Rider Information

Everything you need to know for your ride

 2020 Information

The Farnham Charity Bike Ride is back on! (sort of...)

As you are no doubt aware, the government recently relaxed the restrictions on the amount of exercise you can take in a day, and how far you are allowed to travel to do it. This has given us bike ride planners an idea.

On the weekend of 4th/5th July 2020, we will to mark out both the 16 mile, and the 25 mile Farnham Charity Bike Ride routes with the usual arrows and signs. You can already view the routes on Strava, and we will also make them available via Google Maps, so you can print off directions.

There will be no marshals. There will be no defined start or finish. There will be no medals. You will be undertaking this activity at your own risk, and will need to ensure that you follow the social distancing guidelines in place on the day.

This will not be an event as usual.

However, we imagine that many of you are itching to "get out there" and do something a little different; on your own, or with your families. And we think that a cycle ride could be just the thing.

We will open up a no obligation donation page accepting donations towards our usual good causes. If you feel able to, and if you want to, any donations large or small would be greatly appreciated.

The donations will be split 50:50 between St. Andrews Infant School, and the Farnham Round Table. St. Andrews will use the money to buy books, and provide valuable resources for their pupils. Farnham Round Table distributes funds to local good causes. For example, its members recently donated £1,000 to the Farnham COVID-19 action fund.

Whether you donate or not, the routes will be signposted, the roads will be open, and the sun will may be out.

 Staying Safe

Our prime concern is for the safety and well-being of all of you. As such, we strongly recommend that you wear a helmet at all times.

Both routes will be fully signed for the whole weekend, BUT, there will be NO MARSHALLS, and there will be NO mechanics on hand. Please ensure that you have all the kit you need for a ride of such distance.

 Start Times

As there are still social distancing guidelines in place, this is not an event. Therefore we will not be organising an official start or finish.

The routes will be signposted for the whole weekend. Please feel free to ride either of them whenever you wish.

 Route Difficulty

16 and 25 mile rides - it is strongly recommended that children under 10 be attached to the adult's bicycle, e.g. bike seat or tagalong, as there are some steep hills and it's a long way! It is solely the responsibility of the named adult rider to decide whether children are sufficiently competent and fit enough to complete the ride.

50 mile ride - Not signed. The longer routes are available on Strava if you wish to try them.

75 mile sportive - Not signed. The longer routes are available on Strava if you wish to try them.

 Parking

If you're driving please use one of the many car parks either in Farnham, or anywhere along the routes.

Parking is free in most parts of Waverley at the moment.

 Riding The Route

Before You Ride

  • Make sure your bike is roadworthy, safe and serviceable.
  • Remember to bring helmet/s, puncture kit, refreshments, appropriate clothing, your phone and anything else you may need.
  • Remember, there will be no marshalls, only route signs.

At The Start

  • There is no defined start or finish. This is NOT an event.

Tips For Your Ride

  • It is not a race - the aim is to enjoy the Ride and raise money for local charities.
  • Be considerate of other Riders, taking particular care to exercise the required social distancing.
  • If you have agreed to supervise a younger rider, they are entirely your responsibility. Don't ride off ahead and leave them, even if they are a little slower than you would prefer.
  • Please abide by the Highway Code - you do not have priority over other road users.
  • Obey all instructions given by the Police.
  • Ride in single file and do not try any dangerous passing. Keep to the nearside of the road.
  • There are a few places where we'd like you to take extra care, for example crossing busy roads. You do not have any special right of way!
  • Take great care approaching on descents and bends on narrower minor roads, there may be cars coming the other way. If you can't see 30-40 metres ahead of you then slow down and keep tight left.
  • Keep your distance from the bike in front, do not go too fast downhill, signal if you intend to turn and do not stop suddenly.
  • Please do not drop litter or ride over grass verges.

 Disclaimer

Cycling these routes is entirely at your own risk

This is not an event.

There will be no marshals.

There will be no defined start or finish.

There will be no medals.

You will be undertaking this activity entirely at your own risk, and will need to ensure that you follow the government's social distancing guidelines in place on the day.