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Saturday 9th June to Saturday 23rd June 2018
£ 350.00  

Per Person (VAT and Duties Included)

 
Date :
09/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
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The TOUR BRITANNIA 2018 bike race is proud to announce that Registration has opened for the inugural event - starting in the tunnels beneath Waterloo station in London on the 9th June 2018. 

All participants will be self supported for the entire 3,500 km of the race which traverses England, Wales and Scotland. It is a race for the adventurous of spirit, for those rare beings looking to explore the unknown and in the process test themselves to the limit; surviving off minimal sleep finding food and drink when they can and keeping going against the odds.

The Tour Britannia is not a stage race, the clock never stops from the moment the riders leave the start to the moment that they reach the finish, it is a long individual time trial. Riders must therefore strategically choose how much time to devote to riding, resting, and refueling each day. Being self-supported or unsupported means that drafting is not allowed, receiving any form of support from other racers is not allowed, nor is it from friends or family; all food, accommodation, repairs, etc., must be purchased from commercial sources.

The race was born out a desire to revel in the beauty of the wild places and race on the roads and byways that traverse the united kingdom with the skills and courage that the made the pioneeres of bike racing like Philippe Thys and Henri Pélissier the legends that they are today.

The leading riders are expected to finish in somthing over 7 days with a time limit of 14 days.

All are welcome to enquire, this race is not for everyone but if you have a wild itch to cycle through the day and long into the night on some of the remotest and demanding roads in the UK, then perhaps this is for you.

The rules represent the bikepacking ultra-racing ethos which are based on one guiding principle: Cycle the route, as fast as possible in a solo, self-supported fashion.

 

  1. Spirit: Above all, the Tour Britannia is intended to be completed solo, self-supported, and as a single stage, i.e. the clock runs non-stop.
  2. Core values: Fairness and honour in competition is valued above victory or gain.
  3. Organisation: The Tour Britannia organisation provides the route, control points, start and finish a framework for competitors to adhere to and to present rider progress. This is where the Tour Britannia responsibility ends.
  4. Navigation: Riders are responsible for navigation, it is important that that all participants are familiar with the route as it uses, roads, byways and cycle tracks.  Google street view, and google earth are useful resources.
  5. Safety: Riders are responsible for their own safety.
  6. Conduct: Riders must self-police their conduct.
  7. Communication: There is no mechanism to communicate to riders on course other than at control points. Riders alone are responsible for communicating with their friends and family.
  8. Tracking: Online GPS tracking is not intended to ensure rider safety. It is for information purposes only, and validation of course compliance.
  9. Disqualification: Tour Britannia reserves the right to disqualify a rider from the General Classification (GC) for confirmed rule violations.
  10. Time penalties: Tour Britannia reserves the right to award time penalties to a rider from the General Classification (GC) for confirmed rule violations.
  11. Disqualification/ Penalty notification: No rider will be notified of possible disqualification/penalty  mid-race. It is the sole responsibility of all riders to know the rules, police themselves, and in cases of course deviation, recognise their error + correct it before proceeding on route.
  12. Eligibility: Any cyclist over 18 may register for the Tour Britannia.
  13. Field Size:  Entries are limited to 200.
  14.  Selection of Competitors: riders shall be selected on the fastest performance recorded during the past three years at the Tour Britannia, Trans America, RAAM, Transcontinental or at any other relevant endurance cycling event. Selection by "first entries received" is not permissible.

All excess entrants will be notified, by email, as soon as it is apparent that they will not be accepted.

  1. 20% of all places and 20% of reserve places are reserved for women. Where there are more women entrants than allotted spaces, selection shall be on fastest performance as above. Where there are fewer women than this, men may fill the spaces.
  2. Competitors must have indicated on their entry form their willingness to be listed as a reserve.
  3.  If a woman rider does not start the event that rider’s place should be allocated to a woman reserve.  If there are no women reserves to place then a man can take that place.
  4.  Riders who know that they will not be starting should inform the promoter as soon as possible so that the ride may be allocated to a reserve.
  5.  Reserve riders will be notified before the event that they have a ride.
  1. Observance of the Law: All competitors in, or in the vicinity of the event, must observe the law of the land relating to road use. In particular, but without prejudice to the general principles of this Regulation, competitors must:
  1. not ride in a manner that is unsafe either to themselves or to other road users
  2. ride on the left-hand side of the road except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns
  3. conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators
  4. in making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.
  5. Event officials must not seek to regulate or interfere with other traffic.

