Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Great Shakespeare Ride?

Sunday 28th July 2019.

How do I enter?

We will be accepting entries from early 2019 via the website. Online registration will close midnight on Wednesday 24th July 2019.  We will also accept entries on the day of the ride at Walton Hall Hotel and during the previous afternoon of Saturday 27th July, however there will be a small surcharge of £5.00 to cover our extra admin costs.

How much does entry cost?

  • Entry for the 100 Mile route is £40 (£35 in February only)
  • Entry for the 100 km route is £38 (£33 in February only)
  • Entry for the 50 km route is £35 (£30 in February only)

The entry fee includes refreshments at each food station along the route. Everyone will receive a medal at the finish.

There will be a food court with a range of food and drink options to buy.

Where does it start and at what time?

Ride Headquarters is at:
Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, Walton, Warwick, CV35 9HU.

The ride start times from the Hotel:

  • 100 miles: 8:30 am
  • 100Km:     9:00 am
  • 50km:        9:30 am

Do I have to register before the event?

Yes. Registration will be open from 7:00 am on Sunday 28th July at Walton Hall Hotel & Spa and will close half an hour before the start of the race you are registering for.

You will also be able to register from 12 noon – 4:00 pm on Saturday 27th July.

On the day entries will be available throughout these times for an additional £5 admin fee.

What distances are there and is there an age limit?

The 100 Mile route is open to cyclists over 16 years old on the day of the event.

The 100 km route is open to cyclists over 14 years old on the day of the event.

The 50 km route is open to cyclists over 14 years old on the day of the event.

Please note all those taking part who are under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Where can I park?

There is parking at Ride Headquarters the Walton Hall Hotel & Spa.

Parking will be open early (time to be confirmed) on the morning of the ride, and will be clearly signposted from the road in both directions. It will also be marshalled on your arrival to ensure everything is clear and parking is as easy as possible.

How are the routes signposted?

All 3 routes will be clearly marked with day-glo orange arrows showing the direction of travel. Signs will indicate when you are approaching a refreshment stop.

What should I bring on the day apart from bike and helmet?

All rides are recommended to carry a drink bottle, an energy bar or similar snacks, tools, 2 replacement inner tubes and suitable wet weather clothing. We also advise that riders carry ID and a small amount of money.

Are there  refreshments available on the route?

The organisers provide food and drinks at the designated feed stations along all 3 routes. These are very popular and all we ask is a donation for what you have. Just be mindful of the riders behind you, so only take what you need.

Do I have to get sponsorship?

We cannot expect all riders to obtain sponsorship and please rest assured all entrants will receive the same hospitality and fantastic features of The Great Shakespeare Ride.

However, the ride is in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice and we ask you to consider raising sponsorship to help fund the care and support given to patients and families affected by life limiting illness.

Click here to create your Just Giving page.

You can also purchase a bespoke event Cycle Jersey online for £35 by clicking here

Please see our sponsorship page  for more details or contact the Fundraising Team on 01789 266852.

How can I receive the latest news and information?

Contact us to sign up to our mailing list and receive regular updates about the event including when entries open and route information.

If you have any other questions please contact the Great Shakespeare Ride Team on 01789 266852 or gsr@theshakespearehospice.org.uk