General Information

The Ride  (Solo Riders – Team Riders – Relay Riders)

Mr England, the Official Ride Starter, starting the event at Land's EndWe all know how healthy, popular and rewarding cycling can be and the Great Britain and Ireland Bike Ride will be all of these things and more. An excellent route has been prepared, all arrangements and logistics have been taken care of and we aim to ensure that everybody has a rewarding and enjoyable time. However, as in all great achievements in life, there is a price to pay; preparation for this event is vital to your success. Training will be demanding and time-consuming with considerable dedication, effort and commitment needed before you even get to the start in Scotland. You must be able to ride at an average of 12mph.

That saidwe intend to make the event as pleasurable and as much fun as we can whilst at the same time giving all riders a great sense of achievement in successfully completing the fifth Great Britain and Ireland Bike Ride (to ensure your enjoyment and success (please check out our ‘Preparing for the GBIBR‘ page).

Once on the road, you and your team will be able to focus totally on the task ahead and enjoy the ride, all you need is your bike and helmet. Your accommodation is arranged, all your kit and baggage will be transported daily and all food and drink will be provided. The hotels will be friendly and relaxed and will be ideal places to recover from your exertions and prepare for the next day’s ride.

 Over Night Accommodation

At the end of each day, you’ll arrive at our specially selected top quality hotels where all the facilities you need will be available. At the hotels/centres, you will l be able to shower, relax, chat with other competitors and enjoy good food, drink, and relaxation. All accommodation is on a twin room basis and you will be sharing with like minded people who are on the ride. If you would like to share with a friend then please let us know. 

You will be able to store your bikes safely, with a bike mechanic available to attend and fix any problems. A First Aider will be on hand for any injuries that need attending. All the event staff will be with you all the way – behind you and in front, transporting your bags and any extra equipment that we may need.

The accommodation is on the route so you won’t have to cycle extra unnecessary miles just to get to them. All the accommodation has been selected for their space, security, and facilities. The only night we re not staying in a hotel is in Carmarthen, Wales, where we will be staying in the fantastic Halliwell Centre which is part of Carmarthen University.

The over night stops are: Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries, Scotland – Rassidon Blu, Belfast, The d Hotel, Drogheda, Ireland – Seven Oakes Hotel, Carlow, Ireland – Whites of Wexford Hotel, Ireland – Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen University, Wales – Coldra Court Hotel, Newport, Wales Double Tree (Hilton) Hotel Newbury England.

Daily Stages

The Great Britain and Ireland Bike Ride will take place during the day on public roads. The route has taken many months to put together so you can be guaranteed a great ride. Each of the days will differ slightly in mileage, but on average you will be cycling eighty miles per day with clearly marked, pit stops en route. All riders will be expected to comply with the Highway Code and observe road signs. Please show courtesy to other road users at all time, especially local residents. (Please check out our ‘Rules for Cyclists‘ page)

Each day, all Riders will meet at the daily start point at 06:45hrs (except day one which will start at 05:30hrs) for the official stage starts at 07:00hrs. Once under way, you’ll follow the pre planned route with your lead guides. There will also two support vehicles. They’ll deal with any problems and help to keep everyone on the correct route. Our support team will be in attendance all the way to England.

Food & Drink

A delicious breakfast will be served every morning, which will get the fuel tanks ready for the big day ahead. Dinner is provided at all the hotels except for the night in Carmarthen, Wales as you will be free to go down to the town and choose ab restaurant bar of your own choice and at your own expense.

Pit Stops

We intend to make The Britain and Ireland Bike Ride one of the best events in the country and we aim to keep everybody happy and satisfied. There will be a minimum of two/three well-signposted pit stops every day, with food, drinks, toilets, first aid kits, and where possible bike mechanics ready and waiting.

Each pit stop will be clearly signposted on the route. All riders will be required to stop at the pit stops – after approx 20-30 miles cycling, we think you’ll appreciate our well run relaxing pit stops.

Rider Numbers

You’ll be given your own individual rider number. Once you have been allocated a number we will immediately be able to identify you if you need to call The Great Britain and Ireland Bike Ride event office.

Transport to the start in Dumfries, Scotland.

Transport is available to Dumfries from the finish hotel in Oxford. The coach will be leaving the Holiday Inn, Oxford at 10;00hrs to start our six-hour journey to Dumfries (including two stops) We will arrive at the hotel at approximately 16:00hrs which will give us plenty of time to get ready for the adventure ahead. The cost of this is £49.00 per person. Car parking will be available at the Holiday Inn. Please tick the box and pay on your entry.

Bike Transfer to Dumfries, Scotland

Will arrange for your bike to be taken to the start hotel in Dumfries, Scotland.  This will leave at the same time as the coach from the Holiday Inn, Oxford.  Your bike will be packed away safely in the van. (Please bring an old blanket that you do not want to be returned) Transfer cost £30.00. Please tick box and pay on your entry.

The reason for the cost is not everyone will need transport!

View our Rules & Regulations

This is where you’ll find all the important information that you will need to know if you want to take part in The Great Britain and Ireland Bike Ride.

You also need to follow The Great Britain and Ireland Bike Ride rules and regulations to take part in the event. If you have any questions, please give us a call. You can see our rules & regs by clicking here.

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