FAQ for Suffolk Fire Ride 2021

When does the ride start? Riders will be allocated groups and started in 15min blocks.  We envisage all riders being on the road by 0830.

Can I enter and start later?
Due to Covid Security riders will be sent off in groups.  We request that everyone arrives at the stipulated time and is ready to depart in their allocated group. If you need to be in a later group please let the organiser know.

Can I register a Junior rider?
Junior riders may enter. We stipulate that anyone under 16 is accompanied by an Adult on their chosen ride. The Adult accepts responsibility for the junior rider and that the chosen route matches their abilities.

What is the family ride and why isn’t it signed? The family ride allows younger riders to take part in an organised event hosted by a fire station.  It stays local to the area, allowing plenty of opportunity for families to stop and enjoy the local amenities and head back to the fire station without rushing. It also allows for a short cut to be taken should the ride be too long.  It does include traffic so young riders must be accompanied by an adult who remains responsible for them throughout.  Due to the built up nature of some of the area, signing the ride can be challenging and instead the young rider can learn valuable map reading skills under the guidance of their accompanying adult.

What happens when I have completed my ride?
Our riders experience a huge sense of achievement on completion of their personal challenges, no matter how experienced. You will also receive a medal for your efforts and we will provide you with some good grub.  Please be aware that this will need to be eaten outside due to the Covid Secure arrangements that will be in place.

What sort of bike do I need?
The profiles of all our rides can be undertaken on many types of bikes, but we do recommend using a road bike on anything over 50 miles. If you have not previously undertaken any distances on your mountain bike we recommend fitting road tyres and undertaking a longish training ride to ensure you are comfortable with your chosen distance.

What training do I need to undertake?
It is recommended that training is undertaken for any distance that is considerably longer than your usual ride, and that distances are increased gradually during training.

What do I need to take on my rides?
Apart from your bike and a CE marked helmet (compulsory), we recommend that you carry a puncture repair kit, at least one mobile phone per group of riders, wet weather gear and sufficient energy gels or snacks for the distance that you are undertaking.

Does the event allow for any rest/refreshment stops?
No, the event organiser does not provide additional rest or refreshment stops, but there are opportunities along the route for you to stop and purchase items.  We do however recommend that you always carry enough fluid and snacks for the length of ride that you are undertaking.

Are the routes provided and signed?
Yes, both the 50Km and 100Km routes are signed.

What if I have a mechanical breakdown?
The Suffolk Fire Ride does have support available but we are looking after a number of riders and cannot guarantee how quickly we can get to you. Please carry the correct inner tubes/spares for your bike and be prepared to mend a puncture, or have arranged a lift prior to your ride should you think you may need one.

What do I do in an emergency?
In the event of an emergency that requires immediate medical attention please call 999.

Do I need insurance?
The Fire Fighters Charity only provides basic event insurance, which does not cover participants who have injured themselves out on the road or for loss or damage to their equipment. We recommend that all riders have their own insurance.

What if I want to discontinue with the ride?
That would be a shame but we do understand that this can occur. Please inform the organiser using the information we provide you with during registration so that we know that you have withdrawn and can remove you from the register.  We wish you all the best for your next challenge and hope to see you again the following year at the Suffolk Fire Ride.

Are your stations accessible to the disabled?
Our stations are accessible to the disabled. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details.

How long does it take to complete the different challenges? 50 Km would take around 2-2.30 hours on a road bike, 100 Km would take 4-6 hours, depending on previous experience and ability.

What does my entry fee go towards?
No less than £17 of the £20 entry fee goes directly to The Fire Fighters Charity.  A very small percentage will be used in running costs but the Suffolk Fire Ride is almost entirely funded through sponsorship and is run by volunteers. There will be an additional fee when registering through Eventbrite.

What does The Fire Fighters Charity do?
The Fire Fighters Charity is the official organisation that support injured fire personnel and their families. Please go to www.firefighterscharity.org.uk for further details of the outstanding work that they do.

Can I purchase a T shirt or Charity Cycling Jersey?
Fire Fighters Charity Cycling jerseys, t-shirts and other items (incl. childrens clothing) can be purchased through their online shop, please go to http://firefighterscharityshop.myshopify.com/collections/adults-clothing . Remember, anyone raising over £250 in sponsorship will receive a free cycling jersey. Please indicate your preferred size when registering.