Below are some Rider FAQs, giving answers to questions we get asked every year we hold the Tour of Cambridgeshire. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com.

Deciding To Enter

I want to qualify for the UCI GF World Championships Road Race. Which event should it enter?

You have two options when it comes to qualifying for the World Championships Road Race. These options are described below:

Men’s Road Race / Women’s Road Race

The Road Race is split into individual Masters Age Group road races. Each have their own start pen, start time and officiating team. Each age group has a specific qualifying distance, which must be completed to be included in the results and also be in with the chance of qualifying for the World Championships.

Riders taking part in the UCI must hold a full and valid race license.

Each age group has it’s own podium ceremony, with the first three over the finish line being invited to accept their medal, as well as the winner also being presented with the UCI rainbow jersey.

To qualify for the UCI GF World Championships, you must finish in the top 20% of your age group. The number of riders qualifying is determined on starters within each specific age group, the chip time of each rider and is taken from both the Road Race and Gran Fondo collectively.

Gran Fondo

The Gran Fondo has a mass start for all entered, with each age group riding the qualification distance (this is the same distance as the Road Race), which must be completed to be included in the results and also be in with the chance of qualifying for the World Championships.

A race license is not required for the Gran Fondo.

To qualify for the UCI GF World Championships, you must finish in the top 20% of your age group. The number of riders qualifying is determined on starters within each specific age group, the chip time of each rider and is taken from both the Road Race and Gran Fondo collectively.

I’d like to qualify for the UCI GF World Championships Time Trial. What do I need to do to enter?

You need to enter in to the ToC Time Trial. Entries are restricted to just 500 places for 2021. Once entries are sold out, there will be no more available.

What is the Team Time Trial?

The Team Time Trial is held on a fully closed-road circuit, which is completed as a team of four. Each team will start on a fully produced start ramp, which is situated indoors within the heart of the Festival, and ride around the route as quickly as possible.

I’m not interested in qualifying for the World Championships. What should it enter?

We have the ToC Sportives, which are perfect for those wanting a challenge, to take advantage of the fully closed roads and riding with friends but not looking to qualify for the World Championships.

ToC100, ToC70 and ToC50 are closed road sportives, which is non-competitive and open to all abilities of riders, with distances of 100, 70 and 50 miles.

How many people are included in a Family within the Family Fondo?

The Family Fondo entries include up to four people, with the combination of either 1 adult & 3 children or 2 adults & 2 children. Individual tickets can be purchased through the entry platform.

Do you riders have to be associated with a club to enter?

You don’t have to be a member of a club to take part in any of the Tour of Cambridgeshire events.

Can a group attending together, all ride together?

The Road Race gate is split into UCI Master’s Age Group pens so will have to start in separate pens if in different age groups. The Gran Fondo has a mass start, which is split into three start pens – 19-59 Men, 60+ Men and all Women.

If you’re riding any of the ToC Sportives, all you need to do is add a Team / Club Name in to your entry and all riders with your Team / Club Name will be grouped together in the start waves. If you’d like to add a Team / Club Name to your entry, please email us at enquiries@tourofcambrideshire.com.

Do you offer discount for groups / teams?

We certainly do. Get in touch with us at enquiries@tourofcambrideshire.com and we’ll be able to share the details with you.

Registration Requirements

Is a Race License required?

The Road Race is the only event which requires a full Race license. If you qualify for the Gran Fondo World Championships, you will require a full Race license to compete.

Is a medical certificate required?

You do not require a medical certificate to enter the event but if you have a medical condition that may be affected by the event, you may need your GPs advice on taking part.

We ask all riders to fill in the medical questionnaire prior to arrival at the event to ensure that the best medical treatment is provided should it be necessary.

Complete the Medical Questionnaire HERE.

What are the distances and elevations of the routes?

All event information, including distances can be found on the individual event pages on the website.

Rules & Regulations

What are the Bike Regulations for the Road Race and Gran Fondo?

A Gran Fondo is a classified by the UCI as a race and not a Sportive, therefore governed by the UCI World Cycling Tour bike regulations:

“The riders can choose any bike they want (road bike, mountain bike, city bike, hybrid bike, cross bike…) with exception of tandem bike or recumbent. In a road race event, time trial bikes are forbidden.”

Are disk brakes allowed?

Disc brakes are also allowed in the UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifiers and in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Are tri-bars allowed?

Tri-bars are completely prohibited within the Road Race and Gran Fondo but can be used within the Time Trial. Any rider seen using tri-bars in the Road Race or Gran Fondo will be disqualified.

Are tandems, hand-cycles or recumbents allowed?

Tandems, hand-cycles and recumbents are all allowed within the ToC Sportives, whether it be ToC100, ToC70 or ToC50.

Registration

Entry did not complete on time of booking or computer crashed during payment?

Email us at enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com; we’ll be able to check the status of your entry and inform you of next steps to complete entry.

Not received a Confirmation of Registration email?

Email us at enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com; we’ll be able to check the status of your entry and resend your confirmation.

Need to change any of your entry details?

Email us at enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com; we’ll be able to amend any registration details entered when entering.

