Frequently Asked Questions

We hope we can answer any questions you have here or on the site, but if you want to talk through what life on Deloitte Ride Across Britain is like we are always on the end of the phone. 

GENERAL FAQs – Deloitte RAB 2019

Can I pay the entry fee in instalments?

Yes, there is the option to pay your entry fee in instalments.  More details regarding the instalment schedule for each package can be found below:

Package Instalments  
  On registration On 5th Nov 2018 On 5th April 2019 Full Price
Classic        
Early Bird (before 30th September) £249 £800 £550 £1,599
Standard (1st October to 5th November) £249 £800 £650 £1,699
Standard (6th November to 31st January) £999 £700 £1,699
Final release (1st February to 5th April) £999 £800 £1,799
Final release (after 5th April) £1,799 £1,799
England        
England (before 5th November) £249 £375 £375 £999
England (before 5th April £624 £375 £999
England (after 5th April) £999 £999
Scotland        
Scotland (before 5th November) £249 £325 £325 £899
Scotland (before 5th April) £574 £325 £899
Scotland (after 5th April) £899 £899
Plus        
Single occupancy        
Before 5th November £349 £1,175 £1,175 £2,699
Before 5th April £1,524 £1,175 £2,699
After 5th April £2,699 £2,699
Double occupancy        
Before 5th November £249 £1,025 £1,025 £2,299
Before 5th April £1,274 £1,025 £2,299
After 5th April £2,299 £2,299
Is my deposit refundable?

The refund amount the individual is entitled to will depend on how early they notify us of the need to cancel, as nearer to the ride the costs for that individual will have already been accounted for. The refund schedule is outlined in our Rules and Regulations

 

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend that riders take out suitable insurance to cover themselves and their bikes during and in the lead up to the event. If riders are suitably insured, they will be covered should they have to pull out for any reason. We will provide the necessary documentation to give to their insurers to be reimbursed the entry fee. We cannot personally give advice on this but your insurers should be able to advise you on suitable cover.

When do I need to arrive on the event?

The official dates for the Ride are:

  • Full Course Classic/ Plus: 7th – 15th September 2019
  • England: 7th – 12th September 2019
  • Scotland: 13th – 15th September 2019

Riders will be expected to arrive from 2pm the day before their first day of riding to register and prepare for the next day. There will be dinner and a briefing the evening before the first day of riding, and accommodation provided down in Land’s End.

How do I get my bike to the start and from the finish?

We have a third party transport supplier, European Bike Express, that help our riders get their bikes to and from the event. This is an additional cost. Click here to see the 2018 timetable for a good idea of timings and pick up points and have a read through the Bike Transport FAQs. Please note, these are from 2018 and are subject to change for the 2019 event.

How the bike transport service works:

  • Around a week before the event – You will be able to drop off your bike at a location around the country at a specified time (around 12 locations across the UK – usually motorway service stations). Your bike will will then be transported to the start line and ready and waiting for you when you arrive in Land’s End.
  • After the event – You can leave your bike with us at the finish and collect if from the pick up point of your choice around a week later at a specified time.

Please note: If you are an England or Scotland rider you will need to organise your own transport to/ from Edinburgh.

 

Is there rider transport available?

We will be providing a rider shuttle service, at an extra cost, (for riders and bags only, with the exception of overseas riders) that will collect riders from local transport links to Land’s End and John O’Groats. These are usually:

LE – Penzance train station (best for if you are travelling down from London), Exeter Airport, Newquay Airport, Bristol Airport.

JOG – Wick Airport/ Wick train station / Inverness Airport (for flights/ trains back to London and other destinations)

For those flying out of Inverness at the end of the ride there will be shuttles on both the Sunday (from the finish line in JOG) and from a hotel nearby Inverness airport on the Monday morning. For an idea of how this works, click here to see the 2018 timetable and read the Rider Transport FAQs. Please note, these are from the 2018 event and are subject to change for 2019.

I'm an international rider, what are my best transport options?

If you are flying from overseas for the Ride, we understand you may not be able to drop your bike for the bike transport in advance of the event. Therefore our transport service will allow you to book your bike on to certain “rider only” bus shuttles for an additional cost. 

