Lancashire Cycle Link - Frequently Asked Questions
Here we try and answer some of your commonly asked questions...
- Do I have to wear a helmet?
- Is a copy of the route map available before the ride?
- What happens if I have a mechanical problem on the ride?
- When will I get my rider number and goodie bag?
- How old does a person have to be to enter the ride?
- What happens if I don't feel like I can complete the ride?
- Is the route signposted?
- I signed up for Le Tour ride but want to change to the Giro(and vice-versa). Is this a problem?
- Will there be food and drink at the feeding stations
- Can I ride the route on my tandem?
- Can I cycle to the start?
- What do I do with my gel or energy bar wrappers?
- I live too far away to cycle. Will you have any parking?
- What will I need on the day?
- Are there toilets on the course?
- What do I have to do on the day to make sure I have a safe and enjoyable ride?
All riders must wear helmets. We understand that for day to day cycling it is currently up to the individual whether you wear one or not. However, we are required for health and safety reasons to enforce this policy on our mass participation events both to protect you (the rider) and ourselves as organisers. Remember, cool kids wear lids.
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Yes. Once you've registered for a ride (and if you've CREATED AN ACCOUNT during the registration process) you can log into your Lancashire Cycling Links account and download a GPX file of the route. As there are now a wide variety of GPS units used by cyclists, you will have to convert it to a format appropriate to your particular unit (tcx, kml, etc.)
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TO DEAL WITH SIMPLE PUNCTURES, WE ADVISE THAT ALL RIDERS BRING ALONG A PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT AND PUMP. If you need further help, a mechanic will be on hand to help.
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These will be available on the day of the ride. Just go to registration with your confirmation email and we'll get you sorted
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16 or over. Any children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Riders who unable to complete the ride, for whatever reason, can call the emergency number shown on the route map given out on the day and we'll direct a pick up vehicle to relay you and your bike to start/finish. If you are unable to contact anyone, please ask another rider to let one of the ride organisers know where you are and we will have you picked up as soon as we can.
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There will be directional signage at all major junctions. We will have cycle welfare signage for hazards, technical sections and feed stations. We will show these to you before you set off on the ride so you'll know what you're looking for.
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I signed up for Le Tour ride but want to change to the Giro(and vice-versa). Is this a problem? Share The Road
No problem - just let us know on the day so we can amend your details.
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Yes. We will be providing snacks and drinks at Chipping Village Hall (including some infamous EJs flapjacks). For a small charge tea coffee, bananas apples, flap jacks, will be available at West Bradford Village Hall, so don't forget to bring some cash. OTE will also be providing gels and juice at the West Bradford food stop.
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Yes. You are paying per person, so tandem bikes are fine. Just make sure the person behind isn't slacking and making you do all the work.
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You can indeed. In fact, we'd encourage it. Start/Finish. Roots Cafe, Black Leach Farm, Roots Lane, Catforth, PR4 0JB
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There will be bins at the start/finish and at both feed stations. Please keep any wrapper you have in your jersey pocket and discard them in the bins provided. Do not throw litter on the road.
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Yes. Parking spaces are available and will be sign posted once you reach Roots Cafe. Roots Cafe, Black Leach Farm, Roots Lane, Catforth, PR4 0JB
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We recommend that you bring the following - 2 spare inner tubes - Puncture repair kit - Multi-tool - Tyre levers - Pump or CO2 inflator - Fully charged mobile phone - Waterproof jacket (not that you'll need it) - Money - Gels
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Yes - There are toilets at the start/finish and at both feed stations. So hopefully you won't get caught short.
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Come to the start line prepared for all weather conditions. If you feel uneasy about any aspect of the ride, speak to one of the organisers. Ensure you bike is in good repair with good brakes. A bike mechanic will be on hand to help with any issues you may be having.
When you are out on the route, pay attention to what's going on around you!
- Stop at give way marking and STOP at all red lights
- Ride no more than two abreast
- Give way to emergency service vehicles
- Take descents at a steady pace. Some of the hills on the route are cycle accident black spots. So take care.
- Ride according to the conditions and take heed of warnings signs
- Pass other riders on the right only and when passing another rider to call out ‘passing’
- Communicate with your fellow riders and tell them ‘car back’, ‘passing’, ’on your right’, ‘slowing’ or ‘stopping’ as appropriate
- Point out potholes, rocks and other road hazards to other riders behind
- In wet conditions, increase your distance to other riders to allow for safe braking
- This is an event designed to promote Share the Road, so be courteous to other road users
- Pace yourself throughout the ride. It's not a race.
- Regularly intake fluid and food as it is important to your wellbeing
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