride will start at 09:00.

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?
Unfortunately, there won’t be any designated parking at Brunswick Square Gardens but there’s limited street parking in the area. There are also a number of local car parks nearby. You can search for nearby car parks here.

HOW DO I GET THERE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
King's Cross, Euston and Farringdon mainline rail stations are all a short bike ride away from Brunswick Square Gardens. Waterloo station is 2.5 miles away (17 mins cycle), and Victoria is 3.2 miles (21 mins). It's worth double checking you can take your bike on the train - you can find more information from National Rail here.

TFL allow non-folding bicycles to be taken on certain tube lines on Saturdays and Sundays. The Hammersmith & City line and the Circle both allow bikes on the weekend and these lines both run to Farringdon and King's Cross St Pancras which are both a 5-10 minute cycle to the start/finish venue. Check this map for more detailed information.

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 are part of our rider packs which are sent out in batches. You should get yours within 2-3 weeks of signing up. Your pack will also include your rider number, sponsorship forms, a fundraising guide and further information about the day.

If you sign up after Monday 3 August, you'll be able to pick up your rider number and T-shirt/jersey at the event!

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.

Raise more than £200 and we'll send you a pair of Bikeathon cycling bib shorts!

Once you've reached the target amount, email us with your size at londonbikeathon@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk and we'll send your kit out to you.

*If you reach the target amount in the week before the event, come along and pick up your jersey or shorts at the kit swap tent on the day - bring a printout of your fundraising page if you can!

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 £223 on average, which helped us raise more than £480,000 to help beat blood cancer. With your help, we can 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 londonbikeathon@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk