Frequently Asked Questions
What is Nightrider?
A fun and exciting moonlit charity cycle ride through an amazing city, past iconic landmarks. The first ever Nightrider London took place in 2010 with 300 cyclists and since then over 21,000 cyclists have taken up the challenge. Nightrider is not a sportive, it is a fun charity bike ride.
Where is Nightrider 2020 taking place?
Nightrider will be back in three cities in 2020!
London - 6/7 June 2020
Bristol - 20/21 June 2020
Liverpool - 11/12 July 2020
How far is Nightrider?
In each city there are two distance options - 100km or 50km.
You can choose your distance when you register.
Are the roads closed?
No, you will be cycling on open roads. The route is fully signposted. You will follow the signs and you can cycle at your own pace. Please also note there are no marshals en-route, other than at the designated break stops. You will need to be confident cycling in traffic.
How old do I have to be to take part?
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in Nightrider for insurance reasons. Cycling 50km or 100km on busy roads during the night is a challenge and our Public Liability insurance policy can only cover those over 18 at the time of the event.
How fit do I need to be to take part?
Cycling 50km or 100km at night is a challenge and therefore this event is not suitable for beginner cyclists. However if you put in some training you'll be able to get fit enough. Training advice will be given. It is your responsibility to be fit enough to participate in Nightrider and to get doctor’s approval if you have any health concerns about safely completing the 50km/100km cycle ride at night.
How long will it take me to cycle Nightrider?
The important thing to remember is that this is an urban ride which will involve stops at traffic lights and junctions. If you are cycling the 100km route you can plan for 6-8 hours. This accounts for stopping at the breakpoints en-route. If you are on the 50km route you will be 3-4 hours. You must be able to complete the total distance in 10 hours.
- Fully signposted route
- GPS file of the route (nearer the event)
- Break stops every 25km, snacks, water and breakfast (Bacon or veggie sausage and a hot drink)
- Hi-viz vest (you will receive this on the night of the event)
- Cycle number & bike number
- Bicycle mechanics
- First aid support
- Security staff, central control number to deal with any problems
What’s not included?
- Bike and bike insurance
- Cycle helmet - (this is compulsory and you must wear a helmet for the duration of this event)
- Any cycle parts the mechanics might need to use - (please ensure you bring spare change)
- Energy drinks and fresh fruit snacks (please bring any snacks or energy drinks that you prefer)
What time does the ride start?
The ride starts at 10.30pm. You will be set off in Start Waves for safety reasons. You will select a Start Wave when you register for the event.
How are Start Waves allocated?
All 50km riders will be allocated the same Start Wave. If you are a 100km rider you will select your Start Wave at the point of registration.
What is the policy on wearing cycle helmets?
It is COMPULSORY to wear a cycle helmet for the whole ride. If you arrive at the start without a helmet you will not be allowed to participate.
What kind of lights do I need?
It is COMPULSORY to have a working set of front and rear bike lights. If you arrive at the start without either you will not be allowed to participate for your own safety. Please bear in mind you may be on the road for 6-8 hours so if you have lights with rechargable batteries, ensure they will last long enough.
In Liverpool, Glasgow and Bristol there are short sections with no streetlights. You will therefore need good lights to light the way for you as well as keeping you visible.
Is the Nightrider™ event accessible for disabled participants?
Nightrider has been completed by disabled participants in the past. Upon registration you will be asked to disclose any disabilities you have so that we are aware and can make any arrangements if needed. We would recommend the 50km route for hand-cyclists.
Where can I park on the night?
We will recommend car parks close to the start points nearer the time of the events.
How can I enter Nightrider?
There are 2 ways to take part in Nightrider:
CHARITY PLACE: Pay a registration fee (non-refundable/non-transferable and goes to Classic Tours Ltd) and pledge to raise at least £175 sponsorship for one of our partner charities that have purchased places on the event. Please note that the required minimum sponsorship target and deadline may vary depending on the charity – please be sure to liaise with your chosen charity.
OWN PLACE: Pay the full event cost (non-refundable/non-transferable) then raise as much sponsorship money as possible for any charity of your choice. (Please note that the fee goes to Classic Tours Ltd and not to your chosen charity).
How much does it cost to enter Nightrider?
CHARITY PLACE: Pay a registration fee and commit to £175 (approx) in sponsorship.
£29 - if you sign up before 31 December 2019
£35 - if you sign up before 31 March 2020
£45 – if you sign up before the event deadline (approximately two weeks prior to the event)
OWN PLACE: Pay your cost in full as follows:
£79 - if you sign up before 31 December 2019
£89 - if you sign up before 31 March 2020
£99 – if you sign up before event deadline (approximately two weeks prior to the event)
Which charities have places in this event?
All of the Charity Partners will be listed on the Charity Partner city pages.
Can I support a charity not listed?
If you'd like to fundraise for a charity that has not purchased places on the event, you can still support them by purchasing an Own Place. (Please note that the event cost goes to Classic Tours Ltd and not to your chosen charity).
When can I register?
Registration will open towards the end of the summer. Let us know now that you're interested and you'll be the first to know when it's live! You can register at any point, subject to availability, until 2 weeks prior to the event, when registration will close. Please be aware of the tiered pricing structure, the earlier you register, the more you save.
What happens if I can’t raise enough sponsorship money?
If you are unable to meet the sponsorship money requirements set by your charity, you will forfeit your place. However, you may choose to make up the balance yourself. Please contact your charity as soon as possible to discuss options.
Does the minimum sponsorship amount include Gift Aid?
No, the minimum sponsorship amount set by your charity does not include Gift Aid.
Who do I speak to for queries regarding fundraising?
You should contact your charity who will be able to give you lots of useful fundraising help and advice.
What happens once I have registered?
Once you have registered online for your chosen charity you will receive a confirmation email from the Nightrider Team. Your chosen charity will be in touch to support you with fundraising. The Nightrider Team will email you regularly prior to the event in regard to everything you need to know about the event.
I am registered for the event, how do I find out more?
We'll keep you updated with regular emails, if your email address changes please let us know. We'll also keep the Participant Area up to date with all information.
What is Booking Protect?
When you register you will be asked if you would like to purchase Registration Protection. This is an opt-in offer that enables you to purchase coverage for the total cost of your registration fee. If you are unable to attend the event for a reason covered by the Registration Protection offer, you may contact Booking Protect to file a refund application. Booking Protect is arranged through Active Network.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Please email us and advise your charity. Any money paid to Classic Tours Ltd is non-refundable. Places are not transferable to anyone else. If you have opted to take out Booking Protect Event Cover then you may be able to claim back your registration fee from them. You can submit a refund application via Booking Protect’s easy-to-use online portal https://bookingprotect.com/refund/
Can I hire a bike for Nightrider?
We would really recommend you train on the bike you are going to ride Nightrider on, but if that’s not possible you could cycle it on a hire bike. We don’t have any bikes to hire ourselves.
If you have any questions not answered here please send us an email and we'll be happy to help!