Sign On & Rider Briefing

  1. Sign on: Will be from 10:00 until 16:00 on the 09/06/2018 at The Vaults, 7AD, Leake St, London SE1 7NN (51.501061, -0.114273). Riders to collect their “Rider Packs” which include trackers, numbers and information.
  2. Any Rider Packs that have not been collected by  16:00 on 09/06/2017 (British Summer Time) will be offered to any ready, willing and able cyclist  that wants to throw their hat into the ring for a nominal £100 entry fee (to cover tracking costs). Please note Entry fees will not be refunded if a competitor is unable to sign on and their place is already allocated to a reserve. If there are more riders than no show places a draw will be made at 16:05 before the rider briefing.
  3. Rider briefing: 16:00 17:00 at The Vaults, 7AD, Leake St, London SE1 7NN (51.501061, -0.114273). This is compulsory to attend for all competitors and officials.

Start

  1. The Start format will be as follows:
    1. Start Neutral – London  to Wessex Ridgeway Car Park – 112 km
    2. Start Proper – Wessex Ridgeway Car Park
  2. Start (Neutral): 21:00 - 21:18 hrs on the 09/06/2017 at Leake St, London SE1 7NN (51.501061, -0.114273).
  3. Neutral Start Sequence:  Competitors will be released in groups of 20 at 2 min intervals from Leake Street. It is expected that groups will stay together to the start proper. Groups will be selected based on order of sign on. Those that sign on earlier will have longer  to reach the start proper. The first start group will need to maintain 20 kph and last start group 21 kph to reach the Start proper by 02:00 hrs.  Please note that while this is a generous amount of time, the route out of London includes traffic lights and street furniture that will slow your progress.
  4. Neutral Zone: The route is neutralised for the first 112 km. The riders will have between 4 hrs 42 min and 5 hrs, depending on start time, to cover the 112 km  to the Start Proper at the Wessex Ridgeway Car Park: 51.553487, -1.310697
  5. Start Proper: Mass Start, 02:00 Wessex Ridgeway Car Park. If a rider is unable to reach the mass start before 02:00 hrs, for any reason, they should proceed along the route without further delay and will be deemed to have started with the bunch. No allowance will be made for a late start.

Group Riding

  1. Group Riding at the Start: Company Riding or Drafting other riders or vehicles is not permitted in the Tour Britannia. However, you will be riding in a group for the 112 km neutralised section to the start proper.  From the Start proper at the Wessex Ridgeway car park competitors will directly proceed onto the first gravel section which continues for 47 km until Avebury Stone Circle.  As dawn breaks on the first day of racing (Civil twilight 03:57), that being the 10th June 2018, the first riders will pass through the Stone Circle and will be expected to be riding alone as they transition back onto tarmac. After Avebury Stone Circle any riders spending long periods of time very close to one another will come under close scrutiny by the race director.
  2. Paced & Company Riding (Drafting): Competitors must ride entirely alone and unassisted and not ride in company or take shelter (commonly known as drafting) from other riders or vehicles. A competitor overtaking another must pass without receiving or giving shelter. The onus of avoiding company riding shall be upon the rider overtaken. If a rider should catch up another rider they should try to pass as quickly as possible and must not in any other circumstances ride close behind so as to take shelter from the wind. You should set your own pace and not use another rider as a pace maker. Nor is it in order to ride alongside and even to ride a few metres behind for any appreciable distance. In the spirit of the sport, caught riders should not disturb the performance of the rider catching them by repassing and/or riding closely behind them, except when they can sustain that move. This is generally considered to mean that the caught rider should allow a reasonable gap to develop of some 30 to 50 metres. Any riders seen via the live tracking website or otherwise proved to be drafting may be awarded time penalties or even disqualified at the discretion of the race director; this may include the draftee as well as the drafter. It is a rider’s responsibility to ensure that they are not being drafted, as well as that they are not drafting themselves.

