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Where will you turn around? Ride your own route within 4 hours or go 'bust', helping us to raise vital funds for our care.

About this Event

As we are not able to proceed with the traditional Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge, the Manorlands cycling events group have changed it to something that can be done virtually during the the same weekend and up to the end of October.

4 Hours or Bust can also be tackled by cyclists on road bikes and those on e-bikes.

If you have already registered for the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge we'll be in touch regarding what your options are following the changes to the event to make it virtual.

How 4 Hours or Bust works

For those that just want to enjoy a fun ride for a great cause and claim their 4 Hours or Bust medal, pick any route and enjoy, just be back at the start in four hours or less!

For those who want to compare their results with others:

  • Choose an out and back route that would take you (or your team of 4) about four hours to ride.
  • Take part on the weekend of 18 - 20 September using Strava (or equivalent) to record your journey.
  • Consider tactics such as start time, traffic, team mates ability, wind direction.
  • Set off from the start point knowing that you must be back at that start point within 4 hours.
  • Ride as far as you can, you decide where to turn around.
  • If you are not back at the start in 4 hours your effort will be recorded as 'Bust' and your distance will not be recorded on the results page (though you will still receive your 4 Hours or Bust medal).
  • Send in your results, did you Bust? If not, what was your distance and elevation? This is so that we can crown a distance Prince and Princess and a King and Queen of the Mountains.
  • During the weekend results will be updated on an 'Off road' and an 'on Road' leaderboard with e-bikes marked with an asterisk.
  • There are prizes to be won, too, provided by our sponsor All Terrain Cycles. You can see more in our FAQs.

You can view our Frequently Asked Questions and terms and conditions below.

Main Sponsors

4 Hours or Bust is sponsored by our friends at All Terrain Cycles.

FAQs

When can I do 4 Hours or Bust?

You can take part in 4 hours or bust at any time between 00:01hrs on Friday 18 September and midnight on 31 October. Please note that you should start no later than 20:00hrs on the 31st in order to finish before midnight. We advise that rides should be done in daylight hours especially by riders not experienced at riding in dusk or dark conditions.

Where can I do 4 Hours or Bust?

Anywhere you like in the world. That’s the great thing about this being a virtual ride. For our virtual run the Solstice Saunter in June people took part from all over the world and we are hoping you’ll be inviting your cycling buddies fast or slow to join you for this event wherever they live.

Who can I do 4 Hours or Bust with?

In one sense you are taking part with everyone else who signs up and rides on that weekend. But in terms of real life you can take part on your own or in socially distanced groups of up to 6 riders. If you are taking part as a ‘team’ of 4 then obviously you’ll need to do it as a socially distanced group of 4.

What kind of bike can I do 4 Hours or Bust on?

The event has been made so that people could take part on any type of bike. On the entry form you will find questions asking you what type of terrain you will be riding on, off road or on road and whether or not your bike is an ebike. For those who are competitive they can send in their results and we will have 4 results tables so that all will feature on one of the results tables.

How do I choose my route if we are not competitive?

Just get out and ride and enjoy yourself, if 4 hours is too long a ride for you then feel free to choose a route where you can stop for a rest, a bite to eat or even a snooze! You are fine to choose a circular route if that suits you best. Remember the idea is to do as much as you can but be back at the start before 4 hours has passed so if you come back in 2 hours that’s a success as you haven’t bust! You don’t have to send in your distances or elevation gain, but you can if you want to, you will receive your medal anyway!

How to choose my route if we are competitive?

If you want to compete with the other riders that are taking it a bit more seriously then we ask you to choose an out and back route. The reason for this is it adds a physiological quandary in terms of where you decide to turn around and head back. Also a linear out and back route prevents people from adding a bit of route on at the end to add extra distance if they have not used their time up. As part of the adjudication of the event the route of the top few riders in each league table will be checked using Strava (or equivalent) to make sure that their route was out and back.

So now that we’ve established it needs to be an out and back linear route for competitive riders, here are some of the tactics you might want to consider when choosing your route.

Topography - A flat route should help your distance or will you go for a more hilly option to be crowned the King of the mountain?.

Ground conditions - If you are doing the off road ride can you find somewhere where the ground is drier to help you go that little bit further?

Wind direction – Find a spell in the event window when it is going to be calmest or choose a route where its wind behind on the way back to blow you to the finish line!

Other weather conditions – Can you avoid the showers and the heat of the day to try and get your optimum cycling conditions?

Traffic congestion – can you try and time your ride so you won’t be held up by too much traffic? Can you find a route with less sets of traffic lights, level crossings, canal locks and farmers gates to hold you up?

Where should you turn around? You don’t want to be left with spare time at the end but equally don’t bite off more than you can chew. Dare you go that extra mile?

Can I take part if I don’t have Strava?

Yes you can still take part, but if someone were to question your result and you didn’t have the Strava result to back it up we would not be able to send your prize if you had won one.

