Details

Location

The event HQ will be at Colvend Public Hall, Colvend, Dalbeattie, DG5 4QD.

Facilities

In Colvend there are;

  • Toilets
  • A café (open from 7am on Saturday morning)
  • A small general store/village shop
  • A range of campsites and B+B accomodation nearby (see below for details)
  • Car Parking (included in entry fee)

Course Navigation

The Distance route is divided into several sections. At the start of each section you will be provided with a map of the route on 1:50,000 OS mapping. GPX tracks of all route sections will also be available where checkpoint facilities allow (details to follow).  Navigation will not be difficult, but it will be the responsibility of the rider.

Everyone will follow the same route for section 1 (which should take 1.5 to 2.5 hours), at the end of which there will be a staffed checkpoint where you will be given a map for section 2. The route (and distance) of section 2 and each subsequent section, will be determined by the time at which you arrive at the checkpoint. Arrive earlier and the next section will be longer. The most ‘enthusiastic’ riders may be given extra sections to enjoy. Saturday’s ride will vary from approx 100 Km to 165Km (62 to 102 miles).

At each checkpoint (and at some intermediate locations) riders will fill in their brevet card, by recording some information or by having the card stamped by a marshal.

The aim is to get everyone to the overnight location between 6 and 7pm on Saturday, for ‘the benefits’ (see below).

Everyone will follow the same route back to the Start/Finish at Colvend on Sunday.  This will be approaximately 50 miles and a GPX route will be supplied.

Entries

Entry fee for the inaurgural The Distance 2017 is £60. Entry includes;

  • Camping and hot food/drink at the overnight
  • Sponsor products included in goody bag
  • Showers
  • Bar and social space at the overnight
  • Parking at start/finish
  • Coffee/tea at start
  • Course maps and GPX
  • Full medical team and radio equipped marshal team backup

In addition to the standard entry fee, riders can also purchase;

  • Additional food and drink on Saturday evening/Sunday morning
  • Bike wash (located on campsite)

Any queries on entries please contact us via the contact form or contact@focal.events

On Route Support

The Distance is a self supported ride (the benefits are earned at the overnight). There will be no feed stations, but the route is planned to pass ‘re-supply/re-fuel’ opportunities.

Marshals will have emergency supplies and some mechanical support.

Rider Briefing

In an effort to ensure every rider is well informed, a detailed rider briefing will be available to download 2 weeks prior to the event and will also be emailed to all riders. This presentation should be viewed prior to sign on. However, we will make an effort to present this information at the Event HQ.

Rider List

This will be uploaded 2 weeks prior to the event.

Please email us at contact@focal.events should you have a query regarding your entry.

Required Kit

The required kit is the minimum that must be carried.

  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Overnight shelter (tent, bivi and/or tarp*)
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket (as a minimum taped or welded seams)
  • Warm hat or buff type head covering
  • Front and rear light (rear with a flashing mode)
  • Mobile phone
  • Food for the duration of the event (except Sat dinner)
  • Ability to carry at least 1.5 litres of water

* tarps don’t stop midges…

Recommended Kit

  • Bike with 33c or larger tyres.  The course is designed to favour gravel bikes but any off-road capable bike in good working order can be used
  • GPS navigation and spare batteries if required
  • Spare long sleeve base layer and socks
  • Spare brake pads
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Multitool
  • Pump, it is recommended a standard pump be carried to supplement any C02 inflators.
  • Chain links
  • Chain lubrication
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Food for Sunday, incl breakfast.

Make sure that you carry essential spares and have the ability to undertake rudimentary repairs of your bike; parts of the route are remote.

Checkpoints

The Distance is a time limited adventure. We will aim to keep you riding for 9 hours or so –just long enough to earn dinner. The distance you travel will be determined by your enthusiasm to cover the miles.

The weather conditions can be variable and navigation is your responsibility. To ensure the safety of all participants a strict set of cut off times will be in place for each checkpoint, after which shorter route options will be given. We reserve the right to vary these cut off times based upon weather conditions and other adverse influencing factors.

If the rider, for whatever reason, cannot continue they must make every effort to contact event staff on the numbers provided on route map and brevet card. In a non-emergency, we will do what we can to assist, but you will have ensured you have sufficient equipment and supplies to spend the night outdoors.

There will be a 4x4 emergency medic vehicle for emergencies.

Start Times

The event will have a starting window from 8am to 9am. Riders can choose to start any time within this hour, but must have already registered to ride and be at the start line 20 minutes early for a final rider briefing and updates to the event.

The Overnight Site

The location of the overnight camp will not be communicated to riders in advance of the start. At the overnight there will be:

  • Ample level, grassy ground upon which to sleep
  • Clean drinking water, toilets (portaloos) and limited showers (if you really must…)
  • A hot meal (meat and vegetarian options) and hot drink
  • Breakfast and hot drinks for Sunday morning if required (at riders expense)
  • A bar and social area (bring some cash!)
  • Bike spares and mechanic support (charged to rider)

Programme

Friday

17:00-22:00 Sign on open in Colvend Public Hall

Meals are available in the café next door until 4pm

https://www.facebook.com/TreatsEatsCafeColvend/

The rider briefing can be downloaded and viewed prior to arriving at the event. There will be no formal briefing other than a start line rider briefing to outline any changes.GPX tracks of the route sections will be available to download. These will have been emailed to all riders in advance.