Support & Assistance

  1. Tour Britannia strives for equal opportunity for every rider, from those living along the route to those living on other continents. To complete the Route, a rider may resupply food / equipment, rent a room, launder clothing, and even service their bike at commercial outlets along the way. The intent is to ride unsupported between towns, and function self-supported when in towns. Any services utilised must always be commercially available to all challengers. No private resupply, no private lodging.
  2.  Use of Motor Vehicles: A competitor shall not be preceded, accompanied, followed by or in anyway receive assistance from a motorised vehicle or its occupants.
  3. Feeding:  Competitors may not be handed any food, drink or equipment from a helper and may only purchase such items from commercial outlets. Every precaution must be taken to ensure that other traffic or members of the public are not impeded during rest stops.
  4. Visitation: Tour Britannia racing is not intended to be a live spectator sport! However, mid-race support from challengers' family or friends is permitted so long as no assistance is offered or supplies provided
  5. Shipping/receiving supplies (to the course): In the name of equal opportunity for international riders and to minimize the Tour Britannia 'footprint', challengers are encouraged to race as reliant as possible on commercial services along the route. However, in advance of the start, a competitor may cache food or equipment at Royal Mail Post Offices using the local collect service, a scheduled lodging stop or a bike shop. Typically this could be to ship a replacement chain and fresh bike shorts to a point on route.
  6. Mechanical Breakdown: In the event of a serious mechanical that renders a bike un rideable, a rider may use a motor vehicle in any direction in order to repair the problem. The location of the incident must be well documented by GPS tracker. A rider may also receive assistance returning back to the exact location of the breakdown to begin forward progress. Again, the entire incident, from breakdown to return to the route must be fully documented by the GPS tracker. 
  7. Mechanical assistance: a rider may be assisted by a third party in receiving emergency repair/replacement items only. Food resupply is not considered an emergency. Emergency items must be shipped using a commercial shipper such as Royal Mail, UPS, Fed-Ex, DHL, etc. Items may not be delivered privately by family, friends or even anonymous persons. Items may only be shipped to a commercial address (P.O., hotel, bike shop, etc.), provided that the address is equally available to all racers. Use of a private address (residence) along the route is forbidden. Use of social media to 'broadcast' for help (ie. conjure 'trail magic') is also forbidden.

Medical Treatment & Anti Doping

  1. Medical Treatment: No person may compete whilst knowingly suffering from any disease, mental or physical disorder or is undergoing treatment which makes it unsafe or undesirable to do so.
  2.  Use of Proscribed Substances: The anti-doping rules of the Tour Britannia are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time.  Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of the Tour Britannia. Note:- You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules HERE  [http://www.ukad.org.uk/resources/document/uk-anti-doping-rules]

 

  1. Hospitals close to the route:

 

