FAQ for Suffolk Fire Ride 2024

Is there parking available?  Yes, there will be car parking available directly by Aldeburgh Fire Station. W3W ///submit.staging.microchip. We would like to remind riders that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Fire Fighters Charity and any other partners cannot be liable for vehicles or belongings that are left unattended during the event.

When does the ride start? The ride starts at 8am and may be staggered over 15 minutes depending on numbers.  This approach allows us to ensure a safe environment for our riders in the first few miles until the group disperses.  Riders do not have to start immediately, however we envisage all riders having left by 0830 so that we can take full advantage of the quieter roads.

Can I enter and start later?
We request that everyone arrives at the stipulated time and is ready to depart in their allocated group as his makes it easier to provide support out on the road if needed.  If you need to leave later 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 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 cyclists they are. You will also receive a momento for your efforts and we will provide you with some light food and refreshments.  Please be aware that there will be an outside grassy area with some picnic tables, and some limited seating indoors.

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 30 miles/50 kilometers. 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?
Due to the recent warmer weather a water rest stop has been arranged on the longer route at Halesworth Fire Station.  A further water stop will be announced on the day. In addition there are opportunities along the route for you to stop and purchase refreshments, either in the lovely cafe’s or the small towns along the way.  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 routes are signed.  Signs are placed on junctions so there may be unsigned distances where riders are expected to continue on the same road.  The routes can also be uploaded to phones and other devices.

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 venues 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? We calculate times on 12 – 17 mph. Based upon those speeds a 37 mile distance could take around 2-3.5 hours, and a longer 73 mile distance would take around 4.5-6.5 hours, depending on previous experience and ability as well as the number of breaks that are taken.

What does my entry fee go towards?
No less than 80% of the £30 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. The £30 includes the EventBookings registration and card payment fees.

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 the adults clothing section of The Firefighters Charity website . Remember, anyone raising over £150 in sponsorship will receive a free cycling jersey. Please indicate your preferred size when registering.

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