When will BM Ride take place?

BM Ride will take place on Sunday the 14thApril 2019.

What should I bring with me on the day for the BM Ride?

A full suggested kit list will be provided as part of the Rider Information Guide nearer the event, however the key things you will require are as follows:

  • A bike in good working order
  • A helmet
  • Spare inner tubes in case you get a puncture
  • A bike bottle with water / energy product of your choice
  • Warm clothes for after the ride

Where is the BM Ride Event Village?

The Velo Village – the start and finish of the ride – is on Hove Lawns. The precise location of the village will be available in the Rider Information guide, which will be published closer to the event.

Is there a route map for the BM Ride?

The 2019 BM Ride route map can be found here.

What time and where does BM Ride start?

The BM Ride starts at 7am at Hove Lawns. Please arrive around an hour early to allow yourself time to drop your bag into bag drop and use the toilet facilities ahead of the race starting.

The final wave will depart at 7.10am, and any riders arriving after this time will be unable to start.

Is the BM Ride Velo Village open all weekend?

The Velo Village will only be open on the day of the ride itself, Sunday 14thApril 2019.

In order to collect your Rider Pack and experience the rest of what the Brighton Marathon Weekend has to offer, please head to the main Event Village located on Brighton Beach, east of the Palace Pier.

What is included in my Rider Pack?

The following items are included in your Rider Pack:

  • Wristband – must be worn in order to gain access to your start pen
  • Bike number – attach to your handlebar
  • 2 x cables ties – use to attach bike number to your handlebar
  • Bag drop label – to attach to your bag

What if I can’t collect my Rider Pack?

You can nominate someone else to collect your Rider Pack such as a friend or family member. Visit the race pack collection page to find out more.

Why do we have to collect our Rider Packs?

In previous years many race packs have not been received on time Brighton Marathon Weekend participants using the postal service.  This has led to an increase in work load for the team at the most critical period before the event and to frustration for our participants.

To ensure that we do not have these problems in the future we have decided to ask runners, or a friend, a member of their family, a running buddy or a colleague to collect the number instead.  This should ensure that every runner wakes up on race day morning with the correct information, number, race chip and kit bag. You can find more information about this here

When and where do I collect my Rider Pack?

Please note we do not post out race packs to participants. Rider packs for BM Ride MUST be collected at the Brighton Marathon Weekend Event Village on the Friday and Saturday before Race Day.

Event Village timings will be announced via participant emails and will be published on the website closer to the 2019 event.

I’m not travelling to the start by car, how else can I get to the event?

To see specific details regarding travelling to the event, road closures, and park and ride facilities, please see the relevant section of our website:

http://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/faqs/travel-accommodation/

Will there be a Park and Ride service for the BM Ride?

We are working on finalising specific BM Ride parking, within a short cycle of the Velo Village. Participants will be expected to park and cycle to the start line, as bike transport will not be provided. Precise details of this will be announced closer to the event.

I need to arrange accommodation in Brighton; where do you suggest?

Brighton has a wealth of hotels and B&Bs. We suggest that once you've entered, you book early to avoid disappointment. Please see the accommodation page of our website.

Will there be baggage drop facilities for the BM Ride?

There will be a participant bag drop available on the morning of the ride in the Velo Village at Hove Lawns.

We ask participants to only bring a small bag with essential that you will need immediately after the ride, including warm, dry clothes. Non-essential larger items should be left in your hotel, at home, with friends or in the car.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes, all participants must wear a helmet. You will be unable to access the start pens if you are not wearing one.

Will there be mechanical assistance at the BM Ride?

There will be mechanical assistance in the Velo Village and on the route to assist with any breakdowns. We do suggest, however, that you ensure that your bike is in good working order before the BM Ride and that all participants carry spare inner tubes in case they get a puncture.

Who is the fundraising partner for BM Ride?

For 2019 we have teamed up with Virgin Money Giving, a not for profit fundraising platform that ensures donors and fundraisers can be 100% confident that more of their hard-earned cash is going to the cause they’re passionate about.

