How will I get to London in 24 hours?
Please refer to this list of FAQs to get a better understanding of how the event will run on the day, and how we will get you to London in 24 hours! Once you’re signed up, a document containing a detailed version of the route and elevation, along with details and timings for joining, registration and departing, will go live on the participants area. Please refer to the event timeline (participants area) for more details.
Where does the event start and finish?
Newcastle to London! Our start location will be in Central Newcastle, with room for you to be dropped off by car and situated close to mainline train station. The finish will be in North London and will also enjoy good transport links Details of both, along with timings for joining and departing the event, will be released in July on the participants area.
What happens when I arrive at the start?
The start location will be obvious and very well signed. Follow the signs and take the direction of our marshals towards the registration area, where you will be welcomed onto the event and briefed about what happens next.
What happens to my bike and bags?
Bike - when you arrive at the start, and at any time when you are in a rest stop and not cycling, there will be a clearly marked bike racking area which is supervised at all times.
Bags - upon arrival at the start venue, you will be instructed to drop you main bag with a team who will transfer it to London (if you have booked this optional service)—you will not see this bag again until the finish. A separate team will take your day bag (a smaller bag containing items you will need on route) and will transfer this from rest stop to rest stop, allowing access every time you take a break.
Will there be a briefing before I start cycling?
Yes—a short safety briefing, reminding your of key route information and rules, will take place shortly before the start of the event. It is compulsory for all.
What is the route like?
Your safety and the quality of your experience are our number one priorities, so we have carefully fine tuned the route and have conducted a full recce. We take you on a sensible, direct route, avoiding busy roads and duel carriageways. We avoid unnecessary hills and we try to give you the most enjoyable cycling experience possible. A detailed version of the route and elevation will be available in July but the route is always subject to change depending on the weather, road works and local traffic conditions. Please keep reading for details of the route break down and itinerary.
How will I know which way to go?
The route is fully signed and a route map will be issued to you on the day just in case. A GPX file of the route will be available for Garmin users one week prior to the start. We also have a 24 hour control room, which can be contacted if you get lost and who will be able to guide you back onto the route. Full details of the signage will be in the documents available in the participants area in July.
What happens if I have an accident or if I have a problem with my bike?
In the event that you are involved in or witness an accident, you can call our 24 hour control room who will send one of our event doctors to your assistance. If the situation is life threatening then we always advise to call the emergency services first. All the numbers you need will be on the route card and the proper procedures will be briefed to you before you start cycling. Mechanics can also be sent to help if you are having problems with your bike.
What will the weather be like?
Who knows! We’ve had torrential rain in the past, but we’ve also had 24 hours of clear weather and sunshine too. Take note of the kit list (which will be available on the participants area in December) and be prepared for anything!
Are there chances to rest along the way?
Yes—there will be rest stops placed roughly every 40—50 miles along the 300 mile route. You can expect to find shelter; food (2 x hot food stops, the others will serve a selection of cold snacks and drinks); water refill; energy products; first aid; mechanical assistance and toilets.
How tough should I expect it to be, and where are the rest stops?
Below is a full breakdown of our cycling itinerary, including the elevation climb you can expect along the way. Remember that the final distances and elevation data will be confirmed in July.
Do I have to cycle on my own at night?
No—we will always try to group people together as they leave the rest stop to start a night stage and no one will have to cycle alone if they don’t want to. The signage will be lit up with glow sticks for extra visibility during the night stages and all cyclists will be issued with a reflective ankle band.
Will anyone set a pace and are there any rules?
Yes—we will have a lead cycle guide who will set a sensible pace and who should be able to get you to Newcastle within the time limit. The front cycle guide must not be passed. Other cycle guides will be spread through the range of cyclists. Rules will be briefed to you prior to the start of the event.
What happens if I need to drop out?
There will be limited space (subject to availability) for you and your bike in our support vehicles for those who are unable to complete a stage/the route.
What happens when I cycle into London?
London is the UK’s largest cities and it could be busy... but it’s a great place and we have carefully chosen our timings and route to avoid the busiest time of the day. Once you have finished cycling, you will receive a medal and a cheer and you will of course have plenty of time for photos. We will give you a finishers pack and then you can enjoy our finish venue - a place where you can have a shower, some decent food and generally relax before heading off home.
What is the difference between a pre-departure pack and a finishers pack?
Your pre-departure pack is sent to you in the post a couple of weeks before the event and it contains you rider number and details for finding the start. Your finishers pack is issued after you cross the finish line, and it contains information about the local area and details of the optional coach service back to Newcastle.
How do I travel back Home/to Newcastle?
It’s up to you! You are free to make your own arrangements back to Newcastle/ your home town or you can book our optional coach service. The coach service includes a transfer for your bike and you will be dropped at a sensible place in Newcastle for onward travel. Details of the drop off will be available in the participants area in July. Seats on the coach can be booked using the ‘event preferences’ form in the participants area.
Will I be given an official time?
Remember that the event is not a race… but most will want to know their official time! timings will be emailed out to you during the week following N2L24.