Before the ride

 

What is Ride the Night?

Ride the Night is a women-only night-time cycle ride starting from Royal Windsor Racecourse, following a 100km route into London and back to the Racecourse, all in aid of Women V Cancer. It is the only women's night ride in the UK. We expect to see 3,000 riders take part in 2017, following a very successful third year with over 2,000 riders. Women V Cancer is a charity which brings together the main three female cancer charities in the UK: Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. Our aim is to help raise funds for these three charities, raise awareness of the cancers and get more women cycling!

How do I sign up?


Signing up for Ride the Night is quick and easy. Just head to the Home page and click ‘Sign up now’. Don’t forget to have your credit or debit card handy as you will need to pay your £45 registration fee (non-refundable). You must then raise a minimum of £199 for Women V Cancer by Friday 21 April 2017 (not including Gift Aid) on JustGiving. If you do not reach this target, you will not be confirmed on the event (see ‘How do I know if I’m confirmed on the ride?’).

How do I make changes to my registration?

Please check your registration details before the 1st May to ensure everything is correct for us to send out your Rider Manual.

Once you have registered, either as an individual, team captain or team member you will have access to My Events (https://myevents.active.com). This is where you can view your registration details, make changes, manage your team or event create and join a team after your initial registration.

What does my registration include? 

In return for your registration, we provide: a fully signposted route, cycle mechanics, first aid support, fully equipped feed stops, high-viz vest, breakfast roll and hot drink at the finish, medal, and free parking at the start/finish.

Is bike hire available?

Yes, we are pleased to be working with British Bike Hire again this year. British Bike Hire are offering discounted rates on various hire bikes for Ride the Night. Book your bike on their website: http://british-bikehire.co.uk/ridethenight.php British Bike Hire will be at the Racecourse from 12pm on Saturday 27th May 2017 for fitting and collection, and will stay at the Racecourse all of Saturday night till 8am Sunday for returning the bike. You must bring your own helmet. British Bike Hire are happy to fit essential items such as lights, saddles and peddles, but anything else you must fit yourself. All bikes are fitted with flat pedals and one set of lights. If specific pedals like SPD or Pedals with toe clips and straps are required there is a £5.00 charge but we will fit your own free of charge.

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be confident cycling on open roads in traffic, and get some practice cycling in the dark. It is not an easy task cycling 100km through the night, but it is definitely achievable with training. See our Training and Preparation section in the Participant Area for more information.

How do I know if I’m confirmed on the ride?


In order to be confirmed, you must have paid in £199 (per person) to Women V Cancer on JustGiving (not including Gift Aid) by Friday 21 April 2017 (see more details under Participant Area / Fundraising). You will receive a postal mailing with confirmation of your rider number and start time two weeks before the event. If you have not received this mailing with a week to go, and think you should have been confirmed, please contact us on 01590 677854.

IMPORTANT: set a reminder for the 1st May to check your address on your registration form with Active Works (https://myevents.active.com) – this must be correct for us to send you the mailing.

What happens if I’m not confirmed?


If you have not reached the target of £199 (excluding gift aid) by the deadline Friday 21 April 2017 then you can pay the remainder yourself by donating to your own JustGiving page, or you can withdraw from the event. You will automatically be withdrawn from the event if we do not have a record of your £199 sponsorship on your JustGiving page. The registration fee of £45 to Action for Charity is non-refundable.

On the day

 

What do I need to bring?

You must bring your own bike or hire a bike beforehand (see section on bike hire). The ride is all on-road so road bikes and hybrids are best. All bikes need to be in good working order and must have working front and rear lights – we will check these at the start. Please bring at least two sets of spare batteries as you will need the lights working for up to 8 hours. Helmets are compulsory. Bring lots of layers of technical clothing and waterproofs so you are prepared for any type of weather, and so you don’t get cold when you finish. Bring a small amount of cash and a mobile phone in case of an emergency.

Is there anywhere to leave my bag at the start?

Yes there is a bag drop at the Racecourse free of charge.

What time does the Racecourse open?


The Racecourse will be open for riders at 12pm Saturday for bike hire fitting and collection only. Everything else will be open from 6pm Saturday till 8am Sunday. This includes car parking, registration, food outlets, toilets, bag drop and the information point.

Is there car parking at the start/finish?

Yes there is free parking at the Racecourse. There is a limited number of spaces so please car share with other riders if possible. 

Is there anywhere I can get refreshments before and after the ride?

Yes there will be a variety of food and drink outlets open at the Racecourse from 6pm. Please bring cash for this. We provide every rider with a hot breakfast roll and hot drink at the finish.

Is there anywhere to buy Ride the Night merchandise?

Please visit our Merchandise page in the Participant Area for more information.

How are start times allocated?

You will be able to check-in at Windsor Racecourse from 6pm. The ride will start at 9pm. We will send you your allocated time in your Rider Pack (posted to you two weeks before the event).

Getting to and from the Racecourse


We recommend that you plan this in advance. There are a number of ways of getting to Windsor Racecourse. You can travel by public transport: nearest train stations Windsor and Eton Central, Windsor and Eton Riverside and Slough, plus nearest coach stop one mile away. You can travel by car or be dropped off by a friend or family member. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully as this is a night-time event. You might want to consider booking accommodation on the Friday and/or Saturday night and request late checkout so you can get lots of sleep before/after the ride. There is a Travelodge located in Windsor just one mile away (Windsor Central Travelodge). 

Do I have to wear a cycle helmet?


Yes, you must wear a correctly fitting cycle helmet. You will not be allowed to take part in Ride the Night if you are not wearing a helmet at the start line. If you happen to forget yours on the day, Halfords will be selling helmets at the start.

What happens if my bike breaks down?


There will be mechanics, courtesy of Halfords, at the start/finish and at feed stops. There will be roving mechanics on the course for minor mechanical issues, and you will be issued with an emergency mechanical number to call for any serious problems with your bike. However you are responsible for bringing: at least one spare inner tube (correct type for your bike), tyre pump, levers, spare lights and batteries. Halfords will assist you with any mechanical issues and will provide parts and spares when necessary, charging at retail price.

Are there any places to stop during the ride?


There will be Ride the Night feed stops every 20km (approx.) with food, water, toilets, first aid and Halfords mechanics. These four feed stops will be displayed on the route map which will be published closer to the event.

Is the ride timed?


Ride the Night is not timed. No results will be published.

Is the ride on closed roads?


No road closures are in place for this challenge. You will be cycling on open roads, therefore you must obey the Highway Code at all times and be aware that there will be traffic on the course.

Can supporters come and watch me?

Absolutely! It would be great to have lots of support at the start and finish, and also out on the course at designated supporters areas. We will provide a supporters document which will be published on the website two weeks before the event and will also be available at the Information Point at the Racecourse on the night. It is important that supporters going out on the course follow our instructions as the route goes through Central London. We would like to discourage supporters from following the exact route so we will provide directions to the spectator areas.
The Racecourse will have various food outlets and toilets open all night so spectators are more than welcome to stay around the Racecourse will the ride is taking place.

When will I finish?

This depends on the speed you ride at, how long you spend at feed stops and the time you start the ride. The cut-off time for the ride is 7am due to safety reasons. If you cycle at an average pace of 10mph for the duration of the event then you will complete it within the cut-off time, even if you start in the final wave and spend 10 minutes at each feed stop. Please cycle at your own pace.