The Big Ride FAQs

 1.  When does the ride take place?

The Big Ride will take place on Sunday 8th July 2018.  

2.  Where does the ride start and finish?

The Big Ride will start and finish at Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PY.  

3.  How do I get to Larmer Tree Gardens?

If you are using a sat nav, please use the postcode SP5 5PY. When you get close, you will be able to follow the brown ‘flower’ sign posts. We will have marshals waiting to direct you at the entrance of Larmer Tree Gardens. You can find further directions here:

4.  What are the start times?

100 mile start time: 7.30am

50 mile start time: 9.00am  

Please aim to arrive an hour before your start time so you have plenty of time to register and prepare yourself for the ride.  

5.  Where can I park?

You can park for free at Larmer Tree Gardens. We will have marshals waiting at the entrance to direct you.  

6.  Can I see the routes?

As this is a brand new ride for 2018 we are still risk-assessing and finalising the routes. As soon as they are ready we will email them to you. Please make sure you check your junk mail.  

7.  Are the routes fully sign posted?

Yes, the ride will be fully signed and marshalled and you will be provided with an emergency contact card, in the unlikely event that you get lost or require medical support. Please note elements of the route may be subject to change.  

8.  Are there downloadable GPX files of the routes?

Yes, we will email you when the GPX files are available to download.  

9.  What type of bicycle will I need and are tandems allowed?

We highly recommended a road/racing bike because you will be mainly cycling on tarmacked surfaces. A Hybrid would also be fine, please make sure the tyres are adequate for road surfaces.   

Riders wishing to take part on a tandem together will need to enter each competitor individually and pay the applicable fee.

10.  Can I ride at my own pace?

Yes, this challenge is about raising vital funds and awareness for Julia’s House and is not a race! We want, above all, for you to be safe and have a thoroughly enjoyable day.  

11.  Are there any cut off times for this event?

There are no specific cut off times for this event, however your safety is paramount to us and we therefore reserve the right to ask you to retire from the ride if we deem necessary.  

12.  How long should The Classic Tour (50 miles) take?

Depending on your average speed, a 50 mile ride should take approximately
3 – 4 hours.  

13.  How long should The Grand Tour (100 miles) take?

Depending on your average speed, a 100 mile ride should take approximately
6 – 8 hours.  

14.  What is the terrain like?

Both routes consist of undulating roads, some challenging hill sections but also breath-taking views over the Salisbury plain and Cranborne Chase. You will meander through some charming Dorset and Wiltshire villages. There are, as you would expect, some steeper and more challenging hill sections on the 100 mile route, but you’ll still cycle through stunning almost traffic free villages.  

15.  What is the minimum age for The Big Ride participants?

The minimum age to participate is 16 years old but anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Please email if you require a waiver.  

16.  I need to withdraw due to injury, work, family commitments etc. Can I have a refund?  

Refund Policy: As outlined in the terms and conditions displayed on our website and signed when entering the ride, entry fees cannot be refunded. This is a contribution towards the administration costs of putting on The Big Ride. Please email if you wish to withdraw from the ride.

Transfer Policy: Participants will be able to transfer their entry to another participant up until Friday 22nd June 2018. Please email if you wish to transfer your entry to someone else.  

17.  Can I change the distance I am registered for?

Yes, please email if you wish to change the distance you are registered for.  

18.  When will I get my rider number and rider information?

You will be given your rider number when you register on the day.  

We will email you an information pack which includes everything you need to know before and on the day at least four weeks before The Big Ride. Please make sure you check your junk mail.  

19.  Will there be any feed stations and mechanical help/medical assistance around the course?

There will be designated points on both routes where you will be able to stop to use the toilet facilities and to re-fuel, with various energy snacks available. We will have plenty of water so you can re-fill your water bottles.  We are currently putting together the final details of where the feed stations will be located. This will be included in your information pack which will be emailed to you at least four weeks before The Big Ride.  

Mechanical and medical support will also be available at the start and on the route.  

20.  Do I have to fundraise?

We are excited to offer this exclusive challenge as an opportunity to raise vital funds for our families and we hope everyone will try to raise as much as they can. Your registration fee helps to cover towards the costs of organising the event, it’s the money you raise that helps us to pay for the care and comfort of a local child and their family.  