  1. St Thomas’ Hospital: Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7EH (24 hrs)
  2. Chelsea & Westminster: 369 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 9NH (24 hrs)
  3. Royal Berkshire Hospital: Craven Rd, Reading RG1 5AN (24 hrs)
  4. Dorchester County Hospital: Williams Ave, Dorchester DT1 2JY 924 (24 hrs)
  5. Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital: Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW (24 hrs)
  6. Tavistock hospital: Spring Hill, Tavistock PL19 8LD (08:00-22:00)
  7. Bideford Community Hospital: Abbotsham Rd, Bideford EX39 3AG (08:30-20:30)
  8. North Devon District Hospital: Raleigh Park, Barnstaple EX31 4JB (24 hrs)
  9. Musgrove Park Hospital: Parkfield Dr, Taunton TA1 5DA (24 hrs)
  10. Bristol Royal Infirmary: Upper Maudlin St, Bristol BS2 8HW (24 hrs)
  11. Southmead Hospital: Southmead Rd, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB (24 hrs)
  12. Nevill Hall Hospital: Brecon Rd, Abergavenny NP7 7EG (24 hrs)
  13. Bronglais General Hospital: Caradoc Rd, Aberystwyth SY23 1ER (24 hrs)
  14. Tywyn Hospital: Bryn Hyfryd Road, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9HH (10:00-18:00)
  15. Llandudno General: Hospital Rd, Llandudno LL30 1LB (24 hrs)
  16. Flint Community Hospital Old London Road, Flint CH6 5HG (NA)
  17. Wirral University: Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Birkenhead, Wirral CH49 5PE (24 hrs)
  18. The Royal Liverpool: Prescot St, Liverpool L7 8XP
  19. Ainsdale Medical Centre: 66 Station Rd, Southport PR8 3HW (08:00-18:30)
  20. Royal Preston Hospital: Sharoe Green Lane North, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9HT (24 hrs)
  21. West Cumberland Hospital: Homewood Rd, Whitehaven CA28 8JG
  22. Cumberland Infirmary: Newtown Rd, Carlisle CA2 7HY (24 hrs)
  23. Dumfries Galloway Royal Infirmary: Bankend Rd, Dumfries DG1 4TG
  24. Royal Alexandra Hospital: Corsebar Rd, Paisley PA2 9PN
  25. Vale of Leven District General Hospital: Main St, Alexandria G83 0UA (09:00-21:00)
  26. Ian Charles Hospital: Cairngorms National Park, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3HR (24 hrs)
  27. Perth Royal Infirmary: Taymount Terrace, Perth PH1 1NX (24 hrs)
  28. Western General: Crewe Rd S, Edinburgh EH4 2XU (24 hrs)
  29. East Riding Community Hospital: Swinemoor Lane, Beverley (9:00-5:00)
  30. Castle Hill Hospital: Cottingham, HU16 5JQ (9:00-5:00)
  31. Hull Royal Infirmary:  Anlaby Rd, Hull HU3 2JZ (24 hrs)
  32. Pilgrim Hospital: Sibsey Rd, Boston PE21 9QS (24 hrs)
  33. The Ipswich Hospital: Heath Rd, Ipswich IP4 5PD (24 hrs)
  34. Essex County Hospital: Lexden Rd, Colchester CO3 3NB

Navigation & Route

  1. Tour Britannia Route: Aside from permitted deviations to seek lodging, resupply or mechanical servicing/repair, racers must always ride 100% of the Tour Britannia route as denoted by the most current map edition published by Pendragon Sports Limited. This means if a rider leaves the route for any reason, they must re-join the route at the exact same point. There is a GPX file of the official Tour Britannia 'race route'. Please ensure you have the final published GPX or TCX route which will be uploaded to the website on the 02/06/2018.

Tracking & Navigation

  1. GPS trackers are a requirement:  Athletes that own a Spot device or Garmin inReach can register their device online with the Trackleaders tracking service.  those that are hiring a Spot device will collect their device at sign on. We recommend that you use AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries or AAA Energizer™ NiMH Rechargeable in your Spot tracker. Please remember to bring your device and batteries to sign on so we can test your device. If you are hiring a device AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries will come pre installed. The batteries will last about 10 days so you may need to purchase more on route.
  2. GPS navigators: are permitted but non-essential.
  3. Mobile phones: are also permitted, however, mobile service is spotty in remote areas, and Reliance on a mobile phone as a rider's sole means of outside communication is not advised.

Check Points

  1. If a participant fails to stop and have their race card stamped at a checkpoint, for any reason, a 1 hour time penalty will be imposed by the race Director for each infringement. Endeavouring to contact the race director to have a race card stamped between the hours of 23:00 and 06:00 will result in disqualification.
  2. There are 3 checkpoints at which the race directors will be present. These will only be open at the times listed so please ensure your race strategy takes this into account:
  1. 11/06/2018-12/07/2018 06:00 – 23:00 The George Inn Wedmore, Church St, Wedmore BS28 4AB (51.227748, -2.809923)
  2. 06:00 – 23:00 Holiday Inn Dumfries, Carmont House the Crichton, Bankend Rd, Dumfries DG1 4ZF (55.051942, -3.593560)
  3. 06:00 – 23:00 Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Royal Mile, 300 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NA (55.949127, -3.184524)

Roads Types & Restrictions

  1. The majority of the race takes place on A, B and unclassified roads. You will encounter the following types of carriageway along the route:
    1. “A” roads
    2. “B” roads
    3. Unclassified Roads
    4. Byways (gravel)
    5. Cycle paths
    6. Single track (1 mile section on the West shore of Loch an Duin, Gaick Pass)
    7. River 2 river crossings through the Gaick Pass  requiring “portage”. Your feet will get wet but no higher than the knee.

