FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How much does the UK End 2 End cost?
2. Can I fundraise for more than one charity?
3. Can I just pay for my own place on the challenge?
4. What's Included?
5. What is the accommodation en route?
6. Why should I cycle with Action Challenge?
7. How many cyclists will be on the challenge?
8. What food is supplied at the rest-stops?
9. What extra food/snacks shall I bring?
10. What do I receive once I sign up?
11. What happens to my baggage during the day?
12. What insurance do I need?
13. I have never taken part in a challenge like this – am I fit / experienced enough?
14. What is a typical day?
15. Is there a laundry service?
16. How will I be supported when cycling?
17. What is the medical support provided?
18. What equipment do I need?
19. What happens if I can’t cycle a day of the challenge?
20. What insurance do I need?
21. How old do I need to be?
50. Ok - I'm in! How do I sign up to the challenge?
 
How much does the UK End 2 End cost?

There is a £299 deposit to secure your place on the challenge and this represents a portion of the cost of your place on the event.

You then choose to either:

  • Fundraise a minimum sponsorship of £3,500 for your chosen charity
  • Choose the mixed-funding option where you pay a further £700 for the cost of your place on the event and then fundraise a minimum of £1,800
  • Or pay the remaining cost of your place on the challenge - £1,400

 

If you have chosen a fundraising option - the charity then pay us (Action Challenge – the event organisers) for the remaining cost of your place on the challenge and retain the remaining fundraising amounts.

Click here to find out more about the total costs involved in the challenge. 



Can I fundraise for more than one charity?

No, we have partnered with a number of charities who you can choose to fundraise for. Whichever charity you choose, you must commit to fundraising the minimum requirements.


Can I just pay for my own place on the challenge?
Yes - you can sign up to the challenge and pay an initial registration fee of £299 - then pay the final balance of the cost of your place on the event for £1,400 ten weeks prior to departure on 21 June 2013. 


What's Included?

Just about everything! This is an all-inclusive challenge - meaning all pre-event support, accommodation, food, cycling, medical and mechanical support is included in the total cost of your fundraising on the challenge.  

Click here to read the full list of everything included in the challenge!



What is the accommodation en route?

Cycling over 100 miles for 9 days means you will need a good night sleep along the way! To keep things interesting, each night of accommodation will be different, with at least every third night indoors. We will be using hotels, B&Bs, University accommodation  and hostels along the way. We can guarantee wherever you will be laying your head it will be warm and comfortable.


Why should I cycle with Action Challenge?

Our UK End 2 End challenge is the biggest and best charity Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle event. We have over 10 years of event organising experience, and understand the core logistics down to the minute details to ensure that every event we run is a success for both charities and participants. To find out more about all of the inclusions of the challenge and the support you will receive, click here.


How many cyclists will be on the challenge?
There is a fine balance on any cycle event to ensure there is the right amount of cyclists on the road. We take into account each specific event and consider all practicalities. 

There will be around 100 cyclists taking part in the 2013 UK End 2 End challenge meaning there will still be some space on the roads for you to stretch your legs!


What food is supplied at the rest-stops?

There will be energy snacks (nuts, fruit, cereal bars) available at the morning and afternoon snack stops along with plenty of water. At the main lunch stop there will be a mixture of hot and cold food available including pasta, soup, sandwiches, fruit, and hot/cold drinks. We also recommend that to supplement the food supplied you should also bring a supply of your favourite snacks, energy gels and powders. 


What extra food/snacks shall I bring?

Small high energy snacks that you have used before.  Energy Gels are not for everyone so ensure you can take them, other products you can try include seed bars, flap jack and cereal bars, these give a good balance of instant sugar energy and slower release energy to keep you going.  Also remember you can get energy drinks that can provide a boost and replace electrolytes (always make to recommended concentration), and ensure you drink water with these to prevent dehydration. 


What do I receive once I sign up?

Upon registering onto the challenge you will receive a welcome email with log in codes to an online participant’s area of the website. This houses all the event information you need, training plans/guides, kit/equipment lists and cycling guides. We will also email you with regular challenge updates, and your charity will send out their own fundraising supporter pack with tips and advice. 


What happens to my baggage during the day?

All your main baggage will be transported each morning to the following night's accommodation. If you wish, you can either cycle with a small backpack (although we highly recommend panniers on your bike!), and you will have access to a small day bag at each lunch stop for your essentials.  

 



What insurance do I need?

Participants are insured under a comprehensive policy taken out by Event Organisers Action Challenge in respect of Personal Liability and Accident Cover.
 
Please refer to the Insurance Advice as issued in the Participant Area for further details.
 
Bike insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended and protects your bike against damage, theft, and loss. Please note that neither the organisers Action Challenge, nor the charities accept any liability whatsoever in respect of damage, theft, or loss of personal property (including bikes) whilst on the event howsoever caused.
 
You are advised to bring a bike lock which will be used to secure your cycle in the start and finish pens.


I have never taken part in a challenge like this – am I fit / experienced enough?

To cycle nearly 930 miles in 9 days is a huge undertaking. You will need to have had some road cycling experience/training and be committed to a dedicated training plan building up your distances and speeds over a number of months. If you aren’t quite there, but you have the goal and ambition - then you can get there! Our pre-event support will really help you if you have any doubts, and provide you with all the information on what you need to know.


What is a typical day?

The ride is challenging, and to make the most of daylight hours and to enjoy the route we will be rising early and typically spending 8-9 hours in the saddle. 
  • Breakfast.
  • Morning. lunch & afternoon rest stops.
  • Ride will be paced by front cycle guides & swept by support vehicles.
  • Route will be scenic, with opportunity to stop and enjoy.
  • Frequent rest & toilet stops.
  • Evening meals will be taken at a variety of different locations.
  • Each evening there will be a briefing on the following day ride by the event manager.


Is there a laundry service?

There will be a laundry service available on two days of the challenge where you will be able to refresh your cycling gear! Full details will be supplied once you have signed up to the challenge.    


How will I be supported when cycling?

We have an extensive team out on the road alongside you each day – from front pacing cycle guides, support riders, mechanics, medics, and back sweeping rest vehicles. The route will be fully signed and you'll be given route maps for each day of the cycle. We also supply full GPS routes of each day for you to download to any bike computers you might have!


What is the medical support provided?

Our event medic and supporting medics will be in a supporting vehicle alongside the challenge each day. There will also be a nightly open surgery for any aches and pains picked up during the day, as well a team of masseuses offering an extra service each evening.


What equipment do I need?

Other than a bike and helmet, our full equipment/kit list is provided with our welcome pack to you.



What happens if I can’t cycle a day of the challenge?

The challenge is extremely arduous and there may be certain days where you feel you need to take the morning, afternoon or just one section off. If this is the case, we will be able to transport you forward to the next rest stop/accommodation. 


What insurance do I need?

All participants taking part in UKEND2END must be suitably insured. As a minimum, all participants MUST hold personal liability and personal accident insurance to cover them for the duration of the event. This cover is often found in standard travel insurance policies and home contents insurance. It protects individuals in the instance of causing an accident which results in damage to property or injury to a third party. It also offers compensation in the event of an injury to the rider as a result of an accident. 


How old do I need to be?

You must be 17 or over before or on the 31 August 2013.

Ok - I'm in! How do I sign up to the challenge?

Click here to sign up to the challenge! Alternatively if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the team  you can email us on info@ukend2end.com or call 0207 609 6695.