Saturday

06:00-08:00 Sign on open

08:00-09:00 Café open for coffee, tea and breakfast (pre-ordering may be necessary –details to follow in briefing notes/email)

08:00-09:00 Riders may start

18:00-20:00 Dinner is served at your overnight location, along with other ‘benefits’

* The organisers retain the right to amend the programme should issues arise. Any change will be communicated to riders at the earliest opportunity.

Accomodation

For those wishing to stay overnight near to the start on Friday/Sunday, there is a wide range of accommodation available, including:

Parking

Parking is available at the event Start/Finish and this is included in the entry cost.

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions detailed below apply to all entrants participating in The Distance. Completion of an entry form or purchase of an entry by every participant acknowledges acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the participant.

  1. Riders are required to attend a start line briefing and read briefing notes and sign to confirm that they agree to abide by the instructions given.
  2. All riders must be self-supported.  The event organisers and staff are not responsible for your preparedness while riding the course.
  3. You should ensure that both yourself and your bike are in a serviceable state to complete a 100 km mixed road ride.  A standard road bike is NOT suitable for this event.
  4. Each participant, upon signing the registration form, agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding at least 100km in 9 hours. They also agree that they are able to navigate the route marked upon the maps given (with aid of a GPS device if necessary). If, during the event, they decide to navigate away from the marked route, then all consequences of this action are theirs.
  5. If the situation arises that you are in an accident and are not capable of making the decision to call the emergency services, the rider agrees that a member of the organisation or a member of the public/other rider may call for them.
  6. At any time  pre, during, and post event, riders must conduct themselves in a manner that does not discredit themselves or the event organisers. Riders must be considerate to other users of bridleways, tracks, byways and public ways when riding on and off road.
  7. Riders are expected to respect the countryside that the event travels through. It should be remembered that this is both a working landscape and home to many communities. Riders stopping for a comfort break are asked to do so discretely and appropriately and not to cause any offence to local residents or other riders.
  8. There are lengthy sctions of public road included within the course.  You must obey all Highway Code rules.
  9. Riders whilst participating in the event must do so wearing a helmet complying with latest EN1078, ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards. Any rider not conforming with this term will not be allowed to start or will be removed from the event if started.
  10. Riders must carry the minimum required equipment for the full duration of the course.  Spot checks may be used to ensure rider safety.
  11. The organisers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event should access to the event or sufficient portions of the course be deemed too dangerous due to severe adverse weather conditions.
  12. The participant accepts that the event they are entering is not a race in any format.
  13. The Event Registration Form must be completed by a person aged 18 years or over. This event is not open to riders under 16.
  14. All riders are covered by third party insurance for the duration of the event. The cost of this is included in your entry fee. In addition, Focal Events are covered by public liability insurance.
  15. Organisers cannot take responsibility for loss or damage of personal possessions during the event.
  16. During the event there may be warning signs at appropriate points on the trails or roads used for this event. Absence of these signs does not signal there are no dangers approaching and it is the individual rider’s responsibility to make a decision regarding whether to ride a section or not. The marking of the route does not necessarily indicate that the trail or road is rideable and the participant is deemed to make their own decision about whether to proceed on bike, foot or not at all.
  17. Riders are expected not to drop or leave any litter on any part of the route and to dispose of it responsibly at an appropriate place or bin. Any rider found littering will be disqualified from the event.
  18. Riders will abide by rules displayed at the overnight camp – these may refer to cooking, fires and sanitation.
  19. Each participant will be fully responsible for any fees or costs incurred or arising from an accident either involving or caused by the rider. This includes, but is not exclusive to, fees from Police, Air Ambulance, Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance service.
  20. Each participant hereby grants to Focal Events an exclusive, absolute and irrevocable worldwide assignment in perpetuity in the photographs/film/video/electronic representations and/or sound recordings of the participant obtained at the event and grants to Focal Events the right to use and publish such content in any and all media. The participant hereby releases Focal Events from any and all liability from such use and promotion. The participant hereby authorises the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage and/or distribution of said photographs/film/video tapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of Focal Events. The participant specifically waives any right to any compensation they may have for appearing in any of the photographs/film/video/electronic representations and/or sound recordings of the participant at a Focal Events event.
  21. In the event that a participant fails to complete the course for any reason they agree to return to or call the event centre before the close of the event and report to a member of staff. Not doing so will mean that a search may be organised and the subsequent cost will be billed to the rider.
  22. Riders may apply for a 100% refund (up to) 6 weeks prior to the event and a 50% refund (up to) 4 weeks prior to the event.  There will be no refunds or transfer of entry after a date 4 weeks before the event i.e. 12th May 2017.  All refunds will incur a £5 administrative fee.  Entries are non transferable.