 

  1. Sections of the routes are only traversable at certain times, please take this into account when planning your rest strategy:
    1. Richmond Park Gates (London) close to motor vehicles at 21:00. The Side gates are open to Pedestrian and Cyclists.
    2. Lulworth Ranges: this 3 km section must be completed before 8am Monday 11/06/2017
    3. Ashton Court Estate: 08:00 to 21:15
    4. Queens Ferry Tunnel:  20:00 to 06:00 (www.merseytunnels.co.uk/nossl/html/faq.php)
    5. Lake Windemere Ferry: Mon-Sat - Departs Bowness 06:50 Last crossing from Bowness to Sawrey 21:50. Sunday Departs Bowness 08:50 Last crossing from Bowness to Sawrey 21:50

Team event

  1. Competitors:  Riders wishing to enter as a team shall be entitled to enter 5 competitors, with 3 of those selected competitors to score points.
  2. Scoring: - At the conclusion of the race, the official Judges shall decide the respective places of the scoring competitors of each team, add these together, and the team having the lowest aggregate shall be declared the winning Team.

 

  1. In the event of a tie, the team whose last scoring member finished nearer to first place shall determine the result.

 

  1. Team competitors must adhere to all the rules and regulations governing all participants, namely they must not assist another rider in any way even if it is a fellow team member.

Finish

  1. Finish: The Finish line will open at 06:00 on the 15/06/2018 and close 21:00 on the 23/06/2018 at Leake St, London SE1 7NN (51.501061, -0.114273).
  2. Finishers Party: 19:00 hrs – 23:00 on the 09/06/2017 at Leake St, London SE1 7NN (51.501061, -0.114273). All those that started the race are welcome to come and sample the “Britannia” and the “Mint Julich”, London Gin based cocktails, that we have had specially created for the occasion.
  3. Guests, you may invite up to 2 guests. Please confirm who you will be bringing when you enter as they will need to be on the guest list to gain entry. (Guest names can be changed nearer the time but it provides us with a guide for numbers to expect. (venue limit 500)
  4. Each starter will be provided with 2 drinks tokens at sign on. Keep these safe as you will need them when the time comes to get the party started.

 

endnotes:
[1] Pre-arranged is defined as prior to the start of the race clock.

[2] Outside assistance is defined as any third party assistance in navigation or lighting and any non-commercial assistance in food resupply and/or lodging. A service is deemed 'commercial' when it is for commerce, equally available to all racers.

[3] Racers may accept motorized transport backwards, directly off and/or back to route from bystanders, passers-by or commercial transportation ONLY. A racer may not contact friends or family (private parties) living along the route for direct assistance.

Enter as a private or sponsored rider

Private Entry: £350               Sponsored Entry: £750   

Riders will be deemed to be sponsored if they carry branding on their clothing larger than 4cm x 4 cm. Additionally any participants that will be sharing race photos on commercially run social media pages  or for use in advertising will need a sponsored rider entry. Sponsored entry riders are licensed to use event photography and video for marketing purposes.

Private entry riders may use photos and video on private websites and social media pages.

All entrants will need to complete a 3 step registration process:

  1. Submission of Details < 31/09/2017
  2. Placed offered based on experince and previous results <31/10/2017
  3. Race entry and fee <31/12/2017

 Please complete the first step below:

 Fill out my online form.

Please register to obtain access to the Race Manual

Once you register we will assess your entry eligability based on results and experience. If you are offered a place you will be emailed further instructions on how to access the Race Manual.

 

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