What is the Tilnar Cycle Challenge?
The Tilnar Cycle Challenge is a Global Charity Challenge inspiring you to cycle as far as you can in 1, 5, 10 or up to 15 hours (6am – 9pm). The next Main Event Day is on the last Sunday in June each year but Challengers can do their ride anytime in the 2 weeks either side of the main day if they choose.
Participants can choose to start and finish anytime within the 6am to 9pm time limits and they choose their own route. For some it will be a chance to compare their cycling endurance on their own local roads to all other participants.
Others will regard it more as a social day with a leisurely start time. An opportunity to have an enjoyable cycle, at their own pace, whilst raising funds for charity. It is YOUR CHALLENGE and YOU DECIDE.
You record your efforts on your cycle computer, app or manually if you’re an occasional cyclist.
Once you have completed the challenge, you can enter your results on this website and download your Personal Distance Achievement Certificate. You can also compare your efforts against others in a wide range of Challenge Categories.
How do I enter?
You enter on the website by completing the entrance form and paying the entry fee
How much of the entry fee goes to charity?
The Tilnar Cycle Challenge will donate £5.00 per adult registration to the charity you select during registration. If a Challenger chooses to donate more than £5.00, then that amount will be donated to the charity that the Challenger selects. This is a guarantee and means that these amounts are donated to charity even if we do not cover our running costs as occurred during our first few years. The remainder or each entry is used to go towards and cover running and administrative costs, the marketing costs of promoting this event globally, website costs, P&P costs of sending the Early Entry Welcome Pack, banking, credit card and PayPal charges, and VAT etc.
Can I raise funds for any charity?
Yes and we want you to raise funds for a charity of your choice. You can set up a MyDonate, JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page for your favourite charity that you want to support. Your motivation to cycle further will be greater if your are participating to raise funds for a charity you have a personal connection to.
Do I have to raise funds for charity?
You do not have to raise funds for charity if you do not want to. By participating in the Tilnar Cycle Challenge you will be making a donation to one of our chosen charities, Cancer Research UK, Re~Cycle and Porridge and Rice. Obviously we would like you to raise more money for these charities or a charity of your choice as it may inspire you to cycle further but this is completely up to you.
Can I organise my own Tilnar Cycle Charity event on the day?
Yes you can and we want you to. Please look at the Organise your own Event page on the website. The idea is that lots of people will organise their own events on a small scale with all riders entering the Tilnar Cycle Challenge. Some large charities or cycling clubs may even organise some larger scale events.
How old do I have to be to enter?
We hope to inspire the next generation of cyclists through the Tilnar Cycle Challenge so cyclists of any age are allowed to enter with their parent’s or guardian’s consent. All U18s must have permission of a parent or guardian to enter the Tilnar Cycle Challenge and be accompanied by the parent or guardian at all times during the challenge. We recommend that all under 12s should only participate on off road circuits such as school playgrounds or playing fields but the ultimate decision is left to the responsible guardian or parent’s discretion who is responsible for the child at all times.
Do I have to start at 6 am and do I have to finish at 9 pm?
You cannot start before 6 am and you can’t finish after 9 pm as your times will not be counted. However, of course you can start after 6 am. Some people may only be able to ride shorter distances and even cycling 10 miles will be a challenge for some riders so you can start any time after 6 am as long as you finish by or before the 9 pm cut off time.
Am I allowed to ride in a group and draft each other?
Yes you are allowed to ride in a group and benefit from drafting behind other riders. However, you are not allowed to draft behind cars or motorbikes and this would result in disqualification.
How will I know where I have finished overall?
We publish overall distances, in the various categories on the website. You can then see how you compare against all other participants who enter the Tilnar Cycle Challenge and compare your distance against subsequent years.
How do I record my distances?
There will be 3 main ways you can record your distances;
- Manually measuring your route before the event and recording your number of circuits
- Using a cycle App on your phone such as Strava which records total distances
- Or by using a GPS cycle computer
Please note that manually recorded times will be marked as such on the website. Primarily this is a fundraising event and a personal challenge. Any riders interested in how they compare to other riders will have appropriate recording devices. Please do contact us if you have any further queries about this.
What happens if we ride with a group and we all finish with the same distance?
Then you will all share the same distance
Can I enter if I do not live in the UK?
Yes you can and we will have an international category. Providing you do not ride outside the start and finish times of 6am and 9pm in your local time zones, you can enter. However, you will be entering at your own risk and we cannot be held responsible for hours of daylight being different outside the UK. This is a cycle challenge to be attempted in safe conditions and in the light, we do not want cyclists cycling in darkness, hence the strict time parameters which should be adapted depending on your local conditions.
Can I still take part if I have entered a cycling event on the same day?
Yes you can participate in other organised events on the main Tilnar Cycle Challenge Day, whilst cycling the miles for the Tilnar Cycle Challenge and raising money for your chosen charity.
I am unable to ride on the main Tilnar Cycle Challenge day. Can I ride on another day around the main Tilnar Cycle Challenge day?
Yes providing you do not start before 6 am and you do not finish after 9 pm on the day you chose then you may. Ideally, we want everyone riding on the main Tilnar Cycle Challenge day but we appreciate that this day is not convenient for everyone so we are allowing entrants to ride their challenge on a day 2 weeks either side of our Main Day. School Events can take place throughout the year. It is your challenge and we do not want to stop you getting on your bike, seeing how far you can cycle and raising money for charity.