Ritchey Trail Masters Frequently Asked Questions
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If I enter but have to withdraw due to medical or any reason,
can I transfer my place to someone else?
Yes, of course. Once you have a confirmed team or solo entry you can transfer it to another rider up to the day of registration. If you can’t find a replacement, the cancellation costs are as follows:
£30 administrational fee is non-refundable. If you cancel during the last two weeks before the 24th May 2013 (start of the event) => only 50% of the total entry fee will be refunded.
When will the campground be open?
The campground and the facilities will be open from Thursday (23rd) afternoon onwards. It will stay open until Monday (27th May 2013) morning.
What kit do we have to bring?
We will provide you with a list of everything you need to bring. It can be found on the Requirements Page on the website. It is not a long list so please make sure you take a look before you head off and take everything with you. You will also be asked to carry at least one mobile phone (per team) with you for emergencies. We will make a note of your number when you sign-on at registration so that we can contact you if needs be.
Are there any feed stations on course?
Yes, there will be feed stations for the linking stages. Their location will be announced before the start of each day. They will be close enough to each other that you should not run out of supplies. However, please note that you have to make sure that you are self-sufficient and that you use the feeding stations only to top up your supplies rather than to rely on them as your sole source of drink and food. We will also have a rolling lunch, which means that at around lunchtime you will pass a feed station that will provide everyone with a lunch pack. The special stages will not have feed stations due to their shorter length.
Do I have to do the special stages?
In principle you don’t but the majority of the special stages will be run ‘within’ the linking stages. If you’re not worried about your time simply ride through them as they would be an untimed part of the ride. Where the special stage is separate (night stage on Friday night) then you can simply sit that one out. If you sit any of them out, you will not be able to win the event or a category but if you are not bothered about that then don’t worry about the special stages.
Do I have to be super fit?
No, not really. We suggest that may have done the odd long distance event like a MTB Marathon or similar before and that you go out on your bike on a regular basis but that is pretty much it. Pacing, eating and drinking enough are key.
Will much navigation be needed?
No. There is no navigation necessary on the special stages and they will be marked specifically for riding at speed. The linking stages will be well marked so that no navigation is required. You will also get a route card with reference points and a course description to help you to take the right turns along the route if needed.
Can I bring a mobile home or caravan?
Yes, no problem. Please try to be sensible with the amount of space your setup might require and try to keep use of generators down to a minimum (especially in the evening).
Will there be electrical hook-ups?
No we will not have electrical hook-ups on site. You are welcome to bring small generators if you need power but please respect everybody else on site when using them. Especially in the evening / at night.
What technical support is allowed?
There are no restrictions on technical support. The only rule is that you should finish the day’s ride on the bike you started on. This rule will obviously not apply if you damage or break your frame and you have to use one of the backup bikes.
Can we have our own team support?
Yes of course. The more the merrier.
Can my family, partner or friends come along?
We welcome families and friends with tents, mobile homes or caravans. Please see above.
Is there going to be a ‘meals-only’ voucher system in place for support crew/friends/family?
Yes there will be. You can buy them at registration for £50 and they cover all meals on the three event days.
Can I enter from abroad? Yes, you can! As it will not be that straight forward for you to send us a Pound Sterling cheque we suggest that you get in touch with us on email@example.com for details on money transfer, online payment and potential airport pickup.