FAQ


CARTEN 100 CYCLE RIDE – FAQ

We do hope the following information may be helpful to you. If your queries are not answered within our FAQ then please get in touch.

Don’t miss the opportunity to download the CARTEN 2017 Route PDF  or use our May My Ride CARTEN 2017 (includes GPX file) before the big day!

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What do I need to know before attempting the CARTEN100 cycle?

Riders are usually of mixed ability and often new to this type of distance, so we encourage everyone to do some training for a few weeks prior to the ride to prepare the legs and backside! Preparation of your bike is also essential as punctures and mechanical failures tend to happen to the bikes which have not been in use for a while. If you do come across any problem stopping you completing the ride, the support vehicles will do whatever they can to help you to finish.

Why the name - CARTEN100?

CARdiff to TENby is 100 miles so CARTEN100.

How do I enter?

You can register with CARTEN100 to receive our newsletters and post comments on our website. Each year we will first announce the opening date of the CARTEN100 Event Booking form via our newsletters although the Event Booking form will open in January each year. Please see the CARTEN2018 page for more details.

Where does the ride start?

We have arranged to start the event at one of the most iconic locations in Cardiff – CARTEN100 has certainly come of age with a new start at the City Hall in Cardiff! Riders will be started in blocks of about 50 from 7.30am, which will take about an hour to complete, so no hurry.

Where does the ride finish?

This year, the CARTEN100 will finish in Tenby’s Tudor Square in the heart of the town. The square will be closed to traffic and your friends and families will be able to cheer you in safely, before you all head down to the harbor to collect your finishers T-shirt and complimentary pasta meal. Tenby Lions will be your hosts in the CARTEN100 marquee on the harbor car park, with a full bar and BBQ available right next to the harbor beach. There will be bike racking available, so bring your bike lock and enjoy the rest!

What if I finish Earlier?

The finish will be open from 1.00pm, so if you arrive before then, well done, but the CARTEN100 is not a race and we don’t time riders, so enjoy your day and help support the riders coming in after you.

What happens later on?

Traditionally, riders disperse to their hotels, tents, caravans etc to shower and change then the town fills up with tired, contented, t-shirt wearing participants celebrating their achievements.

What is the route?

 Download the written CARTEN 2017 Route PDF  or use our May My Ride CARTEN 2017 page now which includes a GPX file for other devices such as Garmin. These will be updated shortly for CARTEN 2018.

How do I get home?

Assuming you don’t want to cycle, friends, spouses, parents or scrounge a lift wherever you can. Best option is to persuade your spouse that you are going for a night out in Tenby and you’ll be cycling. Might work!

Do you know of any accommodation?

  • – Fourcroft Hotel offering CARTEN100 Discount of 25% Off normal prices, Tenby, 01834 842886
  • – St. Oswalds Guest House, Picton Terrace, Tenby 01834 842130.
  • – Ashby House, Victoria Street, Tenby 01834 842867.
  • – South Cliffe Hotel, Victoria Street, Tenby 01834 842410.
  • – Kiln Park – 01834 844 121
  • There are many other opportunities for accomondation in Tenby!

What is essential to take on the ride?

Spare inner-tubes, a pump, suitable clothing for the conditions, high energy drinks and food. See Dr. Jon’s Essential Spares advice.

Who is the suitable ride for?

Everyone! We have had riders who haven’t seen their bike in years to seasoned club riders. The secret of success is always to do some training for a few weeks before the ride and essentially make sure your bike is fit too as equipment failure can be a cruel way to have to quit. Age and sex are not important, being use to your saddle is however!

Where does the money raised go?

All sponsorship raised by riders and from the shirt sponsorship goes direct to the nominated CARTEN100. Please see our charity page for more details.

How much is the entry fee?

Entry for new riders is £90.00 this includes a CARTEN Cycling Shirt which is obligatory for all riders, the entry fee, finishers polo shirt, refreshment stops and other benefits. The standard Carten 100 Cycling Shirt is Short Sleeved, long sleeved and wind Jackets are available as alternative options. Previous riders are members of the Carten Club and can use their shirts from previous years. Entry is then £55.00 only.

What happens on the day?

All riders will have already signed up to our Terms & Conditions via the online registration form and so no need to queue this year! There will be a free Cardiff to Tenby luggage service at the start – be sure to use your bike number tags provided in your CARTEN100 Riders Pack (this is posted to you ahead of the ride). There will be a number of drinks stops along the way with free energy food, water and energy drinks. This year we have swapped the CARTEN breakfast for a free pasta or burger meal at the finish in Tenby. The Riders Briefing sheet will provide full details of the drinks stops and suggested places to eat during the day.

What about insurance?

To ensure all riders and organisers are protected, we have registered with British Cycling. This gives access to Event Insurance protecting riders, stewards and organisers against any unforeseen circumstances. This cover is only 3rd Party, so please make sure you have sufficient cover of your own if you need it.

What shirt size do I need?

Shirt sizes are on the entry form and are a race fit. If you require a looser fit get one size larger.

Where can I get a sponsor form from and where do I send the money?

You can manage your donations online by visiting the official CARTEN100 JustGiving website. Please remember to click on the Gift Aid if appropriate as the fee to JustGiving is then taken from this contribution.

Alternatively, you may post donations directly to our chosen charity using our Cheque Return Form and official Sponsorship Form. Please visit our charity page for more details. We’ve even created a short guide to help you start your own sponsorship and get involved!

I want to stay in Tenby overnight, can I have some help with my luggage?

Your luggage can be transported to Tenby in the SOFA SOFA truck and collected at the finish, just ensure you attach the completed luggage label supplied in your entry pack with your name, ride number and mobile number. ALL LUGGAGE IS CARRIED AT YOUR RISK.

What happens if I need to withdraw/cancel?

If you do need to cancel then please let us know immediately as we can return your payments before 28th February 2016 less a 30% administration fee. We will not be able to return any payments for entrance fees or shirt orders after that date although any shirts ordered will still be sent to you. You would of course be required to return any charitable donations already collected!

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