Frequently Asked Questions
We hope we can answer any other questions you have here, however if you want to talk through anything else about Dulux Trade London Revolution we are always on the end of the phone
What bike do I need?
You don’t need to have the latest carbon fibre racing bike to complete the Dulux Trade London Revolution. However, you do want one which is comfortable, safe and light enough that you can cover the distance efficiently. The best option would be a bike with thin wheels such as a racing, touring or commuting hybrid bike.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes. Safety out on the road is paramount to us so we cannot allow you to ride without one.
What kit should I wear?
At the very least we recommend some decent padded cycling shorts, which you can get from any good bicycle shop. If the weather turns, which we all know is a possibility in English weather, you will want to be able to layer up. We’ll be sending out a full kit list prior to the event but as a summary you should have the following:
Helmet (No helmet, no ride)
Cycling shoes or trainers
Short or long sleeve sports top
Is there an age limit?
Riders must be aged 16 years or above on the 16th May 2016 to be allowed to enter Dulux Trade London Revolution. Riders under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for insurance reasons.
Can teams enter?
We welcome teams on the race. Teams of friends- As we need all medical and dietary info from each participant we need each individual to register individually. There will be a section on the registration form that allows you to write in your team name, so that we can link you with your other team mates. This is important so that we know to put you in the same camping zone for the event. Corporate teams- If you are interested in entering a corporate team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can invoice your company for the places to the individuals don’t have to pay on registration when signing up. We will also let you know how we can support your pre-event experience on elements such as kit design and training days.
How to pay?
You must pay the full amount for a place upon signing up to the ride. To do this now, please visit the Enter Now page. This can be done by paying by debit card or credit card on the online system.
If I cancel, can I get a refund?
The entry fee is non-refundable so in the unfortunate event that you can no longer make the event due to injury or any other circumstances you will be unable to recover this fee. However, there is the option to do a “name change” and transfer your place to another participant for an admin charge of £20. Please refer to our event rules and regulations for full details.
ON THE DAY
Can I park at the start?
- Parking will be available at the race start in Lee Valley, this MUST be pre-booked and all permits visible on the dashboard on the day. The car park will be open Saturday 13th morning from 6.30 – 9.30am and close 8pm on Sunday 14th.
- An online booking form will be available and sent out to riders around March
What time do I need to get there?
On the Saturday morning we will be operating a staggered start system, whereby you will be allocated a time slot between 6.30am and 8am. Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time (around 30-45minutes) to get yourself ready before setting off. On the Sunday you will be able to set off in your own time between 7.30am and 9am.
How do I transport my bags from the start to the finish?
We’ll transport your bags for you from the start to finish each day. In your registration pack you will be given a luggage label with your rider on it to attach to any luggage so it is easy to find at the end of the day. You’ll just need to drop bags with us in the morning and they will be there for you to pick them up at the other end.
How fast do I have to cycle?
Each day the route will be open for a 12 hour period each day. Therefore, you need to be able to cycle around 9mph as a minimum. If this sounds like a stretch for you, we recommend following the event training plan provided to you as part of the package.
Will there be mechanical support on the road? Should I bring a puncture repair kit?
We will have mechanics out on the route to help with any significant issues, but we do ask all riders to bring a small toolkit and to be able to fix their own punctures. The kit that we recommend to bring along includes the following:
- Puncture repair kit
- Spare inner tube
- a couple of tyre levers
- A pump
We strongly recommend learning how to use this equipment prior to the event, there are many online tutorials on this subject to help you along.
What are the start times?
We will be managing staggered starts on Saturday morning, between 6.30-8am, to ensure a safe departure of all cyclists onto the route. The waves will be allocated according to the average speed that you stated on your registration form, with fastest riders leaving first due to safety reasons.
On the Sunday riders can set off any time between 7.30-9am.
Do I need to provide my own tent?
No. We will set up your tent so it will be waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp. We also provide a blow up sleeping mat. You do however need to provide a sleeping bag.
What time willI arrive at basecamp?
This depends on fast you can cycle, however we usually expect riders to be arriving from around 2pm onwards.
Are friends and family allowed to visit basecamp?
Yes. Spectators are allowed into the festival area at basecamp and there will be bars and concessions where they can buy food and drink. All non-overnight riders will need to be off the basecamp site by 10.00pm.
What is the basecamp address?
The basecamp is located at Ascot Racecourse. Those that are staying off-site are recommended to search for hotels nearby using this address: Ascot Racecourse, Windsor High St, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 7JX
Are there pit stops on the route?
There are two pit stops per day providing free snacks, hot and cold drinks and facilities. As participants start coming through these can get crowded so we ask that riders don’t meet friends and family at these points.
Are the roads closed?
No. The route is set along quieter roads so there is less traffic (and they’re more beautiful). You must still cycle sensibly and safely and obey the Highway Code in order to avoid accidents
How long do I need to train for?
This is very much dependent on how much cycling you do currently but we will provide you with a 16 week training plan and comprehensive training advice to ensure you are in the best possible shape in May.
Why are we not going up Box Hill?
It is a requirement of the National Trust that all riders be through the busy Box Hill section by 12pm which would not be possible as Box Hill sits around 60 miles into the route. Don’t worry, if it’s climbs and views that you are looking for, we’ve still got plenty of those for you to tackle.