WHY IS THE ROUTE DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR?
We received very useful feedback regarding last year’s Bikeathon route and wanted to make changes to incorporate that feedback and make the Bikeathon as enjoyable as possible for all our riders.
Read more about this year's routes
CAN I CHANGE MY ROUTE?
Participants can change their route right up until the end of July. However, we recommend that you get in touch with us as soon as you possibly can as being able to switch your route is totally dependent upon there still being spaces available on your new route.
Changing route may also incur a charge. This is purely to cover the cost of the event and only applies if you are switching from the 26/52 mile route to the 100 mile route. If you get close to the event and feel that the 52 mile route is a little too much or, conversely, the training has gone well and you want to ride the 52 mile route rather than the 26, this is absolutely fine and you can transfer without charge.
CAN I ENTER A TEAM INTO THE BIKEATHON?
Yes! We actively encourage team sign up as the more people you have riding with you, the more money you’ll raise to help us beat blood cancer the better! You can enter up to 20 riders online, if you want to register more than this, contact Sophie Hedges at: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will provide an easy to use spreadsheet for you to enter your team. Teams of 10 or more riders signing up for the 26 or 52 mile route will also receive a third off entry fees for every team member.
HOW WILL I SEE THE ROUTE?
If you own a GPS bike computer or smart phone you can download a digital version of the route direct from the website. Download your route here.
On the day the Bikeathon team will be able to provide you with another copy of the route and answer any last minute questions that you may have.
I AM NOW UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LONDON BIKEATHON. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
It will be a shame not to see you at the Bikeathon but we understand that things happen beyond your control which mean you have to pull out. However, if you aren’t able to make it for any reason, please contact us with your details as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are only able to refund entry fees for the first seven days after purchase. After that we are unable to process any refunds. However, we do offer a transfer service free of charge – so if you know someone who is willing to ride in your place then do let us know!
Please note that all transfers must take place before the end of July and that the rider number issued for transfers may be different from the original number.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO DO THE LONDON BIKEATHON?
The London Bikeathon is not a race so you can pedal at whatever pace is comfortable for you. There are also water stations on all three routes where you’ll have a chance to catch your breath and rehydrate. That said, we do recommend that you do something in the way of training for all three routes.
For the 26 mile route we recommend that you go out for a few rides in the weeks building up to the Bikeathon, especially if you’re not used to riding a bike. For the longer 52 and 100 mile routes we do recommend that you do some structured training to ensure that you’re fully prepared and in a position to make the most out of the event. Check out our cycling training guide and 10 week training plan for tips and advice on how to get started.
WHAT SORT OF BIKE CAN I USE?
You can use any type of bicycle as long as it’s roadworthy – over the years we’ve had entrants taking part on Bromptons and even tandems! For the 100 mile route, however, we recommend that you use a reliable road bike as 100 miles is a long way and you’ll need a bike with decent gears and brakes for some of the hill climbs and descents!
It’s also worth getting your bike checked out and serviced by your local bike shop to make sure it’s in the best condition possible ahead of the event. Check out our bike guide for further information.
Sadly, there’s no option to hire a bike on the day so please don’t turn up without one!