Rider FAQs - King's Cup Gravel Festival

Rider FAQs

Below are some Rider FAQs, giving answers to questions we get asked every year we hold the King’s Cup Gravel Festival. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at enquiries@kingscupgravel.com.

Is this event still happening?

No. The event has been postponed to 2021.

Will there be specific health and safety measures in place at the event?

Yes. There will be COVID-19 health and social-distancing measures in place, consistent with government regulations at the time of the event.

Face masks will be required to be worn at registration and in certain other areas of the Event HQ. Temperature checks will be carried out during the event. Toilets will be cleaned permanently during the event weekend. 

Every participant will be required to complete a pre-event medical form and COVID-19 symptom questionnaire. If you have COVID-19 or any symptoms of the virus you must not travel to the event.

For contact tracing purposes your contact details will be verified on registration. You must ensure your contact details are accurate in order to participate in the event.

Detailed regulations and information regarding COVID-19 procedures will be published shortly before the event date.

 

What date is the King’s Cup Gravel Festival?

The King’s Cup Gravel Festival will take place from September 24th to 26th 2021.

When will I have to pay my entry fee?

Entries will open in mid-2021. YOu can pre-register now to secure one of the limited discounted entries. If you have pre-registered (and are eligible for the discount), we will email you a discount code before entries go live.

Where is the King’s Cup Gravel Festival being held?

The Event HQ can be found at Wideham Farm, West Stowe, Near Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HE.

I want to compete in the British Gravel Championships. Which event should I enter?

You have two options when it comes to competing for the British Gravel Championship. These options are:

Men’s Gravel Race / Women’s Gravel Race

The Men’s and Women’s Gravel Race is split into individual Masters age group races. Each have their own start pen, start time and officiating team. Each age group has a specific distance, which must be completed to be included in the results and also be in with the chance of winning the British Gravel Champion title.

The British Gravel Championships podium places will be awarded to the three fastest eligible riders per age group.

What are the Masters age groups?

19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Age groups are defined by riders’ age on December 31st of the year of the event.

What is the Time Trial?

In the Time Trial each rider completes an 18.1km lap. The start of the TT has a fully produced start area with ramp, sound and lighting, professional commentary and a countdown clock. Riders are set off every 30 seconds from the start ramp.

The British Gravel Championships podium places will be awarded to the three fastest eligible ride times.

What is the Team Relay?

The Team Relay requires a team of 4 riders to compete together. One after the other each team member must complete one lap of the 18.1km course. After completing the lap, the rider then passes the ‘baton’ to the next rider in their team. This is repeated until all 4 laps have been completed.

You’ll race in classifications Men, Women, Mixed (at least one rider of either gender), U19 Men and U19 Women.

The start of the Team Relay has a fully produced start area, transition zone for the ‘baton’ exchange, sound and lighting, professional commentary and podium ceremonies for each of the classifications.

Do I need a race license to enter?

No. You do not need a race license to enter any of the King’s Cup Gravel Festival events.

Do riders have to be associated with a club to enter?

No, you don’t have to be a member of a club to take part in any of the King’s Cup Gravel Festival events.

Can a group attending together, all ride together?

The Gravel Race gates are split into Masters age group pens so you will have to start in separate pens if in different age groups.

If you’re riding in the Gravel Fondo, all you need to do is add a Team / Club Name in to your entry and all riders with your Team / Club Name will be grouped together in the start waves. If you’d like to add a Team / Club Name to your entry, please email us at enquiries@kingscupgravel.com.

Is a Race License required?

No.

Is a medical certificate required?

You do not require a medical certificate to enter the event but if you have a medical condition that may be affected by the event, you may need your GPs advice on taking part.

We ask all riders to fill in the medical questionnaire prior to arrival at the event to ensure that the best medical treatment is provided should it be necessary.

COVID-19 INFO: You will be required to complete a pre-event COVID-19 symptoms questionnaire.

What are the distances and elevations of the routes?

All event information, including distances can be found on the individual event pages on the website. Detailed route maps will be published in due course.

What are the Bike Regulations for the events?

All bikes are permitted and welcomed at the event. 

In the Time Trial (and Team Relay) tri-bars are permitted, E-bikes are not permitted. 

In the Gravel Race and Gravel Fondo, tri-bars are not permitted. 

E-Bikes are permitted in the Gravel Fondo, but not in the Gravel Race.

What is the address of the Event HQ?

The Event HQ can be found at Wideham Farm, West Stowe, Near Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HE.

Are there toilet facilities at the Event HQ?

Permanent and portable toilet facilities will be available in both the Event HQ and Start Gate areas.

Is there Official Event Parking?

The event will have Official Event Parking. Cash on entry (£5 per day). No parking charge if you are camping.

Are there warm-up facilities at the event?

There will not be a dedicated warm up area, however there is plenty of space around the Event HQ for warming up.

What time do the Start Gates open?

The start gate opening times will be published on the website and within the Rider Manual. Start gates are filled on a first come first served basis (arrive early and you’ll be at the front of your start gate).

Is there a time in which riders have to complete the Gravel Race or Gravel Fondo?

There will be a cut off time for the start of the final lap. Support will be offered to those struggling around their final lap. More information can be found in the Rider Manual.

How should riders manage a mechanical fault?

There will be no mechanical assistance available out on the route but there will be assistance available at the official Pit Stop. Riders must be self-sufficient to affect mechanical repairs while out on the course.

What happens if a rider is in need of medical attention?

We have a Medical Team available at the event. There will be Medical cover available on the route and at the Event HQ.

If you require medical treatment at any point throughout the event, make yourself known to a Marshall, Steward or any of the convoy team out on the road where possible. If you’re unable to do this, call the Medical contact number, which can be found on the reverse of your rider number.

In the event of minor cuts and bruising, you will find a Medical Post at the Event HQ.

Do riders need to inform Event Organisers of a medical condition?

All riders MUST complete the Medical Data Sheet on the back of the rider number, even if you are unaware of any medical conditions you may have. As well as this, please register any medical information on the Medical Register.

There will be a medical section available on the back of your rider number to fill in prior to attaching to your jersey.

COVID-19 INFO: If you develop any symptoms during the event, you must immediately inform the event organisers (more details will be provided closer to the event date).

What is available at the Pit Stops?

Energy products, fruit, sweet and savoury baked goods are all available within the Pit Stops. All of our Pit Stops cater for Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free.

There is water available for riders, as well as toilet facilities and the medical point.

How are the Gravel Race podium positions determined?

The Gravel Race podium positions are determined from the first three riders over the finish line in each age group. These rider’s must start in the Gravel Race.

Is there post-event food and drink available?

Event organisers will provide riders with water after the event. Various food outlets will be available within the Event HQ for riders to purchase.

Will I receive a finishers medal?

You certainly will. We like to congratulate all riders who have taken part with a huge pat on the back and present you with a medal.