- 1. Specific Event Information
- 2. General Sportive Information
- 1. What happens at registration?21.10.15
You should arrive at the Event HQ in good time for the start of the route you are planning to ride.
Make you way to the Registration area where you will need find the official who is signing-in riders based on the first letter of your surname (i.e. if your name is John Smith then go to the official handling the "S" riders). Once there you will need to identify yourself and sign against your surname - you will then be given a number card, cable ties (to fasten your number on the front of your bicycle), wristband (which shows the marshals that you are part of the event and gives you access to the feed stations) and anything else we want to give you on the day.
- 2. How do I print the route details?21.10.15
The route is fully signposted however if you would like to print the routes you will need to click on the link that will be emailed to you a few days before the event.
Clicking on the link will open the "RIDE with GPS" website.
By changing the scale on the map you will then be able to "screen print" the route or look at the route in detail.
You will also receive a simple map in the pre-ride email that will be sent out a few days before the event.
- 3. What happens at the start?21.10.15
When you are ready to start make your way to the start line.
Riders will be started in the order of queuing.
After the official start time for the particular route, groups of about 15-20 riders will be separated from the front of the queue and they will move forward towards the Starter.
The Starter will check that everyone is wearing a helmet and has a number card displayed on the front of their bicycle. He will then give a short briefing before allowing the group to start their ride.
The riders do not have to ride together and, once started, can ride with whoever they like.
- 4. How do I download the SatNav, TCX and GPX files?21.10.15
A few days before the event you will be sent an email with links to the SatNav files.
Click on the link and this will then open the "RIDE with GPS" website.
Click on the EXPORT link on the top right-hand-side and follow the instructions to download the data files.
- 5. Do I get a race number?21.10.15
The event is a sportive and not a race however you will receive a number to be placed on your bike at Registration, on the morning of the event.
- 6. I have entered but I have not received anything in the post?21.10.15
The event primarily only accepts online entries and these generate email confirmations.
Riders will not receive anything in the post and once entered any communications will be sent by email.
Your bike number etc will be provided at registration on the day.
- 7. What will be provided at the feed stations?21.10.15
At the feed stations we will provide riders with a warm greeting, water, tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits, chairs, toilets, first aid and a shoulder to cry on, if required - all subject to availability.
- 8. Can I start to ride before the official start time?21.10.15
The whole event is very tightly controlled in terms of timing for your enjoyment and safety. If you were to leave early then the feed stations, marshals and recovery vehicles will not be ready to assist you. This will not only potentially be unsafe but, more importantly, it will detract from your enjoyment of the event.
- 9. Is there a time limit to finish the rides?21.10.15
We appreciate that some riders ride faster than others and that if you suffer from punctures or mechanical issues then your ride could take longer than expected. We try to be fair to all riders with regard to timing however the organisers cannot stay at the HQ indefinitely.
On the day you will be given some guidance as to the closing times of the feed stations and the closing time of the event HQ. However, in general, the organisers aim to be offsite and the gates and car parks will be locked at around 6.30pm.
If you are unable to finish the ride by this time then you should call the emergency telephone number, that you will be given at registration, and we will see what we can do to help.
- 10. What if I have a mechanical breakdown that I cannot fix?21.10.15
If you breakdown and are unable to repair you bicycle at the side of the road then call the emergency number, that you will be provided with at registration, and we will send out a vehicle to bring you and you bicycle back to the event HQ.
- 11. What if I get lost?21.10.15
The route is fully signposted and so it should be difficult to get lost however if you do lose your way then call the emergency telephone number, given to you at Registration, and we will try and get you back on track. We also advise that you carry a copy of the map sent to you by email a few days before the event.
- 12. What do I need to bring with me on the day?21.10.15
We recommend that riders should come fully prepared for all the eventualities that may occur during the riding of a sportive. Although not exhaustive we would suggest riders bring the following items:
- a roadworthy bicycle;
- a helmet - you will not be able to take part without one;
- suitable clothing for riding in - including wet weather gear;
- water bottle, energy gels, energy drink powders;
- small first aid kit ;
- spare inner tubes and/or tyre repair patches;
- tools such as tyre leavers, air pump, allen keys and chain tool;
- spare chain links;
- printed map of route and possibly applicable OS map;
- mobile telephone;
- money for public telephones, emergency spares parts, etc; and
- money to buy food and drink at HQ or around the course.
