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  • Am I fit enough?
  • What age are the participants?
  • How do I get to the start?
  • How long will it take me to get to Hove?
  • There’s a few of us who want to take part. Can we register as a team?
  • What happens after I register?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • Do I need to bring food with me?
  • What happens if there is a problem with my bike on the day?
  • Are the roads closed off?
  • Do I have to wear a cycling helmet?
  • What happens when I get to Hove?
  • Still haven’t answered your question?
  • How does this differ from the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Bike Ride?

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  • Do I have to raise sponsorship if I take part in Capital to Coast?
  • What if I can’t raise £200?
  • You’ll be sending me a sponsorship envelope in the Rider Information Pack. Do I have to collect all my money before the ride?
  • Where and how do I send sponsorship money?
  • Can you explain Gift Aid to me please?
  • Who do I contact if I have any more questions?

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Event Information

Am I fit enough?
Anyone can participate in Capital to Coast, but you will need to achieve a certain level of fitness. The ride is designed to be fairly demanding, as you need to ‘earn’ your sponsorship money.  It is a ride not a race but the more you train the more you will enjoy the experience.  Check out the Top Tips page for training tips and advice.
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What age are the participants?
Our youngest cyclist in 2006 was 7 and the oldest was 83, with a good mix of men and women.
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How do I get to the start?
The start of the 60 mile ride is at Esher College, Esher and the start of the 30 mile ride is at Handcross Park School, Haywards Heath.   Once you have registered, you will receive a Rider Information pack nearer the time of the ride which will give you all the information that you need to get to either start.
There are dropping off places at both starts if you wish to get there by car.
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How long will it take me to get to Hove?
The average cyclist’s speed is 10 mph so would give an estimated time of 6 hours or 3 hours if doing the 30 mile route.  This would differ depending on your cycling ability and how much training you have done before the ride.
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There’s a few of us who want to take part. Can we register as a team?
Teams are more than welcome to take part in Capital to Coast as long as there more than four members in the team.  Each team member must fill in a separate registration form but if you are not applying online, you can send in one payment to cover all of the entries.
Once you are registered as a team, all sponsorship money will be attributed to the team record.  The sponsorship target is £200 per person and this still applies to team members.  E.g. if there are four members of the team then you will be expected to aim to raise at least £800 as a team.
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What happens after I register?
Once we have received your registration we will send you a fundraising pack.  We will also send you two newsletters leading up to the ride.
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What should I bring with me?
Before the ride, you will be sent your rider pack with any necessary vouchers for the day.  If you have booked a coach please do not forget the voucher, which you can exchange in Hove for a pass.
Check the weather forecast the day before so that you know if you will need any wet weather gear.
If you have a mobile phone, make sure that it is charged and has credit, if necessary.
There are no facilities for transporting any of your personal possessions to Hove on the day so make sure that whatever you bring is lightweight and can be carried either in your bike pouches or a light-weight bag to go on your back.
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Do I need to bring food with me?
There are 5 refreshment stops along the route with free food and drink so it is unlikely that you will need any food but you can always bring some energy snacks or drink powder if you want. We do not advise that you use any high-energy products that you haven’t used before when cycling a similar distance.
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What happens if there is a problem with my bike on the day?
At every refreshment stop there are fully trained mechanics who will be happy to help you with any problems you have with your bike.  There is also a mobile mechanic who will be able to travel along the length of the route to offer assistance.  If you are in need of the mobile mechanic, either let the nearest marshal know or call the Helpline number on your security wristband.  The mechanics service is free of charge but you may be charged if they need to replace any parts on your bike.  We also advise that you take a puncture repair kit with you and a spare inner tube that fits your bike in case of an emergency.
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Are the roads closed off?
No. Public Highways are only closed when an event similar to this exceeds a higher number of participants. The route is set along country lanes and quieter roads so there is less traffic. However, you must still cycle sensibly in single file and obey the Highway code in order to avoid accidents.
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Do I have to wear a cycling helmet?
There is no law that says that you must wear a helmet whilst cycling although we strongly advise that you do so in order to reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of an accident occurring.
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What happens when I get to Hove?
There’s a warm welcome waiting for you when you finish the ride and get to the No. 1 Lawns in Hove.  After you’ve cycled through the welcome sign and past the balloon towers, you’ll be presented with a medal to mark your achievement and be made to feel like a hero for all the efforts you have made pre and during the event.
When you’ve gone through the de-registration area, you will be able to redeem your coach voucher for a coach pass if you are booked onto a coach.
After that, put your bike in the specially erected bike pen* and take advantage of the wonderful sea air.  Enjoy a freshly made, delicious sandwich, roll or wrap from Munchers Catering and relax to the sound of waves gently lapping on the beautiful Hove beach.