I have a general entry; can I still ride for charity?

Taking part in the BM Ride for charity can offer great encouragement whilst raising both awareness and funds for a worthy cause.

You will need to contact the charity of your choice directly to discuss the next steps, but if you have your own place you can fundraise for any charity you wish.

I would like to take part on behalf of a charity

Great! We have a wonderful list of charities on our website that are looking for people to take part on their behalf and raise money for their amazing causes.

You can find a list of participating charities on our website. You will need to contact the charity directly in order to secure one of their places.

Can I bring spectators to the event / where is the best option to spectate?

The Velo Village is the best location to see riders not only at the start and finish, but also half way through the ride.

This is also a great location to base yourself for the marathon, with food concessions, toilets and other entertainment.

 

Is there a cut off time?

The ride takes place immediately before the BM10k; in order not to disrupt the BM10k, riders will be expected to maintain an average speed of 18km / 11 miles per hour.

A sweep vehicle system will be in place to collect any riders who fall behind this tiem limit or otherwise cannot continue due to injury, fatigue, mechanical failure, etc.

Are there feed / water stations around the route?

There are no feed stations, but water stations will be available at the half way point. We encourage participants to bring with them the nutrition that they require for the ride.

There will be food and drink concessions at the Velo Village.

A recovery area will be available at the finish line with recovery drinks.

Is the BM Ride timed? It is a race?

This is a timed event, but it is not a race. Participants are encourage to enjoy the traffic free roads, but to cycle in a responsible way, acknowledging these roads will eb used by pedestrians going about their Sunday morning activities.

I need to update my estimated average speed for BM Ride

You can update registration specific details by logging into MyEvents via: https://myevents.active.com and selecting the associated registration

I need to change my details (address, email address and/or phone number)

You can change most details by accessing your account via: https://passport.active.com. Once logged in, please select your name in the top right corner, and then ‘Upgrade Account’, from where you can select ‘Profile Settings’ from the left-hand menu in order to update your details.

Do you have a mobile app for BM Ride?

The 2019 Brighton Marathon Weekend mobile app will be available to download the month prior to the event. Both you and your supporters will find the app useful over race weekend and is a must-have for anyone coming to the Brighton Marathon Weekend.

Do you provide bike hire?

If you don't have a suitable bike, you can team up with Cycle Brighton who have a wide range of bikes to hire to suit all levels of cyclist. If you’re not sure what type of bike you want to use – road or hybrid- come along to their hire centre and discuss your requirements with their friendly staff.

Are there any restrictions on the kind of bike I can use?

The following bikes are forbidden for health and safety reasons: bikes with disc wheels (disc brakes are allowed), recumbent bicycles, electronic bikes of any kind, unicycles, tandems, penny farthings, tricycles, quad cycles, BMX bikes, fixed gear bikes/single speeds/fixies (allowed if have two independent brakes and a freehub) and hand bikes/cycles.

Any unconventional handlebars, including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars. Handlebar extensions and any bars without bar end plugs fitted are also not allowed.

Can I take part with my friends/family?

Yes! Please seed yourselves in the same category at point of entry and send an email to office@brightonmarathon.co.uk to request to be in the same start wave.

Can I take part as a newbie cyclist?

Yes! 50km is a very achievable distance for all levels of cyclist. Closed roads will give ‘newbies’ the safest possible environment to take part in a cycling event. Start waves are seeded to allow everyone to ride with people of a similar ability.

I want to ride more than 50km; can I do the route more than once?

No, but why not use the BM Ride as the start to your Sunday morning ride?

I’m an experienced cyclist, is this event for me?

Cycling on closed roads in a city centre location is a unique experience and one all levels of cyclist will enjoy. If you are an experienced cyclist, why not use this opportunity to cycle on traffic free roads as a start to a longer weekend ride with your friends?

Does the event take place on closed roads?

Yes, the BM Ride will take place entirely on closed roads.

What distance is BM Ride?

The BM Ride is 50km from start to finish.

