Is this a closed road event?
Much as we’d like it to be, this is NOT a closed road event. The costs of closing roads in and around Birmingham are very expensive, and even if we were able to it would drastically reduce the amount we’d be able to raise – which would in turn mean the event would make much less of a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.
Are the roads busy?
It's a Sunday, so the roads will be less busy than usual. 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.
Is the route marked clearly?
We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the route is as enjoyable and as smooth as possible. There are clear 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.
Can I change my route?
You can change your route right up until the end of June. However, we recommend that you get in touch with us as soon as you possibly can, as being able to switch your route is dependent on there still being spaces available on your new route.
Changing route may also incur a charge. This is purely to cover the cost of the event and only applies if you are switching from the 26/52 mile route to the 100 mile route. If you get close to the event and feel that the 52 mile route is a little too much or, conversely, that your training has gone well and you want to ride the 52 mile route rather than the 26, this is absolutely fine and you’ll be able to transfer without charge.
Is there an age limit?
Yes: the minimum age for the 26 and 52 mile routes is 14 unaccompanied, or 12 if accompanied by a parent or guardian with acceptance of liability.
The minimum age for the 100 mile route is 16 years old.
How fit do I need to be to do Bikeathon?
Birmingham Bikeathon isn't a race so you can pedal at whatever pace is comfortable for you. There are also water stations on all three routes where you’ll have a chance to catch your breath and rehydrate. That said, we do recommend that you do something in the way of training for all three routes.
For the 26 mile route we recommend that you go out for a few rides in the weeks building up to Bikeathon, especially if you’re not used to riding a bike. For the longer 52 and 100 mile routes we do recommend that you do some structured training to ensure that you’re fully prepared and in a position to make the most out of the event.
Can I enter a team into Bikeathon?
We actively encourage you to sign up as a team, with your friends, family, or colleagues – the more people you have riding with you, the more encouragement you’ll be able to give each other, and the more money you’ll raise to help beat blood cancer.
Just sign your team members up individually, and when you create your JustGiving pages you’ll be able to link together with your friends to fundraise as a team. If you could drop us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org afterwards, with a list of your team members and a link to your team fundraising page, we’ll be able to see when your team has reached your fundraising targets.
I'm now unable to participate in Bikeathon. What do I need to do?
We’ll miss you at Bikeathon but we understand that things happen beyond your control which can mean you have to pull out. However, if you aren’t able to make it for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible on 020 7504 2200 or email us at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, we’re only able to refund entry fees for the first seven days after purchase. After that we’re unable to process any refunds. However, we do offer a transfer service free of charge – so if you know someone who is willing to ride in your place then do let us know!
Please note that all transfers must take place before the end of June and that the rider number issued for transfers may be different from the original number.
When does entry close?
You can still sign up online until the Wednesday before Bikeathon. Online entry for Birmingham Bikeathon will close at midnight on Wednesday 5 July.
What sort of bike can I use?
You can use any type of bicycle as long as it’s roadworthy – over the years our cycling events have seen entrants on Bromptons and even tandems! For the 100 mile route, however, we recommend that you use a reliable road bike as 100 miles is a long way and you’ll need a bike with decent gears and brakes for some of the hill climbs and descents!
It’s also worth getting your bike checked out and serviced by your local bike shop to make sure it’s in the best condition possible ahead of the event. The British Cycling website has advice on how to make sure your bike’s ready to race.
Sadly, there’s no option to hire a bike on the day so please don’t turn up without one!