Entering a group or team of 10 or more?

If you would like to enter a group of 10 or more riders, get in touch at enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com. If you’re entering a group of 10 or more, we’re able to offer you a little more discount.

No longer able to ride the event?

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions, which can be found on the website (Non-Transfer, Non-Refund and Deferral). There are no refunds available under any circumstances .

Deferrals are permissible if the Deferral Protection, which must selected at the time of entry. To defer entry under the Deferral Protection, email enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com.

In the event an entry is duplicated by a participant by mistake in either the Time Trial, Road Race or the Gran Fondo, the surplus entry fees will be refunded.

How are start times for the Time Trial allocated?

Start times are allocated to riders as per age groups. There is no seeding other than by age group.

Riders taking part in the Team Time Trial, as well as the Individual Time Trial will receive the earliest possible start time.

Need to add camping to your entry?

This isn’t a problem at all. You can book your camping HERE.

Is your entry is showing the wrong age group?

Your age group is determined by your age on 31 December in the year of the event for the season. Therefore, it may look like you’re in the older age group at the time but you will be in that age group by the end of the year. If you’re still unsure if your age group is correct, get in touch at enquiries@tourofcambridgeshire.com.

At The Event

What is the address of the Event HQ?

The Event HQ is at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6SH.

Are there toilet and shower facilities at the Event HQ?

Both permanent and portable toilet facilities will be available in both the Event HQ and Start Gate areas. There are also shower blocks available.

Is there Official Event Parking?

All Golazo Festivals have Official Event Parking. There is variable parking charges, which can be found on the individual event pages on the website.

To speed up your ToC experience, you can add the Express Entry option, which not only includes your Rider Pack being sent to your home address and the Bag Drop facilities but it also includes Gold Parking throughout the whole weekend.

Are there warm-up facilities at the event?

There will be a dedicated warm up area for the Chrono. This will be set up and managed by the event organisers and will include all turbo trainers.

There are no dedicated warm up facilities for the Road Race, Gran Fondo or Sportives.

What time do the Start Gates open?

The start gates opening times will be published on the website and within the Rider Information Manuals. All start gate are open with a first come first served process for where riders start within the start gate.

Within The Ride

Is there a time in which riders have to complete the Road Race, Gran Fondo or Sportives?

There will be a Pace Car marks the back of the event; any rider who find themselves behind the Pace Car will be out of the event and must abide by the Highway Code. The Pace Car will travel at 12mph around the 100 mile route.

If the Pace Car passes a rider prior to the cut-off point, they must ride the shorter routes available. The cut off point location and critical time of day is stated within the Rider Information Manual.

All riders will have their numbers removed if they are behind the Pace Car. They may wish to travel back to the Event HQ via the Sweep Teams.

How should riders manage a mechanical fault?

There will be no mechanical assistant available on the route. Riders must be self-sufficient to affect mechanical repairs or wait for the Broom Wagon to repatriate back to the Event HQ.

Are team cars or team support allowed on the route?

All team cars and support outside of the event organisation is prohibited within the event.

What happens if a rider is in need of medical attention?

We have a huge Medical Team covering There will be Medical cover available on the route, at the Event HQ and in the Pit Stops.

If you require medical treatment at any point throughout the event, make yourself known to a Marshall, Steward or any of the convoy team out on the road where possible. If you’re unable to do this, call the Medical contact number, which can be found on the reverse of your rider number.

In the event of minor cuts and bruising, you will find a Medical Post at each Pit Stop.

Do riders need to inform Event Organisers of a medical condition?

All riders MUST complete the Medical Data Sheet on the back of the rider number, even if you are unaware of any medical conditions you may have. As well as this, please register any medical information on the ToC Medical Register, which can be found HERE.

There will be a medical section available on the back of your rider number to fill in prior to attaching to your jersey.

What is available at the Pit Stops?

Energy products, fruit, sweet and savoury baked goods are all available within the Pit Stops. All of our Pit Stops cater for Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free.

There is water available for riders, as well as toilet facilities and medical points within each of the Pit Stops.

Find out more about the Pit Stops HERE.

Post Ride

How are the Road Race podium positions determined?

The Road Race podium positions are determined from the first three riders over the finish line in each age group. These rider’s must start in the Road Race.

How are the qualification places determined for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships?

The Gran Fondo World Championship qualification places are determined by the chip time of each rider. Riders must start within the Road Race or Gran Fondo and ride the qualifying distance determined for each age group.

To qualify you have must finish in the top 20% of your age group. The number of riders qualifying is established by the number who start within each age group.

How do you riders find out if they’ve qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships?

All results will be published on the event website and the ToC app within 8 hours post event. All riders who have qualified will have a ‘Q’ within the results.

What do you receive if qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships?

All riders who qualify are able to claim a UCI medal within the Event HQ. An email will be received approximately 2 weeks post event from the UCI inviting qualified riders to the Gran Fondo World Championships.

Is there post-event food and drink available?

Event organisers will provide riders with water after the event. Various food outlets will be available within the Event HQ for riders to purchase.