What is BM Ride?

BM Ride is a new cycling event taking within the Brighton Marathon Weekend, on closed roads and in the centre of Brighton.

Starting and finishing on Hove Lawns on Sunday 14thApril 2019, ahead of the BM10k and the Brighton Marathon, the BM Ride will offer cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the streets of Brighton & Hove, traffic free of a 50k distance.

Whether a keen cyclist, cycling with your family, or looking for a new challenge, this event has something for everyone. Faster riders can start at the front whilst others follow on.

I would like to volunteer at the event, how can I apply?

You can register to volunteer and find out more about the roles available here.

My family/ friends are coming along for the weekend, how can they get involved?

There are a number of ways that they can participate in the weekend. Why not encourage them to enter the BM Ride with you? Or if they’d prefer to run they can enter the BM10k, and you can cheer them on after you’ve completed your ride.

If they don’t fancy participating, we always appreciate more wonderful volunteers to help us put on the event and cheer everyone on. And don’t forget that we’ve also got the Mini Mile Races for children aged 7-17.

How will I be kept up to date leading up to race day?

We keep our participants up to date with regular emails and newsletters throughout the year. This will include vital information relating to race day so please do be sure to read them. If you unsubscribe, we cannot guarantee you will receive the most up to date information about the event. Please also keep an eye out on the website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

I’ve misplaced my confirmation email

Send us an email at office@brightonmarathon.co.uk and request that we send you another copy of your confirmation email.

Alternatively, you can wait until the month before the event when we will be resending everyone their confirmation email.

I have a charity place but need to cancel

You will need to contact your charity directly to discuss cancellations along with terms and conditions involved.

You will have received their contact information when you registered with them.

Can I transfer my Marathon or BM10k entry to the BM Ride?

If you are no longer able to run in the Marathon or BM10k, but would still like to be involved in the weekend, you can transfer your entry to the BM Ride.

To arrange this please email us at office@brightonmarathon.co.uk and let us know that you would like to do this. The deadline for any requests of this nature will be 5pm on the 22nd March 2019.

You will still be able to defer your marathon entry to the following year. Please note that you are unable to defer BM10k entries.

Can I transfer my BM Ride place to someone else?

It is possible to transfer your entry for BM Ride for up to two weeks following the date of your registration, after which time you will be unable to transfer your registration to someone else.

It is against race rules to transfer your number to another person.  If you are found to gift or sell your place to another runner your entry will be deleted and you will not be allowed to enter Brighton Marathon Weekend in the future.

I can no longer take part in the BM Ride; can I receive a refund?

Refunds for BM Ride are administered up to two weeks following the date of your registration, after which time you will be unable to receive a refund.

If you have purchased Booking Protect through ACTIVE Network when you completed your registration, you will need to liaise directly with Booking Protect. This is not operated by the Brighton Marathon Weekend team.

What is the minimum age for BM Ride participants?

The minimum age for BM Ride participants is 16 on race day – we cannot make any exceptions to this.

Any participants under the age of 18 at time of registration will need to be registered by a parent of guardian.

Does any of the entrant fee go to charity?

No, the entrant fee goes towards the cost of putting on the race.  We do however work closely with local, national and international charities in helping them to raise millions of pounds for their causes. For our 2017 race, around 300 charities benefitted from an association with the event.

How much does BM Ride cost?

The entry fee is £40.

How do I enter BM Ride?

You must first register your interest to be offered the chance to enter when entries open. Entries will be limited to 1,000 places. You can register your interest here: http://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/events/bm-ride/enter/ 

Or you can enter with a charity place - please visit: http://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/events/bm-ride/charities 

I can’t find my answer, can I contact the office?

Please contact us through by emailing office@brightonmarathon.co.uk and someone will respond as soon as possible.

I’m not receiving event e-newsletters

Please check your junk / spam / clutter as they may be ending up in there.

If you cannot find the emails in any of these folders, please contact us via office@brightonmarathon.co.uk and we will look into this for you.