*Capital to Coast or associated charities do not take responsibility for any personal items left at the bike pen on the day of the event.

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Still haven’t answered your question?
The Capital to Coast team will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have.

For enquiries please call 020 8420 6944 or e-mail [email protected]

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How does this differ from the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Bike Ride?
This fun but challenging day out is similar to the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Bike Ride.

We generally have fewer cyclists, with around 2000 riders expected this year, and we plan the route so that it winds along as many peaceful and green scenic country lanes as often as possible, trying to avoid major roads and areas of heavy traffic.

It is still however a very challenging ride but it allows you to enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery that makes cycling up those hills well worth the effort!

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Fundraising

Do I have to raise sponsorship if I take part in Capital to Coast?
The ride was established 12 years ago as a cycling event to raise money for charity. That is the foundation of the ride and why we work so hard to make this an enjoyable event. We actively encourage every cyclist to raise as much money as they possibly can to benefit the charities and support the services that they provide.

The suggested minimum amount that we ask each participant to raise (including each member of a team) is £200.

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What if I can’t raise £200?
The really important part if that you try as hard as you can to raise as much sponsorship as possible. We will give you loads of help with fundraising such as tips and sample fundraising letters.

>> You can also visit our Top Tips page for loads of great ideas…

Also visit www.justgiving.com/capitaltocoast for a fantastic way to reach your target via e-mail. It’s quick, easy and very effective!

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You’ll be sending me a sponsorship envelope in the Rider Information Pack. Do I have to collect all my money before the ride?
No you don’t.  We know that a lot of sponsors will want to know that you have completed the ride before they hand over the cash!  However, you might ask someone for sponsorship who you won’t see for a while after the ride and some people just like to give you the donation immediately.  Whatever the reason you can hand in the money on the day and then send any more on.  Please do not hand in your sponsorship form if you haven’t finished collecting.  Make a photocopy and indicate which donors the money is applicable to.
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Where and how do I send sponsorship money?
We do not advise that you send cash through the post. Cheques should be made payable to Norwood – Capital to Coast (Norwood being the organising charity) and send to Capital To Coast, Broadway House, 80-82 The Broadway, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4HB. If you send a personal cheque to cover cash that you have been given, please include a list of all the donors with their full postal addresses on a sponsorship form with the Gift Aid box ticked if applicable so that we can claim extra money on their donation.
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Can you explain Gift Aid to me please?
Gift Aid is the easiest way to ensure that all the sponsorship money that you raise means even more money for the charity that you fundraise for.  It doesn’t have any impact on your donors and all you have to do is make sure that they fill in their full name and address with postal code on the sponsorship form that you send to us.  It really is that easy and the benefit to the charities is huge.

Using Gift Aid means that for every pound your sponsors give, we get an extra 28 pence from the Inland Revenue, helping their contribution go further.  This means that £10 can be turned into £12.80 just so long as the donations are made through Gift Aid.  Imagine what a difference that could make and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsor a thing.  So if you want your sponsorship money to go further and achieve more, just make sure the box is ticked.  It’s that simple.

There are two exceptions to the rules however which we must abide by.

  • You cannot Gift Aid a donation made by yourself for an event for which you are a participant.
  • Donations paid with charity cheques/vouchers and company cheques are not able to go through Gift Aid.
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Who do I contact if I have any more questions?
The Capital to Coast team will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have.

For enquiries please call 020 8420 6944 or e-mail: [email protected]