FAQ

It’s a solid 3 day’s riding, that’s for sure. But it’s do-able by a large cross-section of adventurers and we know that this event has a very high completion rate by those who have previously attempted it. We aren’t talking about seasoned pros either. Chances are, we’re talking about you! Rat Race designs its events to be achievable; not impossible. This one is inside you – you just need to release your inner mountain biker! If in doubt, email us. We are always happy to advise on riding level and whether this is for you.
Maybe. Our events are designed to be attainable; not impossible.
This is certainly a massive effort for anyone who has never ridden a mountain bike and you will need to step up with some serious training to get you to the Start line. However, it’s doable with mental preparation and a good physical training regime and if you are an experienced road cyclist already, you will have the legs for this – all you will need to work on is a bit of off-road technique, reliability and some maintenance know-how!

The Crossing is designed to be accessible for a large cross-section of adventurers and will suit those looking to step up from day riding or to try something “similar but different” from Endurance events such as our own Scotland Coast to Coast multi-sport adventure. This challenge is similar is largely off-road, the principle is the same: A great adventure over a long weekend for those who aspire to spend time pursuing challenge goals in the great outdoors

It varies each year as the route is tweaked as required from our landowner negotiations, you should expect more off-road than on and where we are on roads (or tarmac surfaces), these are predominantly quiet country lanes and cycle-ways which link together superb and varied off-road sections. Feedback from those who complete it say the road sections are a welcome change and allow the body to recover from some of the tougher off road action.
Yes. Either. We will have transfer buses for you (and your gear and bike) to get your car positioned at the finish, pre-event, so you can drive away when you reach the finish (there’s an incentive!). OR you can leave your car at the Start and we will bus you back there afterwards.
Our logistics team will be able to recover you and your bike from the course and take you onwards (east) to the next overnight location, where you will be re-united with your gear. You may choose to continue the next day to partially complete the whole event, or if you wish to drop out completely at that point, we will help you connect with onward travel to get you back to where you need to go. Please note, in these circumstances, we will attempt to connect you with the nearest town or public transport hub and cannot take participants back to the Start of the event.
Yes absolutely. We want this to be as much of an adventure for them as for you. They may camp near you at the overnights and we will issue guidance as to where they may interact with you on the course too.
No problem – you won’t be alone! We get many people doing our events on their own and they always meet others on the trail, or over a beer at the overnights! We offer solo entry or pairs entry. If you are worried about getting yourself there and away under your own steam, where you will leave your car etc, don’t worry! We have transport options to connect the Start and the Finish and ensure that you can get back to your car after the event and be back in the office for Monday morning if you need to!
Good question. More info will be released in due course.
No. We do not offer refunds but we do offer event transfer vouchers, so you can put your credit to another event. We need 10 calendar days’ notice prior to the event to make these changes plus you will need to pay a £15.00 fee. Our pricing structure rewards those that commit furthest in advance and we recommend customers hold the appropriate insurance to cover non-attendance for issues such as illness or travel problems. You can view our transfer policy hereTransfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.
Camping is included in the Entry Fee for the overnight locations. Camping is not included in the entry fee for any participants at the start or the finish of the event. At the camp-sites, you can expect hot showers, a real ale bar, secure bike storage, bike mechanic services, Rat Race Store with nutrition products for sale, hot food for sale and medical facilities as well as music and good times for one and all!
We do, but we call them Pit Stops. At the Pit Stops we have some snacks available, water, medical facilities and toilets. See below to check out what you can expect at the Pit Stops in the way of food and drink.
Pit Stops are provided on each stage between the overnight locations. At the Pit Stops you will be able to fill water bottles and hydrations bladders; and we will offer cakes, sweets, fruit and small snacks and some savoury goods. We will not offer sports nutrition as this is down to very personal choice and you should therefore plan to bring your own sports nutrition gels, powders, bars and other supplies with you. Rat Race Store will be present at the overnight locations throughout the route (and at the Start-line) with sports nutrition products for sale.
A mountain bike is certainly best. All other bike types will struggle. It does not have to be flash or fancy, but it does need off-road tyres and it must be reliable. The course features on and off road sections but a large proportion of the course is off-road.
Yes. Our partners at Wheels Cycling Centre will be happy to help. Just get in touch direct – contact John on 01877 331100 or email john@wheelscyclingcentre.com 
Yes. At the overnight locations (and at the Start) we will have a Rat Race Bike Workshop offering light bike maintenance. They will also have bike spares for sale. The labour for this service is free to you but any parts that are required will need to be paid for. To be clear, this is repair support for issues you may be having or have arisen during the day and not a free daily bike service.
England can be wet. Even in summer! You should dress on the ride to be self-sufficient for a day in the saddle and we will issue both mandatory and recommended kit lists. You will have access to dry gear from your bag at the overnight locations.
Not specialist as such, although you will be required to carry some gear at all times that we will insist on. This will fit into a small backpack or hydration bladder bag, a bum bag or a large saddlebag. We will publish a mandatory kit list that must be carried by all participants at all times.
Registration is open on Thursday 1st June only. Please note that you cannot register on Friday morning before the event. Registration will be open from 3pm until 10pm.