Thank you for signing up to take part in our Cycle St Giles events.
Although it may seem a long way off, there is plenty of preparation you need to do before the big day.
Please find below further information about the events, advice on ways to fundraise and everything you need to know to get prepared for you cycle.
For more information about the events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01543 432538.
Your support matters… Thank you.
Now that you are registered you will receive a welcome pack which will include event information, training tips, some fundraising ideas and a sponsorship form, which you will need to help you collect money from friends, family and colleagues when you’re out and about.
Your pack will be sent to you in the post within five working days.
Your entry fee covers the administration cost of the event
You can help even more by raising sponsorship which will help St Giles to continue to provide care and support free of charge to patients and their families.
Thank you to everyone who has pledged to raise money through a fundraising entry.
Don’t forget Gift Aid…
We can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 donated. Online giving pages allow your sponsors to easily add gift aid to their donations. If you are using a paper sponsorship forms, then please check these are filled out correctly with gift aid boxes ticked. Remember to send the forms back to us along with your donations so we can benefit from that extra 25p per £1!
Just in case
We would recommend that all riders carry a phone and some form of I.D. in case you take a wrong turning. A small amount of money is recommended for essential spares such as inner tubes and refreshments.
An approved safety helmet must be worn by all participants at all times whilst riding in the St Giles Cycle rides. Any individuals not wearing such a helmet will not be covered by the event insurance and therefore not be able to ride our event.
It is up to each rider as to what you want to wear for your own safety and comfort, however everyone looks good in an orange St Giles Hospice cycling shirt, which co-incidentally are available to purchase both before and on the day.
If you would like to purchase a 2019 St Giles cycle vest please contact the Supporter Care Team on 01543 432538.
Remember your bike!
Please make sure that you have your bike prepared for your chosen distance. We will have people available at the start who might be able to help with some small adjustments or blow up your tyres, but please ensure your bike is ready and safe on arrival. Our checklist – tyres to be in good condition, your brakes working, your chain lubricated and your seat is secure. Remember you will need a helmet to take part in the ride.
To make sure you stay the distance, you might want to watch this:
Essential energy boosts
We have feed stations on all routes but we do recommend that you carry something to snack on should you need it. Make sure you have a water bottle or two on your bike – dehydration will slow you down quicker than lack of food.
Your number is your number
Unless agreed beforehand, you must not ride under someone else’s number. We will not accept substitutions after the closing date for entries.
Entries close at 12pm on the following dates:
Cycle St Giles Spring – 3rd May
Cycle St Giles Autumn – 20th August
Spring: Parking is on site at the Innovation Centre at Chasewater (WS8 7NL).
Autumn: Limited parking is available at Coton House Farm (WS14 9LQ), The Dog Inn and Sheepwash farm. Where possible, please walk, cycle or jog to registration and help us to keep access to the Hospice as clear as possible.
Grab your timing chip
On the day you will need to register and collect your timing chip before you set off. Although this is a nice added extra to the ride for you it is actually so we know you are not stranded in a remote village wearing nothing but lycra! You must return the timing chip on on completion of the cycle.
Registration opens at 8am for both cycles.
Once you are out on the route, please follow the St Giles arrows throughout. You may see other orange arrows, but all St Giles Hospice direction signs have the St Giles logo on them. All the routes are different in parts to last year, so just because you’ve cycled with us before please don’t assume you know where you’re going.
GPX files will be issued ahead of the event.
If whilst out on the course you need some help, we will have one of our volunteers who is an experienced cyclist on his motorcycle, carrying a limited amount of spares to assist with minor repairs.
Start with the end in mind!
We will send riders off in waves of approx. 20 cyclists from 9.00am. Ride, laugh, eat, chill, and freewheel. Talking of freewheeling take every chance you can to freewheel as you will need energy for the next hill but please remember, this event is not a race.
Please respect the environment
The countryside and routes are open to be enjoyed by all throughout the year so please don’t drop any litter. Bins will be provided at each feed station for you to dispose of any waste.
Don’t forget the Highway Code!
Our routes are on public roads, so please ensure that you follow the Highway Code.
Your entry fee entitles you to free refreshments both in the morning and on your return. Also included is a goody bag, finishers medal and a certificate to be posted to you with your route times post event.
If you have selected a premium entry ticket, you will also receive a St Giles branded cycle vest and water bottle. You will be able to collect both of these items on the day of the event.
If you haven’t purchased a premium entry you can still purchase a 2019 St Giles cycle vest before the day by contacting the Supporter Care Team on 01543 432538.