Getting from London to Land’s End: If you are flying in to London, your best option is to get a train from London to Penzance (you must book your bike onto this in advance). You then need to book a shuttle with you (and your bike) to get to the start line. Alternatively there are some shuttles from southern airports such as Bristol and Newquay.

Getting from JOG to London: On day 9 (the last day) there is no accommodation provided. However, our shuttle provider organise shuttles from the finish to Inverness and Wick on the Sunday afternoon/ evening (must be pre-booked). The majority of riders will make their onward journey on the Sunday but many opt to stay overnight in either Inverness or Wick and get flights or trains the following day. You will either want to get a late flight or sleeper train from Inverness on the Sunday, or a flight back to London from Inverness on Monday.

What happens if I need to cancel my place?

We offer a refund sliding scale if participants have to cancel their place for any reason. The refund amount the individual is entitled to will depend on how early they notify us of the need to cancel, as the nearer to the ride it gets the costs for that individual will have already been accounted for – this is outlined in our Rules and Regulations. The deposit is not refundable under any circumstances. 

We highly recommend that riders take out insurance to cover themselves should any issue occur which would result in cancellation. Alternatively we do offer the option to defer your place to the following years event. Participants who wish to defer are subject to pay a ‘deferral fee’, which will vary depending on the time of notification. Click here for deferral Rules and Regulations in section 2.10. 

Can I defer my place to 2020?

Threshold will allow a participant to defer their place on the event to the following year under the following circumstances

  • The participant must have paid the full Entry Fee for their place on the event
  • If the participant has balances outstanding these must be paid immediately before the deferral can be approved.
  • The participant is subject to pay a “Deferral Fee” depending on the time of notification that they wish to defer.

Please click here to view the full deferral policy, head to section 2.10.

ON THE ROUTE

How much training am I expected to do?

The level of training required will vary depending on the individual. We provide riders with the choice of three training plans to download: novice, intermediate and advanced. All three training plans are designed to get riders at any level in shape to enjoy and complete the ride.

It’s not obligatory for riders to strictly follow the training plans we provide. Don’t panic if you miss a session, just ensure you keep up your fitness and “get the miles in your legs”. Some riders will opt to follow their own tailored plans or go on recommendations of others who have completed similar events – so there are other ways of training outside our guidelines.

As well as training plans, each of our monthly emails will include a section on responsible riding. It is important to remember that the key factor of training is to get out on the bike as much as you can, as well as learning key skills that you will need for the ride, such as riding in a group. Therefore it is also recommendable for riders to get some practice group riding, train on undulating terrain and perhaps have a go at a multi-day sportive such as the Dulux London Revolution 2019.

What is the Broom Wagon?

He/she understands that broom wagon collection covers injury, illness or not being able to maintain the pace of 10mph. Any Participant who has THREE broom wagon collections will be asked to leave the Ride after the third collection and not permitted to take part in the remainder of the Event.

These are the reasons why you would receive a strike:

  • If a Rider is collected during the day, this counts as ONE broom wagon collection.
  • If a Rider does not start on a particular day, and travels in the broom wagon to the next base camp, this counts as ONE broom wagon collection.
  • If a Rider does not start on a particular day, and organises their own transfer to the next base camp but needs their bike to be transported by the broom wagon, this counts as ONE broom wagon collection.
  • If a Rider does not start on a particular day, and organises their own transfer to the next base camp for themselves AND their bike, this does NOT count as a broom wagon collection.
  • If a Rider does not start on a particular day, and organises their own transfer to the next base camp for themselves AND their bike, and fails to inform Event Control of their actions, this counts as ONE broom wagon collection
Are there pit stops along route?

There will be pit stops roughly every 35-40 miles along the route for you to eat and drink. It’s also a good opportunity to sort out any mechanical/ medical issues you might be having.

How many miles will I cycle on average each day?

You will cycle on average 109 miles a day, wth the longest day being 119 miles. You will be cycling at least 100 miles each day, for 9 consecutive days, so you will need to make sure that your training prepares you for that.

To see a detailed version of the daily route, climb and distance head to the route page here.

What is the climb like each day on Deloitte RAB?

You are climbing an average of 5,776ft per day. The largest day is Day 1 at 8,232ft and the smallest day being a climb of 3,133ft on Day 4.

What do I need to have done before I arrive at the start line?

