FAQ for 2018 event

What time does the Ride start?
There will be a mass start at 8am. Riders can start after this time, especially if undertaking the 25 mile route, however we do recommend that for safety reasons everyone is on the road by 9am.

Can I enter on the day?
We request that everyone signs up by 16th June in order that we can meet requirements under our insurance. However, we will accept entries on the day if we have prior notification. Entry on the day will be £20. Please contact the event coordinator (see Contact page).

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

What sort of bike do I need?
The profiles of all three routes can be undertaken on many types of bikes, but we do recommend using a road bike on the 60 and 100 mile routes. If you have not previously undertaken these 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 bring?
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.

What time is registration and are there any checkpoints?
Registration opens at 7.15am. We do not allocate race numbers but will provide each rider with a hard copy of the route, and a sheet of emergency contact details which must be carried by each rider.  Checkpoints are still to be confirmed. All riders must report back to registration on completion of these distances, including those making up 100 miles by first completing the 60 mile loop and then the 40 mile loop.

Are there any rest/refreshment stops?
The 60 mile route offers a refreshment stop at Long Melford Fire Station (at about 33 miles).
The 100 mile route uses the 60 mile route above which returns to Holbrook Fire Station (where there will be plenty of food!) before heading out on a final 40 mile route. Please do the 60 mile route first when doing the 100 miler.

What food and refreshments are provided?
The refreshment stop at Long Melford will only provide snacks and drinks, however Holbrook Fire Station will provide hot food on completion of your ride (and at 60 miles for the 100 mile ride).

Do you cater for people who have dietary requirements?
We would be pleased to cater for anyone with specific dietary requirements. Please let us know in advance of the event and we will endeavour to meet them.

Where can I park?
There are a number of options for parking around Holbrook village including the car park next to the village hall (please don’t use the car park at the Compasses Public House). Parking is also available at the Royal Hospital School, along the road.

Is the route signed?
Yes, the route will be signed. Signs will be on turnings or where there is a long distance between junctions.

Is there a safety briefing?
There will be a short safety briefing before the mass start. Riders will be advised of any last minute health and safety, or route issues.

What if I have a mechanical breakdown?
We will have van and motorcycle back up support. Please carry the correct inner tubes/spares for your bike and be prepared to mend a puncture in the first instance. The support vehicle telephone numbers will be on the Emergency Sheet that you will be provided with during registration and which must be carried at all times.

What do I do in an emergency?
In the event of an emergency that requires immediate medical attention please call 999. The support vehicles will carry basic first aid equipment, and the van will be able to return lightly injured riders back to Holbrook Fire Station.

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?
If you choose to abandon the ride, the event coordinator must be informed using the telephone numbers on the sheet. If you cannot physically complete the ride and require repatriation please contact the organiser for the support van, however there may be a delay if the van is supporting a rider elsewhere.

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 25, 40, 60 or 100 miles?
If you are new to the sport, we recommend you allow 1.5-2 hours for the 25 mile route, 2.5-3.5 hours for the 40 mile route, 4-6 hours for the 60 mile route. We recommend that you can undertake a 60 mile training ride in 4.5 hours or under before committing to the 100 mile route. However, as the 100 mile route returns to Holbrook Fire Station at 60 miles, this gives riders the opportunity to assess whether they wish to continue and finish the final 40 mile leg.

What does my entry fee go towards?
No less than £13 of the £15 entry fee goes directly to The Fire Fighters Charity. A very small percentage will be used in administration costs but the Suffolk Fire Ride is almost entirely funded through sponsorship and donations.

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 £150 in sponsorship will receive a free cycling jersey. Please indicate your preferred size when registering.