Terms and Conditions


As organisers we have a responsibility and duty of care towards our participants. The following regulations are to be followed for the duration of the event.  You must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the event to ride the Expert (100 mile) and Enthusiast (60 mile) routes, and at least 12 years of age to ride the Challenge (25 mile) route. Younger riders may ride at the discretion of the organisers with written parental consent.

  • Notwithstanding the above, a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult must accompany riders under the age of 16 on all rides.
  • Riders will be responsible for the roadworthiness of their own cycle.
  • All types of bicycle will be accepted (including tandems and recumbents), but
  • Tri-bars are strictly forbidden: any rider arriving with a bicycle fitted with tri-bars will not be allowed to start.
  • Riders will be set off in groups of 20 or fewer at intervals of no less than 2 minutes, but start times are flexible.
  • The organisation is covered under the Rotary insurance policy for third party liability. However, riders are not covered for third party insurance.  Therefore if you require such insurance you must arrange this yourself.  Membership of British Cycling, Cycling UK and other similar organisations automatically includes such insurance, and the organisers STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you obtain cover in this way.
  • You must obey all Highway Code rules. You are requested to ride in single file where appropriate and no more than two abreast at any time. Please be aware of your fellow cyclists and any other traffic. Please always indicate your intention to stop or change direction. All cyclists must adhere to and obey the Highway Code and laws of England where applicable and extend all reasonable courtesy to other road users.
  • You may not deviate from the official route. From start to finish there will be signage marking the route. Direction will be indicated by signs placed clearly at or before junctions, often with a confirmation arrow afterwards. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL RIDERS TO TAKE THE CORRECT ROUTE.
  • It is mandatory THAT ALL riders wear a safety approved cycling helmet complying with latest ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards. Any rider not wearing a helmet will not be covered by the event insurance and will be disqualified from the event and could be liable for damages if involved in an accident on that basis. The rider must accept this as a condition of entry.
  • Please bring a mobile phone with you if possible and register the number with the organisers, but do not use your mobile phone when riding, and if taking or making calls please do it safely at the side of the road.
  • The organisers reserve the right to terminate an individual’s ride on health and safety grounds.
  • The rides will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, rerouted or stopped for reasons of safety. Entry fees, however, are non-refundable.
  • The organisers will endeavour to provide fluid and some form of food at designated ‘feed zones’ on the Expert and Enthusiast routes; however we cannot guarantee supplies will be available at all times and urge riders to only take what they need and be mindful of the needs of those following behind.
  • No rider may take food or drink from anyone whilst on the move: if you need food or drink you must stop to receive it.
  • You must complete the course within the allocated times of 11 hours for the Expert (100 m) route, 7 hours for Enthusiast (60 m) route and 4 hours for the Challenge (25 m) route to be classed as a finisher.
  • Individual support cars are strictly forbidden; any participants seen to use one will be taken out of the event, and disqualified.
  • All riders must carry a form of identification showing their name, address and/or contact details of a person to be advised in the eventuality of an accident. It is also advised that all participants carry two drinks bottles, energy bars, tools, replacement inner tubes, a working pump, suitable wet weather gear, money, and a mobile phone as well as extra clothing to complete the ride, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.
  • You will be required to attach your rider number for identification purposes and health and safety reasons, to be attached to your handlebars (number facing forward), where appropriate.

Entry Terms & Conditions

  • I understand that I participate completely at my own risk and that the organisers will not be held responsible for any damage, injury or loss however caused by me outside of the third party insurance in place for the duration of the event.
  • I agree to wear a safety approved cycling helmet complying with latest ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards for the duration of the event.
  • Entry fee(s) are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • I declare myself medically fit and able to participate in the ride. By entering the ride(s), I waive any liability on the part of the organiser due to medical grounds.
  • Cycle sportives are designed as events for serious cyclists who have the strength, endurance and stamina to successfully complete the challenge. Please ensure you have done the right level of training to go for your standard and/or chosen distance.
  • If I am under 18, I have the written consent of my parent or guardian to ride the Expert or Enthusiast ride. If I am under 12, I have the written consent of my parent or guardian to ride the Challenge ride.  If I am under 16, my parent, guardian or a responsible adult will also accompany me throughout the duration of the event by bicycle.

Entry confirmation will be posted on the SI Entries website after the online booking procedure has been completed. Further information on the event can be obtained from www.ribblevalleyride.org

Cycling is a very popular activity in which contact with nature is fundamental. We firmly ask participants not to throw anything on the roads (paper, wrap, bottles, etc.). The natural environment must be preserved and the longevity of this event depends on this. Trash bags will be available at controls and stations where you can dispose of empty bottles, wrappers etc. Please give the environment the respect it deserves.

Cycle sportives are not races, they are challenge rides; the organisers will not encourage or promote the event on this basis.

Participants must have read the event regulations and agree to abide by the regulations and accept the entry terms and conditions as stated above by the organisers.