FAQ

Registration on the day from 8.00 am (7.30 for 100 milers)

Depart between 9.00 am and 11.00

  • 100 mile riders: We will be opening registration for riders doing the 100 mile route at 7.30 with a ride start time for you from 8.00am

Go local. We are a locally organized, but efficiently run, cycle ride. Local charities, local companies, local clubs and locally sourced produce where possible. Everyone is welcome to join us to enjoy our market town and its beautiful surroundings.

Parking is available nearby, some of which is free.  This year we have additional free parking thanks to James Beck Auctions
Family and friends are welcome to wait at the Community Centre where there is food, fresh coffee etc. all day and entertainment in the afternoon, the town and river Wensum are a short walk away. You will be contacted in the run up to the ride with more information and registration details. You should report to the HQ (that’s what we call the Community Centre for the day) on arrival to collect your number, useful drawstring bag with Fakenham 50 bottle and other extras.
Accommodation and things going on in Fakenham: There are B&Bs, hotels, 2 campsites, and 2 caravan sites. Fakenham is ten miles from the North Norfolk coast and Active Fakenham hosting a week of activities prior to the ride. There is plenty of parking, some of it free, buses from Norwich, Kings Lynn and the Coast. Why not come for a longer break over the Bank Holiday weekend.
 You do NOT have to be a member of British Cycling to join the ride or to register online? We are working with British Cycling who are providing online entry systems and insurance but you do not need to be a member. You will need to register with British Cycling as part of the online sign up process.

What do I do when I arrive?

You must report to the Community Centre, register and receive your welcome pack. Don’t forget to report back at the end of your ride or we will be looking for you.

What can the mechanic help me with?

Every rider will be given an emergency number to contact the mechanic at any stage of the race, should there be any mechanical difficulty.  Please try to sort out your own minor problems. Riders should bring their own puncture repair kit and pump, as the mechanic will not be doing this.  There will be experienced cyclists going around the route with you who will be happy to help.

What if I haven’t got a bike?

We can help you to hire a bike and some local people may be able to lend bikes on the understanding that if you damage it you get it repaired.

Where can I park my car while I’m cycling?

These websites provide information about parking in Fakenham.  Please note that Tesco car park is limited to 3 hours.

http://www.northnorfolk.org/streets/450.asp

http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/fakenham/

Where can I stay overnight?

Information about places to stay in Fakenham is provided on the websites below.

http://fakenham.info/ or contact tourist information

Am I insured?

The event has £10 million liability insurance through British Cycling. This does not cover damage to your bike or theft of your bike or personal property; you are advised to have your own insurance for this.

What happens if I get an injury?

We have taken every step t ensure that the ride is as safe as possible.  You are responsible for your personal safety on the public road.  We will have MED-PTS at the community centre

Should I wear a helmet?

It is a requirement of our insurance and British Cycling that you wear a helmet.  If you would like to buy (or possibly borrow) one on the day please get in touch.

Can I use TriBars

No these are forbidden by British Cycling and our insurance company.

Can I change the distance/ride I have signed up for?

Yes, this is not a problem.  Sort this out at registration on the day.

I have a food allergy, will this be a problem at the “feed stations”?

It may be depending on your allergy.  There may be traces of nuts in the flapjack and other snacks (although we have not added them).  If you are concerned please get in touch.

Have there been changes to the 2016 ride?

We have listened to the feedback we got last year and have made some minor changes.  Generally the feedback was very positive. We have improved the routes, signage and will have an additional sign in desk. We now have a wide range of rides from 15 to 100 miles..

Massage

Short massages will be available from four local professional massage therapists. Each will offer different short massages at low cost. If you have never had had a massage then here’s your chance to find out more and have a try. If you get tired legs, an aching back or just want to relax try the massage zone.. More details to follow.

I have a question what shall I do?

We are keen to keep in touch.  You can email, ring, Facebook or Tweet us.

Child Trailor bikes

I have been asked about child trailers on the Fakenham 50. These are ok and are covered by our British Cycling insurance but you need to make sure they are in good working order and be aware our breakdown rescue service may not be able to carry them back to HQ.  As with all riders you need to ensure you ride safely and stick to the guidelines and rules – and, of course have a fun time.

 

Camping

There are two good camping and caravan sites within 10 min ride of the start.

http://fakenhamfairways.uk/caravan-camping/

http://www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk/caravan-camping-at-fakenham-racecourse-norfolk/

Other accommodation

http://fakenham.info/

http://www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/places-to-stay