Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about August’s Tour de Broads North event? Hopefully you should find the answer on this page somewhere, if not then send us your question using the form at the foot of the page and we will get back to you.


What are the start times?

The start times will be staggered to alleviate traffic congestion, with participants being set off in small groups at regular intervals.

Distance Wave Start Time
100 mile: 08:00 – 09:00
75 mile: 08:30 – 09:30
50 mile: 09:00 – 10:00
25 mile: 09:30 – 10:30
Family ride: 11:00 – 15:00

The event village will be open from 7:30am until 6:00pm
 

What do I need to bring?

  • Your bike (with your rider number attached to the front).
  • Helmet and spares (see our survival guide for tips)
  • Wristband (from your rider pack) – you will need to show this to get the correct finisher’s medal (and lunch for the 75 & 100 milers). Please add your emergency contact details in the box provided.
  • Cash (optional). There will be opportunities to purchase additional food and drink at some of the drink stops and also at the event village.

 

Are there any restrictions on the type of bike we can ride?

There are no restrictions as long as the bike is roadworthy with brakes in good working condition and with bar end plugs. We ask that you ride responsibly, safely and with respect to other riders and road users. For example, please refrain from using aerobars when riding in group.
 

Can I bring my Tag-Along?

Tag-alongs are allowed at the Tour de Broads events
 

Are timing chips issued?

The Tour de Broads events are non-competitive, fun and social events, so riders will not be timed.
 

I haven’t received my Tour de Broads rider pack yet, what should I do?

You should have received an email when you purchased your entry – check to see if you opted for collection in store or on the day. If home delivery was selected then please allow 14 days for delivery. If you have still not received your pack within 14 days then please contact us on 01603 465470 or via social media, quoting the order number on your confirmation email.
 

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit although we ask that those under 16 are accompanied by an adult rider for the duration of the ride.
 

Where is the Start / Finish?

The event village and start/finish line this year will be at Hoveton Hall NR12 8RJ
 

What facilities are available at the event village?

Our venue is completely self-contained with all facilities onsite including:

  • Toilets
  • Mobile mechanic and broom wagon
  • Food and Drink stands
  • Merchandise
  • Sports Massage (charity donation requested)
  • Entertainment
  • Pre-ride mechanical support
  • Photography

 

Where can I park?

Free parking is available in the Roys of Wroxham overflow parking behind Wroxham station (Nr12 8UR) just over a one mile warm-up/cool down ride away.

Alternative parking will be available at Hoveton Village Hall, NR12 8DU just over a kilometre away. A £1 donation is required (this will be put toward a new children’s playground development). Please park considerately and follow the Tour de Broads signs to the site.

On site parking is limited to only 600 places and must be booked in advance. This parking is suitable for families or those with limited mobility. There is a £2 charge for parking on site, with all proceeds going towards funding for local cycling projects. Parking permits must be presented to the car park marshals upon arrival. You can purchase your parking permit using this link.

Car parks will be open from 7:30am. Staggered start times will alleviate car park queues so please try not to arrive too far in advance of your allocated time.
 

Can I sign up on the day?

Yes, as long as the event hasn’t sold out. On arrival, please head towards the registration tent. Please note, we will only be able to accept cash entries on the day.
 

Can I upgrade or downgrade on the day?

You do not have to complete the full distance you have entered, but you will not be entitled to refund if you choose not to complete the distance. We may be able to issue you with the relevant medal assuming that there are spares on the day. If you feel you would like to complete a longer distance, please contact our registration team on the day who will swap your wristband to ensure you receive the relevant medal and lunch. There will be a cash charge to upgrade.
 

Can I download a .GPX route?

We will publish links to a downloadable gpx file nearer to the event. You are welcome to upload these to your bike computers but please follow the official Tour de Broads road signage on the day as routes may be subject to unforeseen last minute changes.
 

What will be provided at the drink/feed stops?

Water to refill your bidons will be available at all drink stops. There will be an opportunity to buy hot drinks and cake at the drink stops that are run by our charity teams.

A complimentary meal-deal style lunch with sandwich (meat or vegetarian option), banana, crisps and cake will be provided at the 50 mile point (Hoveton Hall) for the 100 and 75 mile riders. Please present your wristband to claim your lunch.
 

I have special dietry needs, can you cater for this?

If you follow a lactose-free, vegan or gluten-free diet, or have any food allergies, please contact us (using the any further questions form at the foot of this page) so we can ensure a suitable lunch is provided for you.
 

Is there a cut off?

There are no official cut off times although the event village will be closed down and packed away by 6pm.
 

What happens if I get a mechanical issue during the ride?

We would encourage all participants to be able to replace or repair a punctured inner tube (or at least ride in a group with another rider who can do it for you), it will be your responsibility to equip your bike with the necessary spares and tools to do this. There will be a mobile mechanic available if you have any issues that you cannot resolve. Any spares used by the mobile mechanic are chargeable. The mobile mechanic can be requested by calling the SOS contact number displayed on your rider number.
 

What happens at the end?

All competitors with a wristband and rider number will receive an exclusive Tour de Broads commemorative medal corresponding to the distance they have entered. They will also receive a voucher for a complimentary Ronaldo’s ice cream from the Ronaldo’s stand in the event village. Please stay a while, savour the moment and join us in welcoming home your fellow riders.
 

Will event photos be available?

Event photography is provided by Julian Claxton Photography.  Photographers will be positioned at the start and finish line and at certain points on the course. Links to view and purchase event photographs will be made available on the website and on our social media outlets following the event.
 


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