The planning of these rides takes a lot of work and time. Please take some time to check your calander and commitment to actually doing the ride.
We need a minimum of 5 riders before the ride will go ahead and a maximum of 10 riders. The cost for the ride is shared equally between the riders and this includes the accommodation for the Minibus Driver.
Each ride is based on 5 riders and priced at £300 per person, as we have more riders the price per person is lowered as all costs are equally shared. The money is used for the following:
- Minibus Security Deposit (refundable after the ride)
- Minibus Hire Charge
We have to secure a Minibus and Accomodation which both require a deposit being paid as far ahead as possible. With this in mind all we ask from you is a deposit to secure your place of £50 per person. We will issue a Cut Off Date and from this point any money that you have paid is non refundable, however you can transfer it to another rider who is not on the ride already.
The Cut Off Date is also the date the next instalment of £100 is required. Then 30 days after this is the final payment which will be adjusted to reflect the number of riders committed to the ride. If we have only 5 riders this will be £150 or if we have 9 riders it will be as low as £50
So in Summary
- £50 secures your place
- From the cut off date this or any further payments are not refundable
- At the cut off date your next payment of £100 is required
- 30 days later the final payment will be adjusted and you will be required to pay it.
The table is a guide of how the price can change on the number of riders
|Number of Riders||Cost Per Rider||Security Deposit||Actual Cost|
General Information For You To Consider
Riding all day requires you to be comfortable on your bike so just think about the position a mountain bike puts you in compared to a road bike. A Gravel bike should put you somewhere in the middle. More relaxed than a road bike.
Also consider your contact points with your bike.
Hands – maybe add some padding to the bars, an extra wrap of tape or you can buy some gel pads to put on the bars before the tape. Also consider having some grippy tape such as Lizard Skins. Your front end takes a lot of abuse without any suspension so extra padding helps to dampen the vibrations. Wearing a set of MTB gloves is a good idea as they usually have gel inserts in the right places.
Feet – Wearing MTB shoes with MTB cleats is a must as you may need to ‘Hike A Bike’ at some points and walking with road cleats is no fun.
Bottom – Having the right saddle and bib shorts makes all the difference. Watch some videos about this on YouTube. You need your sit bones in the right place.
Make sure you have your bike serviced
- – Replace or re-grease all bearings
- – New tyres and sealant
- – New chain
- – Replace gear cables
- – Have your hydraulic brakes serviced
Your bike will take a beating so making sure you have eliminated silly mechanicals before we go will go towards a more enjoyable ride for the whole group.
Now you are all experienced cyclists, so I should be preaching to the converted. But a multi day ride without a bike repair shop around you have to consider everything. I’m not suggesting you carry everything but just consider that you may be advised to carry a few things that you might not normally carry.
Some of these items may be carried by others on the ride so it is possible to share them, but if everyone carries enough of them then by pulling together we will all reach the end of the ride.
- At least two spare tubes each
- Puncture repair kit
- Patch Kit
- Tubeless Plug Tool
- Cartridges x 4
- Top up Sealant
- Small pump
- Chain oil
- Multi tool (with chain tool)
- Pen knife (optional)
- Spare chain link
- Derailleur Hanger – all
- Zip Ties – all
- Spare Brake Pads – all
- Length of Chain
- Bike lock
- First aid kit
- Cash + bankcard
- Waterproof jacket
- Chamios Cream
- Electrolite Tabs
- Insect Spray and Afterbite
- Tick removal tool
- Water Purifier
You have two choices regarding carrying kit, you can either load up the bike or yourself. The general belief is to load up the bike and keeping the pressure off your back. Either way you will still be carring the same weight but let your bike take the strain keeping you as light as possible.
Bikepacking Bags Advice
Bags in Order of ESSENTIAL ITEMS
Top Tube Bag – snacks, phone, chargers, things you need to have hands on the most
Bar Bag – rain jacket, change of clothes, brew kit – adds stability to the front wheel
Saddle Bag – clothes and personal kit – can sway, high weight do you need both bags (2&3)
Frame Bag – heavy items – tools and bike repair kit – keep the weight in the middle of the bike
The recommended is 1 litre of water every hour, however this is not practical when we may be cycling for over 10 hours. If the weather is hot our biggest challenge will be dehydration so we need to be mindful of this and restock water at every opportunity.
You will deplete your glycogen deposits pretty quick so taking on board good solid food regularly will be essential. Peanut & jam Bagels are my fuel of choice. Energy gels should be a last resort. Your body will thank you for eating solid food.
Your body stores enough Glycogen for about 90 minutes of effort and cannot convert food into Glycogen quick enough to replace it so once you have used it then you are going to struggle.
Endurance cycling is all about reserving your fuel, Always try to keep your effort to a minimum, don’t be gunning it up the hills. Ride to the trail, roll whenever you can. Preserve your body.
A mouthful of food every 30 minutes and loads of fluids. As an example I did a ride called The Dirty Reiver, 125 miles off road on the English, Scottish border with 12,000 ft of climbing and I burnt 9500 calories. So we are probably going to be burning 4500 calories a day.
Why am I writing all this to experienced cyclists? Because all it takes is one of us to get it wrong and we are all in trouble. Look out for each other, make sure we are all drinking and fueling.
You will need some clothes to wear once we have finished cycling on the first day and to travel back with. Making sure this kit is lightweight is the key. After all you may have to carry it on the ride!!!
So Flip Flops a T Shirt, Shorts and underwear would be ideal. Also a small microfibre towel would be a good addition.
The Minibus is NOT a support vehicle!!!!
Our epic rides are a SELF SUPPORTED ride. So the aim is not to rely on the Minibus for food stops or anything else.
Emergency or Retiring
Should the terrain prove too much for anyone then retiring at any road or village is the way forward. Should you do this you are responsible for making your own arrangements to the forward location to reconnect with the group.
EMERGENCY SITUATION & HOME CONTACT
The purpose of a home contact is to monitor the ride and should any situation or emergency occur they make the necessary phone calls to alert the emergency services.
In the event of an accident, first note any relevant details (location, name, gender and age of casualty, nature of injuries, number of people in the party, your mobile phone number).
- Dial 999 or 112, ask for ‘Police’, then ‘Mountain Rescue’.
- Give all your prepared details of the incident.
- Do NOT change your position until contacted by the rescue team.
- If you have to make a further 999 call, follow this procedure in full again.
Riders send text to HOME CONTACT stating time and group status
HOME CONTACT logs check in time and adjusts next New ETA
If riders fail to check in HOME CONTACT calls or texts them, if they do not get a response after 30 minutes they call again and if still no response they informs the emergency services.
If riders are delayed (mechanical, injury, coffee) they must check in to inform HOME CONTACT.
DPS will share location with HOME CONTACT
Worst Case Scenario: Air Ambulance – Your bike will be secured as much as possible and will have to be retrieved after the ride has been completed. You need a padlock incase of this situation.
Antihistamine Tablets – taking one a few days before the ride helps to build up your system to reduce any reaction to bites.
Make sure your Spond profile is up to date with your medical conditions and a number that can be called to alert your family of the situation.
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