We would love all our riders to raise a minimum of £300. This will pay for 10 hours care for a poorly child, and respite for an exhausted mum or dad – a chance for them to have a break or catch up on those little everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted.  

We will send you a FREE Julia’s House cycling jersey when you reach £200 sponsorship.

21.  What’s the best way to raise sponsorship money?

The best place to start is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page. It’s easy to set up and manage. Your friends and family can sponsor you from anywhere at any time and you don’t need to spend time collecting money. You can use it as well as a regular sponsorship form, giving friends and family two ways to support you.  

Most people find fundraising is far easier than they first imagined. We will support you every step of the way to ensure you reach and even exceed your target. Here are some suggestions:            

  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you through JustGiving
  • Hold cakes sales at work          
  • Car boot sale or eBay auction          
  • Host a dinner party and charge your friends to come         
  • Hold a quiz night at your local pub         
  • Ask your work or local school to hold a non-uniform day          
  • Ask your local supermarket if you can bag-pack or hold a couple of collections throughout the year  

Remember to make full use of the fundraising pack with ideas on how to reach your target and also remember that you can call on the support of the Challenge Team at Julia’s House at any time.  

22.  How do I pay in my sponsorship money?

If you are collecting sponsorship money, there are a few ways you can send it to us:           

  • Come and visit us. We're based in the Barclays building in Poole (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).         
  • You can hand it in to your local Julia's House shop.         
  • You can donate through our website. Just make sure you add your reason for your donation as ‘The Big Ride 2018'.        
  • You can send a cheque, payable to ‘Julia’s House’ in the post to:  Julia's House, Barclays House, 1 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BB. Just make sure you include a note with your name and the reason for your sponsorship.

If you have a sponsorship form, please send it back to us so we can claim back the Gift Aid.

23.  Can I bring my sponsorship money with me on the day?

Please try and avoid bringing any sponsorship money with you. We would really appreciate it if you could send us any sponsorship money using one of the methods listed above, as we will not have anywhere to keep safe on the day.  

24.  Do I need to do anything with the money I have raised through JustGiving?

You do not need to do anything. Any sponsorship you have received online will be automatically transferred to us. The same applies for Virgin Money Giving and BT MyDonate.  

25.  How do I claim my free Julia’s House cycling jersey?

The cycling jerseys will be sent out to everyone who has raised a minimum of £200 on 11th June 2018, to ensure you receive them in time for The Big Ride. Please email once you have reached £200 sponsorship to claim your jersey.  

26.  Will I be chip-timed?

Yes, you will be given a timing chip and number when you register on the day. The timing chip will attach to your bike and we will email you a link to the results. Please remember this challenge is about raising vital funds and awareness for Julia’s House and is not a race.  

27.  Where can my friends and family meet me afterwards?

Your friends and family are welcome to join us at Larmer Tree Gardens where they can cheer you across the finish line! There will be food and drink available  to purchase and games to keep your children entertained.  

28.  Is there anywhere en-route that my friends and family can watch me?

We recommend your friends and family join us at Larmer Tree Gardens to cheer you across the finish line, where there is plenty of space, refreshments and facilities for them to relax and enjoy the day.

29.  Is there anywhere to get food and drink at the start and finish line?

Before the start of the ride we will have tea, coffee and croissants available to purchase. Please make sure you have a substantial breakfast before arriving.  

There will be a delicious hog roast and glass of prosecco waiting for you at the end of the ride! Your friends and family can also purchase a hog roast on the day. There will be a bar available where you can purchase tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks. You are also welcome to use the Larmer Tree Gardens café facilities.  

30.  Do you have a training plan?

Yes, we have put together a recommended training plan. You will receive it via email in January.

31.  How does Julia’s House benefit?

Your registration fee helps towards the costs of organising the event. It’s the money you raise that helps us to pay for the care and comfort of a local child and their family, which is why we would love all our riders to raise a minimum of £300.  

32.  Do you offer a special rate for corporate group bookings?

Yes, please email to find out more.  

33.  Who organises the ride?

The ride has been organised by experienced cycle sportive organisers, Slick Events on behalf of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s Hospices.

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