- 13. Do I need to wear a helmet?21.10.15
Yes ... due to our British Cycling insurance, everyone must wear a cycle helmet for the duration of the rides ... unfortunately
NO HELMET NO RIDE!
- 14. What sort of roads does the route follow?21.10.15
Our sportives are 'country lane' sportive, as we try to keep riders away from busy main roads, and the routes use quiet country lanes wherever possible. We will always try and use good quality tarmaced lanes but riders should appreciate that it is not a race, speed is not of the essence and so they should come prepared to ride within their own capabilities and be aware of the inherent hazards of riding such country lanes (blind bends, oncoming traffic, tractors, standing water, uneven surfaces, mud, gravel, pot holes, etc).
- 15. What sort of bike do I need?21.10.15
The event is open to anyone riding a suitably maintained road legal bicycle, with working brakes (ie. no track bikes please), powered by a chain.
Many people will use road bikes to ride sportives but, certainly for the shorter events, a hybrid or mountain bike would be okay.
Tandems are accepted but the entry fee applies to each rider and not each bike.
Participants are responsible for their own bike and equipment. The bike must be fully roadworthy and propelled solely through a chain set, by the legs (or Hand Cycle - see below) without any other assistance.
Typically sportive riders will use a road bike when participating in an event, however some participants may prefer to ride a hybrid, mountain bike, cyclo-cross bike or tandem etc, which are all fine within a personal challenge event.
The use of the below are not permitted in British Cycling registered non-competitive events:
- Recumbent cycles
- Electric bicycles
- Triathlon / time trial bars or other similar bar extensions
- Disc wheels or tri-spokes
- Penny farthings
Hand cycling is for riders who normally require a wheelchair for general mobility and are not able to use a conventional bicycle because of a disability. It is advised that hand cyclists ensure they are visible on the roads, e.g. the use of a vertical, visible flag placed at the back of the hand cycle.
- 16. Do I need to be a member of British Cycling to take part?21.10.15
No you do not need to be a member of British Cycling to take part.
The Bostin' sportives are British Cycling Registered sportives but they are open to members and non-members alike.
- 17. Are children allowed to enter?21.10.15
Yes, people of any age are allowed to enter. However, under the British Cycling rules children under the age of 16, on the date of the event, must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be completed at Registration and signed by a parent/guardian.
- 18. Is it a race?21.10.15
No, the Bostin' Sportives are not races and the riders are not timed.
- 1. How fit do I need to be?21.10.15
The Bostin' Ride events are sportives and so, accordingly, is a cycling challenge. As far as possible the organisers will make your day as easy and enjoyable as possible by good planning, good signage and good amenities however each rider will need to be able to push their pedals around to make their bike cover their selected distance.
All riders, therefore, should be as fit and as practiced as they feel is necessary to complete their chosen routes. If you are not fit enough to stand a chance of completing the distance or are not comfortable riding on public roads with traffic then you are unlikely to enjoy the day.
Current cycling advice is that a rider should have at least ridden routes of 75% distance a number of times before attempting a sportive - as adrenaline on the day will get them through the other 25% distance.
There is no guarantee that the shorter routes are 'easier' than the longer rides as each route will have its own challenges in terms of distance or terrain however the longer the route normally the more tiring the ride will be. Details of the routes, climbs and topography can be found on the website.
- 2. What is a Sportive and will I enjoy riding one?21.10.15
A cycle sportive is a mass participation cycling event which is open to all comers.
They are usually events that are aimed at road bikes and normally will have several choices of route so that riders can choose the distance that they want to ride.
If you enjoy riding a bike, then almost certainly you will enjoy riding in a sportive!
Taking part in a sportive is as enjoyable and pressure-free as you want to make it.
There's no competition with other riders, you ride at your own pace, to achieve your own personal goals and enjoyment whilst taking in the scenery. If you are new to cycling then completing the distance might be your personal challenge.
Sportives are a great opportunity to meet other riders and ride with a group at your pace too.