Kielder Chiller 24 | FAQ
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FAQs baby!

Got something on your mind?  Maybe this page can help.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes.  All participants must enter in advance using our online booking here.  Entries open 8pm Thursday 17th May.  Strictly no entries on the day.

Got any advice on 24 hour mountain biking?

Well actually we’re lucky enough to have one of the very best 24 hour mtb racers around in the north east.  He even came along and smashed the inaugural event.  Read Richard Rothwell’s tips here.

Accommodation – where can I stay?

A huge bonus for 2019 onwards is that you can stay in the car park where the event is held.  This has exactly the same facilities as the local campsite with a toilet block nearby (campsite facilities are closed due to pipes regularly freezing!).  There is a pay and display ticket and you are good to go.  Get set up Friday and have yourself a lovely lie in before the race.

Alternatively there are good local B&B’s, lodges and cottages to be had in and around Kielder.

Will we receive a map of the route?

A map of the course can be found here.  You will be sent the map as part of the information pack around 1 week prior to the event.  There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area.  The route will be well marked out so there is no need to carry a map.

Are there age limits for Participants?

Yes.  All riders must be 18 or over.

Do I need to be a pro?

As with every event we host we’ll try and make it as fun and open as possible.  If it’s your first time then we’ll be gentle, if you’re a regular then you’ll fit straight in.  Whatever your level, make sure you can handle the weather!

Can I bring my dog?

If you really want to then that’s fine but make sure it goes nowhere near the riders.  Tie it up behind or in your event vehicle.

What about vehicles?

One car per team is allowed out on the course.  You’ll get to park on a section of the forest track but make sure you are well across to the side – remember that you should try and leave enough space for an ambulance to get through.  Every vehicle other than the designated event vehicle will be placed in the alternative parking, details of which will be in the event info pack.  Due to the terrain of the route, only a small number of caravans/motorhomes will be allowed on the course route and these will be situated on the far side of the course.  Gazebos, small tents etc are fine.

What’s happening about timing?

Timing will be electronic so you can be sure it will be as accurate as possible.  We will try and update results online where possible – connections are not too hot in the wilds of Kielder!

What bike?

Anything you want, just don’t bring a road bike   Fat, thin, big, small – they are all welcome here.

Any food on site?

You must be providing your own food to get round the course.  However, the lovely cafe at Kielder Castle will be open from 8am until 8pm.  Mmmm.

Do I need a support team?

It is entirely up to you.  If you’re solo it’s great to have someone to motivate you and repair your bike but it’s not a must.  There are plenty of other people around to gee you up and lend a hand.  In terms of bike parts there is an on-site shop that will be open through the day and a mobile bike mechanic on site throughout the event.

What happens if I drop out?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits.  Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event.  If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint and let them know you are dropping out.  If you only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area.  If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt!

Where is transition?

Transition can be anywhere on the course so you don’t have to trek down to the event hq if you’re quite some distance away.  All you need to do is pass on the timing device to the next rider if you’re in teams.