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; this is not a race!

When will BM Ride take place?

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

What distance is BM Ride?

The BM Ride is 50km from start to finish.

Does the event take place on closed roads?

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

You can currently register your interest to hear more about becoming a volunteer. You can also find more information on that page about volunteering.

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.

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 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Will I receive a medal once I complete the BM Ride?

Will I receive a medal once I complete the BM Ride?