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FAQs

Is it a race?

What time can I start and finish?

How will I navigate the route?

Is there an official photographer?

Where is the event centre?

What will it cost?

 

Is it a race?

Being a cyclosportive, the Epic will not be run as a race and we will not be awarding prizes or trophies. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get an accurate time or be unable to compare yourself with others. We will be issuing each rider with an electronic timing chip at registration that will be recorded at the start, finish and two intermediate checkpoints – so you will get a time for the entire ride and three splits. Individual times will be given to riders immediately, while the full list of riders’ times will be posted up in the event centre and on the website within 24 hours.

We will also be posting details of the standard achieved onto the website.  The Gold/Silver standards for men in 2005 and 2006 were:

Up to 39yrs: 5h30m/6h29m

40-49: 5h50m/6h52m

50-59: 6h10m/7h16m

60+: 6h30m/7h40m

All other finishers will be awarded Bronze and women move up one age category. This uses a formula from French Cyclosportives that takes into account both distance and altitude gains.  The route is changing for 2007, but the standards will remain the same, as the base parameters are very close.

Official bit: As the Epic takes place entirely on public roads, riders are expected to follow the highway code at all times.

What time can I start and finish?

Riders will be able to start any time between 8.00am and 9.00am, with their timing starting as they roll over the start mat – if you think you will be one of the more leisurely riders, we strongly suggest you start nearer to 8am, as there will be a cut off at 12.00 in Rhayader, where we will direct riders onto the “bail-out” route if they arrive late. This misses out the Elan Valley and shortens the ride by around 25km of the toughest (but arguably most scenic) riding. Anyone taking the bail-out route will be given an accurate time for their ride - the published finish times will list the two routes separately.

All riders must finish by 6.00pm.

How will I navigate the route?

The Autumn Epic is a fully supported event in the European tradition. This means that the route will be clearly marked, with direction arrows at each turning and road junction – we will make sure that you are in no doubt as to where you should be heading, so if there is a long time between turnings, we’ll put some straight-on signs up too. To cover the unlikely event that you get confused at any point, we will give each rider a detailed route card as a fall-back.

There will be two feeding stations out on the route, which will be well-stocked with bottled water and a variety of food, such as fruit, cake, and savoury biscuits (in case you get sick of sweet stuff!). Back at the finish, savoury food and a hot drink will be provided for all riders.

We will also be operating a broom wagon, should you run into real difficulties, and providing mechanical support and 1st aid.

Is there an official photographer?

An official photographer will be out on the course photographing every rider. To help identify riders, we will be sending a laminated bike number (to be fixed to handlebars) in the information packs posted to entrants during September.

Where is the event centre?

The event centre will be in the Community Hall in Knighton, which is bang on the Welsh/English border - half in Powys an half in Shropshire. The hall has plenty of parking, toilets and changing facilities and will act as the start and finish for the event. There will also be a bike shop in residence (www.epic-cycles.co.uk).

What will it cost?

The event costs £20 to enter in advance.  The cost has risen in 2007 to take account of increased insurance, a change to transponder based timing, and the provision of savoury food at the finish.  We will only be taking on-line entries in 2007, via EntryCentral.net.  The entry limit is 1000.

Event t-shirts are available for purchase at £5 – but these must be ordered by 10 September.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
photos by Jon Brooke