Rider Manual Bucks 100 16 September 2012
We are delighted that you have chosen to take part in the Bucks 100 and by doing so, supporting
Action Medical Research. In this manual you will find all the details that you need to know about the
event and the proceedings for the day. Please take your time to familiarise yourself with the details as
this will enable you to enjoy the experience of this RIDE100 event.
Prepare yourself for a great day in the saddle on the Bucks 100; an undulating route that takes in quiet
lanes and villages of the county’s countryside is in store that will test your stamina. We would ask that
everybody involved with this event – be they rider, official or supporter – is mindful of cycling’s outward
image and that of Action Medical Research. Our events enjoy a good safety record and friendly
atmosphere and are keen to maintain this, your participation is important to us.
Thank you for your support
At Action Medical Research we are determined to stop the suffering of babies and children caused by
disease and disability. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. By raising as
much as you can on the Bucks 100 bike ride you will be helping to find ways to reduce premature
birth, to support children facing a lifetime of challenges caused by disabilities, and to develop cutting-edge
therapies for rare and incurable diseases.
What you need to know
Free parking is available within the grounds of Waddesdon Manor and an area has been allocated for the
ride; please be mindful of cyclists on the road as you enter the grounds.
All riders must register their attendance and confirm their route option at Event HQ in the marquee
which is just a short walk from the parking area. At registration you will be provided with the following:
Bike number with timing chip – cable ties provided
Tyvek wristband - please record your rider number, name and any allergies/medical conditions
Event Control number card - Event Control number 07796 817438
100-mile registration opens at 06:45
100km registration opens at 08:00
Before starting check:
That you have fixed your bike number to the front of your bike
You have the Event Control number in your pocket
At the start riders must assemble in the holding area where they will be filtered to the start line.
Riders must ride under the gantry to activate the timing chip. Please avoid the gantry unless starting the
ride as it may trigger your timing chip.
From 07:15 the first group of 100-mile riders will assemble at the start
100km riders will be set off from 08:30
A short safety briefing will be given to riders before set off
At regular intervals the start process will be repeated until all riders are on the road.
All riders should be on the road soon after 08:45 and no later than 09:00.
The route is signed throughout with yellow signs bearing the ‘Action’ button and direction arrows. At
the route split the 100km route is indicated by blue signs, which revert back to yellow after a few miles.
The button will always be in the bottom right hand corner, if it is not, then it has been tampered with.
All riders are required to ride with due care and attention during the event. Please respect other road
users, this is not a closed road event and you will encounter traffic. Be patient, this is not a race and
there are no rewards for finishing first. Do not put yourself or others at risk by careless riding. Obey any
instructions given by marshals or support crews. Ultimately, you are responsible for your riding.
During the event, riders are expected to obey the rules of the road and ride in a manner appropriate for
a cycling event. Be courteous throughout the event and consider other road users, pedestrians and
others engaged in a leisure activity such as horse riders. The route follows mainly country lanes where
you will encounter rural traffic users such as tractors, etc.
Helmets – The wearing of cycle helmets on Action Medical Research’s bike rides is compulsory.
Please make sure that you bring a helmet to the ride. No helmet, no ride.
We ask you not to:
drop litter – use the bins provided or take it home with you
urinate in public; there are toilets at the start, feed stations and along the route
behave in a manner that may offend others
impede traffic flow; please refrain from forming groups on the road
100km route Feed stations 100-mile route
24 Wendover Woods 24
50 Stewkley village hall 50
N/A Chackmore village hall 72
There will be items such as flapjacks, fruit, sweets, water and squash. High5 EnergySource drink will be
available at all stops. All village halls have toilet facilities.
Lunch at Stewkley consists of a cold buffet with meat, cheese, rice, pasta, salad, pastries, rolls, fruit and
cakes. Tea and coffee will also be available. The selection of food available is suitable for all diets.
Mechanical assistance during the event
Trek will be on hand at the start for any spare parts that you might need and to check your bike over.
On the route moto marshals and support vehicle will have spare tubes and pumps along with some basic
tools to help you with any problems you may have. Gary’s Bikes will be on the route and at the lunch
stop at Stewkley. Please ensure that your bike is in good order before starting the ride to avoid
problems later. We can only assist with minor problems and we cannot provide support for serious
mechanical breakdowns and if your bike or body fails you, the broom wagon will take you to the finish.
Accidents and emergencies
In the event that you or someone is involved in an accident that requires emergency services, do not
hesitate to contact 999 in the first instance and then the Event Controller on the number provided. If the
incident is minor and not life threatening the Event Controller will be the first person to contact. We
have two emergency support vehicles on the route and they are equipped to deal with the emergencies
to a high standard.