Throughout your training you should be taking the time to ride within a group on busy roads and also, noting the approximate climbs undertaken on each day, making sure your training is including climbing of that height or similar. We would ask that you have completed long distance rides, which are a minimum of 80 miles prior to the event. We also advise that you have completed a number of training rides on consecutive days in order to experience fatigue brought on by persistent mileage.

Is the route fully signposted?

Yes the route will be fully signposted, with chaperones along the route for support.

CLASSIC, ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

What does the entry fee cost go towards?

The whole entry fee goes towards the costs of the facilities and services put in place for riders. 

These costs include camping facilities, food – including breakfast, lunch, dinner and pit stop snacks, sports nutrition and facilities for showering/ bathrooms etc. The fee also goes towards crew service costs on the event such as: chaperones, medical and massage teams, mechanics, luggage transport services and basecamp/ pit stop crew. Check out our What’s included page for more information.

Is overnight stay included on the evening before riding and Sunday after the ride?

On the evening before riding, the overnight stay at the Land’s End basecamp is included (and overnight stay in Penrith on Thursday 12th September if you are joining in Scotland). Riders will be required to arrive from 2pm to register and get their bikes ready for the next day. In the evening there will be a rider briefing and an evening meal provided ready to get set and go the following morning.

On the final day of the ride (Sunday 15th September) there is no overnight accommodation provided. Once riders arrive at the JOG basecamp there will be hot soup and coffees available and riders will usually head off home. A small percentage of riders normally choose to stay overnight up in Scotland near the airport due to flight/ train times and then head off on the Monday.

How do I get my cycling kit cleaned and dried on the ride?

We will be providing a laundry service on the ride at an additional cost for those doing the ‘Classic’ or ‘Plus’ package. This will enable you to get your cycling kit cleaned on three days out of nine, meaning you will need to bring three sets of cycling kit with you.

As well as this, there will be washing facilities available for you to wash your other kit and there’s a drying room available at each basecamp for you to leave your kit overnight to dry to pick up in the morning.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag and camping mat?

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and camping mat with you. For those who don’t have their own, we will be offering the option to purchase one.

Once you’ve signed up you will have access to the Event Information Guide, which has a recommended kit list so you know exactly what you do and do not need to bring.

 

 PLUS

What is the quality of the hotels we will be staying in?

All the hotels will have a minimum of 3 stars. Further detail on each hotel will be sent to you in due course once you have registered.

What type of rooms are provided?

Rooms will be single occupancy, but there is the option for the plus package to opt for a double occupancy room if you are signing up with someone else. We cannot guarantee you will be in a twin rooms due to availability of twin rooms at the hotels.

Where will I eat breakfast and dinner each day?

You will eat dinner and breakfast at the basecamp with the other riders. There will be continuous shuttles running from basecamp to the hotel so you are able to go backwards and forwards between the two. 

Does each day start and finish at the accommodation?

Each day you will start/finish at the basecamp and be shuttled to and from your hotel accommodation.

What happens with my bags?

Each day you will need to bring your main bag from your hotel room and drop it in the hotel reception. This bag will be transported straight to your next hotel and has a weight limit of 15kg.

You will also need to pack a small day bag that will be transported to the next basecamp. In this bag you should pack washing kit and a spare change of clothes for if you want to shower / change at basecamp while you wait for the transfer to your hotel at the end of the day. This bag has a weight limit of 5kg.

How do I get from the hotel to the startline each evening/ morning?

We will be running shuttles from the basecamp to your hotel from 2pm each day (apart from Friday 6th where there will only be one shuttle at 9.30pm). The exact timings of these shuttles will vary and will depend on the proximity of the hotel to the basecamp.

As we need to coordinate shuttle transport for 75 riders you may have to wait a short while for your shuttle. You will be able to help yourself to afternoon tea and have a massage while you wait, and also have your day bag available to shower and change into something comfortable.

As you will be eating, having your massage and attending the evening briefing in the basecamp, there will be shuttles going to and from the hotels back to the basecamp. This is particularly for those that arrive early in to the basecamp and want to go back to their hotel before returning to the basecamp for dinner and evening briefing.

Is laundry included in my package?

No. If you wish to make use of the laundry service you need to purchase this additionally. This can be purchased when you are registering for the event.

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