Updated 17th December
We are currently monitoring updates to the restrictions placed on areas affecting our events and will update the status of individual events when it is clear whether they can proceed or not.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: Our events are still open for booking, and we are commited to honouring your booking with us. In the event that we cannot run an event on the advertised date, your booking will be valid for a rescheduled date or transfer to another event with us of your choice within 18 months. If an event is going ahead, but you can’t attend for Covid related reasons (such as quarantining or tier 3 travel restrictions), you can also request a transfer of your booking to a future event within 18 months. During 2020, we have had 11 events disrupted by lockdown restrictions. We sucessfully rescheduled 7 of those, and have honoured every affected booking to ensure that no rider loses out.
RIDE IN SAFETY: Where current restrictions allow, we are proceeding with events based on the assessment that our events are a safe activity in current circumstances, for the following reasons:
- They are not ‘static gatherings’. They spread participants over wide, remote areas and varied time periods by design.
- Off-road cycling is a naturally socially distancing activity.
- We have risk assessed every aspect of the events and introduced new safety procedures wherever necessary, including:
- Pre allocate start times to spread out arrival of riders at the event.
- 2m social distancing enforced throughout the event.
- As many aspects of event base activity as possible will be conducted outdoors.
- Where indoor activity is required, masks will be mandatory.
- One way systems will be introduced where needed.
- Hand sanitiser will be made widely available for use by staff and participants.
- Cleaning of surfaces will be conducted regularly throughout the day.
- We have introduced a faster check in process to streamline queues at registration.
- There will be no gathering of riders at the ride start, and no group briefings. A rider briefing document is emailed to participants in advance of the event to avoid the need for this and so that riders can be started quickly and efficiently without grouping or queuing.
- Ride starts will be staggered across a 90 minute period to spread riders out from the start of the day.
- 2 metre social distancing will be enforced at checkpoints and feed stations. Staff at feed stations will supervise food distribution and filling of water bottles to avoid touching of surfaces and items by multiple people.
- Riders will be limited to 3 minutes at checkpoints/feed stations before being required to move on, to avoid congregations at those points.
- Indoor catering at the finish will only be provided if permitted by current government guidelines/restrictions. Takeaway will be offered as an alternative if not.
- Staff at catering will supervise food and drink distribution to avoid touching of surfaces and items by multiple people.
- Food service and payment will be managed separately from each other.
- Contactless payment will be available.
- Ride results will be published live online for riders to view on their phones, to avoid crowding around a results screen (there will be no on site results screen).
We will continue to follow official advice and best practice in running our events, and to monitor changes in advice.
We hope this helps you make your decisions about entering our events. Full, up to date and specific information for each event will be sent out to entrants in the week prior to the event. We’re fortunate that the nature of our events makes them a pretty safe activity by default at the moment, but we’re taking this situation very seriously nonetheless.
For more information and advice about Coronavirus, see:
Common questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS
Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice – GOV.UK