Frequently Asked Questions
Costs and Inclusions
How much does it cost?
You must pay an initial registration fee to sign up to the challenge - the fee is paid per person and secures your place on the challenge.
- The registration fee is £79 for an Own Place and £49 for a Charity Place. This is non-refundable and non-transferable
- If you choose the Charity Place option, you commit to fundraise a minimum of £175* for your chosen charity
- 50% of your fundraising target is due 6 weeks prior to the challenge
- The remaining 50% of this is due to be with your charity no later than 4 weeks after the event.
(Gold charity registration is £39 throughout the registration period).
- Pre-event support - access to participants’ area, training guidelines
- Fundraising support, help and advice from your charity
- Fully signed route
- Rest stops en route
- Food en route
- Embedded support riders/vehicles, bike mechanics and medics
How old do I need to be?
You must be 14 years or over on the date of the event and accompanied by an adult if aged 14 or 15 years old.
If you are 16 or over you can ride without being accompanied.
Can I cancel my place on the challenge?
You can cancel your place on the event, but your registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that it will be between you and your chosen charity to deal with sponsorship monies paid.
Fitness and Training
How tough is the challenge?
The ride is fairly challenging and so you must train and be prepared for long stints in the saddle between break-stops!
We also advise that you have previously trained and cycled in urban areas and ideally with other cyclists, so that you can experience the same conditions as on the event.
GPS and route information will be released one month prior to departure and training guidelines can be found in the Participant Area.
Am I fit enough to take on the ride?
Yes! A 60 mile ride is the ideal event for both experienced riders looking for an interesting route and for anyone new to cycling who wants to take on a challenge for the first time. We strongly recommend heading out on a number of practice rides before the challenge, as building up your distances over time will help build your confidence with road cycling, traffic and riding amongst other cyclists. People of all ages*, experiences and fitness will be cycling.
There are two break stops along the route, one providing high energy snacks and a later one providing a nutritious lunch; at both rest stops there will also be toilets, an area to sit down and relax, medics and bike mechanics on hand to assist with any issues!
During the Event and Support
How will I find my way?
The route will be fully signed by our experienced signing team. We will also have qualified bike guides embedded within the event to assist at awkward junctions and provide encouragement up the hills!
What if I get lost?
You will probably be riding in small groups, or as part of a larger group of around 25 riders, for most of the way so it is very unlikely that you would lose the route. In the unlikely event that you do lose your way we have a central control set up for you so you can speak to one of the team who will help you back on track. We also have support vehicles and teams roaming the route who can be deployed to find you should you need further assistance.
What if I suffer a mechanical problem?
You are advised to get your bike thoroughly serviced and a bike MOT conducted at your local cycle shop before joining the ride. There will be professional bike mechanics on hand at the start for last-minute tweaks (not servicing) and also at break stops for problems incurred along the route. These mechanics also patrol the route in support vehicles and will stop to assist as required.
What insurance do I need?
All riders are insured under a comprehensive policy taken out by event organisers Classic Challenge for personal liability and accident cover.
Bike insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended and protects your bike against damage, theft and loss. Please note that neither the organisers, Classic Challenge, nor the charities accept any liability whatsoever in respect of damage, theft or loss of personal property (including bikes!) whilst on the event.
You are advised to bring a bike lock for your bike.
What happens to my baggage?
There will be an optional baggage service for transporting your baggage from the start to the finish of the challenge.
How do I get to the start?
The event starts from Lee Valley VeloPark – please refer to the Participant Area for full details.
What do I do at the finish?
Once finished you will be given a day pass to the Nuffield Health gym to use their shower and changing facilities.
Do I need to bring anything with me on the day?
Please bring your helmet and bike. Also bring a water bottle and energy bars for between stops, sun cream / small first aid kit, mobile phone, money and spare bike parts. If you bring a small bag we can transport this from the start to the finish line.
Charity and Fundraising
Once signed up, how do I start my fundraising and set up my fundraising page?
Once you have signed up to the challenge and chosen your charity, you can set up your online fundraising page by logging on to Virgin Money Giving. Once you have set this up you can start sending out the online link to all your friends and family to start collecting donations!
Your charity will also send you a welcome pack which will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans.
What happens if I fail to raise the minimum sponsorship amount?
Pedal4Cancer is a fundraising event for charity and therefore by signing up you are committing to fundraise the minimum sponsorship for your chosen charity - with 50% of that fundraising total due to your charity 6 weeks prior to the challenge.
Failure to meet the initial target could result in you being unable to take part in the challenge. However this is down to the discretion of the charity and will be decided on a case by case basis.
Who should I speak to regarding fundraising issues and my sponsorship pack?
Once you have signed up to the challenge your charity will send out a fundraising pack - if you still haven't received this within three weeks of registering onto the challenge then please contact your charity.
I would like to fundraise for a charity who aren't featured on the website?
Pedal4Cancer is for any cancer charity you wish to raise funds for, whether it be on a charity place or own place basis. On the sign up sheet, if the charity you wish to fundraise for is not listed, you will be required to purchase the own place option.
Can I fundraise for more than one charity?
No, you must choose one charity and fundraise the minimum required amount for them. This is because your charity pay a fee for your place on the ride.
As a team can we pool our fundraising?
Yes - as long as you are all fundraising for the same charity. You can create a team page on Virgin Money Giving and we recommend that you also let your charity know this is how you will be fundraising.
*Age restrictions apply, you must be 14 years and older to participate in this event.