Require help? - If you get into difficulty during the event and require assistance please contact
Event Control on 07796 817438. You will receive a small card with this number at registration.
At the finish:
You must ride under the gantry to record your time and to confirm that you have finished.
The timing chip will be removed from your bike.
Please be patient as riders are filtered through the finish area.
Advise timing staff if you changed routes during the ride.
Changing and shower facilities are available.
If you decide not to complete the ride and do not return to the finish, you must contact Event Control
and return your chip to the timing provider, failure to do so will result in a charge of £15.
We wish you a safe and enjoyable ride and look forward to presenting you with your ride memento at
the finish. Photos will be available a few days after the event at RandR Photos where they can be
purchased in a number of formats – make sure you’re smiling!
Rider times will be displayed on the Black Sheep website soon after the event and a link to timings on
our website will be sent to you via email. If you have any queries about your time, please contact Black
Sheep direct at email@example.com
Don’t forget to hand in your timing chip at the finish to confirm de-registration. At the finish a team of
therapists will be offering a FREE sports massage service available to relieve those tired muscles.
Rider safety brief
All riders must display their rider number on their bike and wear the wristband.
Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult during the event.
The wearing of helmets (conforming to CE Standards EN1078) is mandatory for all riders.
No helmet, no ride.
All riders must ride in an orderly manner in accordance with Highway Code.
RED means STOP. Do not take chances.
Obey any instructions given to you by marshals on the route.
This event is non competitive, it is not a race and there are no road closures.
The route is fully signed and every turn is clearly marked; do not turn unless directed.
Take heed of road traffic warning signs, they apply to cyclists too.
Do not ride in groups and extend all reasonable courtesy to other road users.
Ride single file on climbs and A Roads to allow traffic flow.
Take care at cattle grids and consider dismounting.
On single track roads ride single file and anticipate oncoming traffic.
Be aware of potholes and loose gravel on roads throughout the route.
Keep a safe distance between you and the rider in front, especially on steep descents.
Be patient when crossing junctions and cross in small groups.
When turning right, always make your intentions clear to road users.
The route splits at 52.53 miles at Mursley soon after the lunch stop. Blue signs will indicate the
100km route and 100-mile riders continue to follow yellow signs. Note that after a few miles the
blue signs will revert back to yellow.
Paramedics are on the route to attend to any incidents that require medical attention.
Participants are responsible for the road worthiness of their bike.
Gary’s Bikes will be on the route and at the lunch stop at Stewkley.
Support vehicles on the route will be able to carry out some minor repairs.
All spare parts supplied by the mechanics and marshals are chargeable.
You are advised to carry two spare inner tubes and a small tool kit
Please refrain from using ipods, mp3 players and mobile phones whilst riding.
Be prepared for adverse weather and wear/carry adequate clothing.
In hot, sunny conditions drink plenty of water and apply sun protection.
In the event that you are unable to complete the ride, a sweeper vehicle will be following.
Getting there – Waddesdon Manor Estate, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. HP18 0JH
Parking & venue information
Event HQ & Start
Parking is available close to the start area; please be mindful of cyclists on the road as you enter the
grounds as riders will be on the road from 07:15.
Link to online map and GPX files
Link to online map and GPX files
The routes for both distances can be viewed on the Bucks 100 website which links through to the Map
My Tracks website where you can opt to join the event and track your ride using your mobile phone.
Map my Tracks also allows you to upload your ride from your GPS unit to compare with other
participants. You are also able to download GPX files from the Action 100 website or Map My Tracks,
links are provided on both.
The RIDE100 Series is supported by
Our nutrition partner
Thanks to all of the following
Additional mechanical support provided by
Action Medical Research, Vincent House, North Parade, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2DP
Signage around the route is bespoke and can only be used one way to direct you.
Note that the ‘Action’ button will always be in the bottom right hand corner.
The route split will look like this: follow yellow signs for 100-mile route and blue for 100km
option. The route splits at 52.53-miles on B4032 near Mursley soon after lunch. 100km
riders will turn off left towards Swanbourne on the B4032; 100-mile riders will continue
straight on towards Mursley.
After the route split the blue signs revert back to yellow after a short distance on the
100km. The blue signs are only used to highlight the split.
All turns are clearly signed; do not turn off the road unless directed to do so by route
signage. The maximum distance you will ride without seeing a sign is two miles.
Cut off time at the route split is 13:50. Riders arriving at the split after this time will only
have the 100km option available to them.
Well done!! Thank you for supporting Action Medical Research and we look forward to seeing you at
Waddesdon Manor on Sunday 16 September.