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 30th May 2019 at 8pm.  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 plus point for 2020 is that we’ll be based on the campsite.  Sleep in your car, a tent, van, horse box or whatever you like and it’s all included in the price.  You can optionally purchase extras such as electric hookup or you’re equally welcome to use generators (the quieter the better).

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?

The course needs to be agreed a month before the event.  We leave it until then to allow for all the scheduled forestry work to take place that can alter things.  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?

Ideally one vehicle per team but since we have a whole campsite to play with you now have more options.  We’ll want one main vehicle on the track side and extra vehicles to be parked slightly further away.  Motorhomes, caravans, tents, campers etc all equally welcome.

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, we’re looking to have some catering options.  The lovely cafe at Kielder Castle will be open from 8am until 8pm.  The pub at the end of the site will be open late all 3 nights serving food and liquid refreshments.

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.