Hammers 8 | FAQ
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Is The Route Fully Marked?

The course will be marshalled as well as having directional signs and tape on course.  A GPX of the route will be issued well in advance of the race.

How Difficult is the Route?

The route is suitable for all levels of competent mountain bikers.  Is cross country focused so you’ll not find anything extreme in here.  There are some small sections that would be described as “cheeky”.  Use your first lap to get your eye in then start nailing apexes and single track as laps go by.

Are There Cut Off Times?

The cut-off that counts in this 8 hour race is the one at the end.  It’s a strict 8 hour race and no laps completed after those 8 hours will count so you need to be canny about starting your last lap.  Glory or bust!

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking.

What are the recommended kit requirements for the event?

If you’ve entered something like this then chances are that you have a good idea about what you’re taking on.  Treat it like you would any other big solo ride and have the capacity to look after yourself.  

Mandatory kit list is:

  • Helmet
  • Fully working bike
  • Bike repair tools of your choice (we will not fix your bike for you)
  • Mobile phone (works up high)
  • Whistle

Anything else is entirely up to you but we’d suggest you study the weather forecast in close detail and then decide what you’re taking along.

What does my entry fee provide?

As well as an event memento and a friendly, relaxed and professionally organised event, the entry fee provides you with a timing, number board, feed station, water, full race support provided by the event crew including medical cover, comms, massive amount of category prizes, event marquee and route marking. 

What is the Maximum Number of Entrants for this Race?

We’ve set a limit of 300 riders in total to take part in this event.

What is the Latest I can Sign Up?

We will close entry to the event 7 days prior to the race or when the maximum number of entrants is reached.

Can I Enter on the Day of the Race?

We do not accept any entries on the day for this event, sorry.

What happens if I drop out during the event?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens at any point after you have registered and collected your ride number, then you must go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal or registration and let them know you are dropping out. We will have a final count of who has finished so if you drop out and don’t notify us then we’ll presume you are missing and a lot of people will start looking for you!  Please remember to sign out and hand in your timing chip.

If I need to withdraw before the day of the race itself, is there a refund policy?

There are no refunds or deferrals available once entered, however, you are able to transfer your entry to another person if you are unable to attend the event. We can help you switch places but no alterations are accepted 2 weeks prior to the event.

What happens if the event is cancelled or abandoned?

We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.

Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.

In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.

Please see our terms and conditions for full details.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

This event is for people 18 years old or above on the day of the event.