What bike do I need?
You don’t need to have the latest carbon fibre racing bike to complete the Mitie 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?
There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. As a minimum you will need a good pair of padded cycling shorts, which you can get from any good bicycle shop. In addition, you want to layer up dependent on the weather. We’ll be sending out a full kit list before the event with more detailed guidance but as a summary you should have the following:
- Helmet (No helmet, no ride)
- Cycle shorts
- Cycling shoes or trainers
- Short and long sleeve breathable sports top
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Cycle gloves
Is there an age limit?
Riders must be aged 16 years or above on the 16th May 2015 to be allowed to enter Mitie London Revolution. Riders under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for insurance reasons.
Can I enter as a team?
Due to the medical and dietary information and acceptance of our event rules and regulations, all participants must register individually. During the ride you will all be able to cycle together if you wish or people can split into different groups depending on their speed. Overnight, we allocate tents numerically as riders come in rather than pre-allocating, but if you arrive at the same time then all your tents will be next to one another.
If you would like to talk to a member of Threshold about the possibility of team entry (10+ people) and how we can support their pre-event experience on elements such as kit design and training days please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I pay?
You will need to pay the full entry amount when you sign up to the ride which you can do on the Enter Now page. This can be done by paying by credit or debit card on the online system. We are unable to accept payments over the phone.
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 are transfer and name change options – please refer to our event rules and regulations for full details.
On the day
What time do I need to get there?
Each morning the start line will be open from 7.30am until 9.30am, so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get yourself ready before setting off. We will share detailed registration times closer to the event.
How fast do I have to cycle?
Each day the route will be open for a 12 hour period between 7.30am to 7.30pm. 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 on registration.
Will there be mechanical support on the road? Do I need to 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. All you need is a puncture repair kit or spare inner tube, a couple of tyre levers and a pump and we strongly recommend having a practice before the event weekend. There are many online tutorials on this subject to help you along.
If I am staying overnight, do I need to bring my own tent?
No. Your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag!
What time will I arrive at basecamp?
This is dependent on how 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.
Will there be rest stops along the route?
Each day there will be 2 pre-determined pit stops with snacks, drinks and facilities. We ask that you don’t arrange to meet friends and family at these point as they can become very crowded if each cyclist has supporters there as well.
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 has the route changed direction this year?
Here at Threshold we are always striving for relentless improvement in everything we do, and we know how important the route is to the enjoyment for our riders on the day. Therefore, based on feedback from previous years we have decided to reverse the route in 2015 and travel in a clockwise direction, tackling the central London section of the ride first. This enables our riders to travel through central London whilst they are at their most fresh and alert and should enable most riders to get through the busy section of Central London in the earlier hours of Saturday morning whilst the roads are quieter.
Why are we not going up Box Hill?
Due to the change in the direction of the route this year, we have also decided to omit Box Hill from the route. 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.