Frequently Asked Questions
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 although people have completed it on Bromptons, single speeds and mountain bikes in the past. A prize for the first person to do it on a penny farthing!
What kit should I wear?
There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. There is nowhere where this rings truer than England in May and if you are out on a bike you need to be prepared for anything from hot sun to torrential rain. As a minimum you will need a good pair of padded cycling shorts. If you don’t have them and feel they might look a bit odd, trust us, you won’t look as odd as your walking style when you come into camp with chafing and a very sore rear end! You can get them from any good bicycle shop. In addition you want to layer up dependent on the weather. We will send a kit list before the event with more detailed guidance but in summary: cycle shorts, cycling shoes or trainers, a short and long sleeve breathable sports top, a waterproof shell jacket, cycle gloves and of course… a good helmet. NO HELMET, NO RIDE!
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 to be able to fix their own punctures. It is remarkably simple when you are shown how, and all you need is a puncture repair kit or spare inner tube, a couple of tyre levers and a pump. Once you’ve had a practice you’ll be up and running again in no time and if you pack a multi-tool you can fix 90% of problems yourself on the road before calling in the backup.
Can I enter as a team?
You can enter groups of as many people as you want whether it is a sports team, a collection of friends, colleagues from work, or from a local charity. You can register together, but all people will need to enter their full details and accept the rules and regulations. 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 the team about elements like kit design, training days or a bespoke corporate package then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
How do I pay?
You need to pay the full amount when you sign up to the ride which you can do on the Enter Now page . You can pay by credit or debit card, but you have to do it using the online system as we don’t accept payment over the phone.
If I cancel, can I get a refund?
Your entry fee is non-refundable so we’re afraid you will still have to pay even if you can’t make the event due to injury or any other circumstances.
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 to head out on the road before then. We will share detailed registration times closer to the event.
Can I leave my car at the start on Saturday and collect it at the finish on Sunday?
We are finalising parking arrangements for the start at the moment and will confirm details as soon as we have them.
How fast do I have to cycle?
Each day the route will be open for a 12 hour period – 7.30am to 7.30pm. Therefore you need to be able to cycle around 9mph as a minimum (to allow for some rest time!). This may sound stretching, but this should be within reach for most people if they follow the training plan provided on registration.
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 base camp but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag!
What time will I arrive at base camp?
This is dependent on how fast you can cycle! We’d expect riders to be arriving from around 2pm onwards so we will be ready to welcome you.
How long do I need to train for?
This is dependent on how much cycling you do currently. We will provide you with a training plan and comprehensive training advice to ensure you are in the best possible shape in May.
Is there an age limit?
Riders must be aged 16 years or above on 17 May 2014 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.
How many miles is each day?
London North (Saturday 17 May) is approximately 100 miles, and London South (Sunday 18 May) is approximately 85 miles but this can change due to last minute diversions for roadworks and so the best thing to do is assume you have a few more miles to do than that.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes. Safety out on the road is paramount to us and you can’t ride without one.
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 coming through has 4 supporters there as well.
Is there a deadline for entries?
We don’t take any entries from the 5pm on Friday 2nd May onwards, but we are expecting the overnight places to sell out again this year and so it is worth registering quickly if you don’t want to miss out.
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.