VALERIDE Briefing – 2016
- Participants will be responsible for the roadworthiness and safe working order of their own bike. Please ensure your brakes are in good working order, and that you have the tools and spares necessary to affect minor roadside repairs to your bike.
- The use of triathlon handlebars or other bar extensions is discouraged. If riders do have them fitted they must not be used when riding in a group, with riders allowing sufficient time to reach their brakes if necessary.
- Although the Valeride is not a race we believe that riders should be rewarded for their efforts so we have a number of trophies and the kudos of the title that will be yours to defend in 2016.
Individual – First male, First female
Team – First team of five
Fixed Wheel – First male, First female
- This event takes place on the public highways , and you must obey the Highway Code.
- It is compulsory for all under 18′s to wear a hard shell cycling helmets. All other riders are encouraged to wear a helmet. We also encourage riders to wear high visibility clothing.
- All participants under the age of 18 shall have a consent form completed by their parent/guardian. A parent or guardian must accompany riders under the age of 16.
- You understand and agree that you participate in this event entirely at your own risk, and that you must rely on your own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that you must ride in a manner which is safe to yourself and others. This includes adherence to the Highway Code and riding more than 2 abreast at any time.
- You accept that if you do not abide by this briefing sheet, then the organisers will make all reasonable efforts to remove you from the event.
- Staying hydrated and maintaining your fuel supply is very important. We recommend that you stop at the designated break areas. You should also carry your own supplies of food and energy bars.
- Our weather is very unpredictable, so please ensure that you take adequate clothing to allow you to remain warm and dry throughout the day. Those on the 90 mile route will climb to an altitude of above 500m where it can often be a lot colder especially on the descent.
- Should you feel tired and need to take a break, ensure you do so off the public highway and in a safe place.
- There are descents on this event that will allow speeds in excess of 40mph. Please ensure you control descend to a speed you are comfortable with.
- Personal support vehicles are not allowed in British Cycling’s event Guidelines. If you are being supported by friends / family during the event, please ensure that they do not impact the other riders in any way.
- Do not ride in a group if you are not comfortable in doing so, it takes a great deal of practice. We know that lots of riders enjoy group riding amongst friends and fellow riders of a similar speed, however groups should be limited to a maximum of 20.
- The emergency support vans are available to assist riders in need of assistance.
St Johns Ambulance will have a mobile unit on the route and first aiders will be available at both break stops and at the finish.