Event Regulations

Age Limits

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 40 Miler 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.


No refunds are available.

You may not ride under someone else’s number under any circumstances. Failure to comply with this will result in disqualification.

Entries on the day are subject to availability.

If you cannot take part you may find another cyclist to take your place and the organisers will arrange the substitution at an admin fee of £5 payable to The Shakespeare Hospice. The original entrant will not be refunded his/her entry fee. We will not be accepting substitutions after the closing date or on the day of the ride.

Rider’s Number

Every rider will have a number issued at registration. This must be displayed throughout the route for identification.

Entry on the day

Entries on the day are subject to availability and will encounter a £5 administration fee.


A road bike is recommended for all routes.

Riders must ensure their bicycle is mechanically sound.

For the safety of your fellow cyclists, no bicycle, tandem or other machine, conventional or otherwise, is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars or cow bars. Neither are Spinachi type bars permitted. Failure to comply will result in exclusion.

Marshals / Signage

Along the whole of the route there will be a clear way-marked route with day-glo signage with a large black arrow showing the direction of travel.

  • 100 Mile route – orange
  • 100 KM route – orange
  • 40 Miler route – pink

Signs will also indicate when you are approaching a refreshment stop.

There will be marshals wearing fluorescent vests located regularly throughout the route and at every major junction. The marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists; they are there for the safety of yourself and other road users. Please listen to and obey their instructions.

Riders should be aware that The Great Shakespeare Ride is not a race and due care should be taken particularly when descending and on some of the more narrow and bumpier roads. Please be courteous to other road users and remember that the future of this event depends on the good nature of other people especially residents living along the route.

Safety on the road

You must obey all Highway Code Rules. You are requested to ride in single file where appropriate and no more than 2 abreast at any time. Please be aware of your fellow cyclists and other traffic. Please indicate your intention to stop or change direction. Please do not pass through any traffic lights on red! Cyclists found to be riding outside of the road rules will be subject to disqualification. For your own safety and that of other riders, please do not use your mobile phone while riding. You must stop at the side of the road if you need to make or receive a call.

The Great Shakespeare Ride organisation reserves the right to terminate an individual’s ride on health and safety grounds.

Event cancellation

The ride will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of safety. Entry fees, however, are not refundable.

Helmets / Clothing

Safety-approved cycling helmets are compulsory. We recommend cycle helmets complying with ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards. Any rider not wearing a helmet whilst participating in the event will be excluded.

Cycling shoes, shorts and jerseys are also recommended.

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

Food / drink

Organisers will endeavour to provide fluid and some form of food at designated feed stations,  however we cannot guarantee supplies will be available at all times and urge riders to only take what they need and be mindful of the needs of those following behind.

No participant may take food or drink from anyone whilst on the move. If you need food or drink, you must stop to receive it.


Mobile support vehicles in the form of cars or motorbikes are strictly forbidden and will lead to disqualification.

Support will be available throughout the route from The Great Shakespeare Ride Team.


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