How do I get my medal?

Everyone who signs up will receive one of the 4 Hours or Bust medals. These will be posted out to you in the week following the event.

Are there prizes to be won?

Yes, our sponsor, All Terrain Cycles, has kindly put forward some prizes for those who excel at 4 hours or Bust without busting. Categories and prizes are as follows:

  • Off road male most distance £50 ATC voucher
  • Off road lady most distance £50 ATC voucher
  • On road male most distance £50 ATC voucher
  • On road lady most distance £50 ATC voucher
  • Highest fundraiser £50 ATC voucher.

Where the winner is part of a team of 4 they may decide to share their prize with their team.

There will also be some small prizes for the King and Queen of the Mountains (the highest cumulative climb during their 4 hours) for both on and off road and a prize for the person who takes the best photo on the route and posts it on our Ride for Manorlands Facebook page.

Results

It is the participant’s responsibility to send in their results in the way that is requested by Sue Ryder. Failure to do so could result in that participants result not being listed. Instructions on how to register your result will be sent to those who have registered in due course. The Manorlands cycling support group will endeavour to keep results tables updated throughout the event period for people to view. Those with competitive results may be asked to provide a link to their Strava (or equivalent) ride as evidence.

Results for teams

For team results all 4 members of the team must finish within 4 hours. If just 1 member busts the whole team busts. Where a team does not bust, the distance of the team member who does the least distance will be the team distance result. The elevation of the team member who does the least elevation will be the team’s elevation result. It is therefore in a team’s interest to work together. Individual members of the team will have their results listed in the individual leader boards should they send them in.

Photos

We’d love to share the views that you come across whilst on your 4 hours or bust ride.

Terms and Conditions

Registration - Every participant must fill in their own registration form unless:

• The person completing the form is doing so as the parent or guardian of a participant aged under 18 in which case the parent or guardian must inform the participant that they have signed the terms and conditions on their behalf and that their participation in the event will be governed by these terms.

• The person completing the form is doing so as the leader of a corporate team. It is the duty of the corporate team leader to notify the other team members of these terms and conditions and that the leader has signed them on behalf of the own team. The team leader must further ensure that all team members agree and accept that their participation in the event is governed by these terms and conditions. Any team member who does not so accept these terms should be withdrawn from the event.

• The person completing the form has or reasonably believes that they have the participant’s consent to their doing so on the participant’s behalf. The person completing the form must make the participant aware of these terms and conditions in good time before the event. In the event that the participant does not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions they should withdraw from the event. Participation in the event shall be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions by the participant.

Time – Participants are asked to complete their 4 Hour or Bust ride at any time between Friday 18 September and Saturday 31 October inclusive.

Refunds - The entry fee for the 4 hour or Bust ride is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Publicity - By participating, participants agree to take part in post-event publicity which may include interviews, photography and/or filming for Sue Ryder internal communications, local and/or national media.

Contact details - Participants are personally responsible for updating the organisers with any new address and telephone details.

Health and Fitness -The event has been designed as a low risk event for the averagely-fit person. All participants should satisfy themselves that they are in good health and physically able to participate in the 4 Hour or Bust. If in doubt, participants should consult a GP or hospital doctor prior to the event.

Equipment

It is the responsibility of each rider to make sure that they wear a helmet, that their bike is in a safe and legal condition to take part and that they dress suitably for the challenge and the weather conditions.

Behaviour on the ride

We ask that participants abide by the rules of the Highway Code and generally take care of their own safety and that of other road users/pedestrians whilst taking part in the event. We also recommend that participants refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol during their 4 Hours or Bust ride.

Results

It is the participant’s responsibility to send in their results in the way that is requested by Sue Ryder. Failure to do so could result in that participants result not being listed and them not receiving their 4 hours or Bust medal. The Manorlands cycling support group will endeavour to keep results tables updated throughout the weekend for people to view. Those with competitive results may be asked to provide a link to their Strava ride as evidence.

Results for teams

For team results all 4 members of the team must finish within 4 hours. If just 1 member busts the whole team busts. Where a team does not bust, the distance of the team member who does the least distance will be the team distance result. The elevation of the team member who does the least elevation will be the team’s elevation result. It is therefore in a team’s interest to work together. Individual members of the team will have their results listed in the individual leader boards should they send them in.

Medal distribution

Participants should notify organisers that they have taken part in order to receive their medal. This process of notification will be through the results procedure, or by email. Participants should allow a week for their medal to arrive. If the event is oversubscribed then some participants may have to wait for the second shipment of medals to arrive with the organisers.

Liability - Neither Sue Ryder nor its sponsors accept responsibility for any loss or damage suffered by any participant personally to their property as a result of taking part in 4 hours or bust. Sue Ryder accepts no liability for any injury suffered by any participant in the event unless caused by Sue Ryder’ negligence. Your signature on the entry form or your clicking on the box in the on line entry conforms your acceptance of these conditions of entry.

Age - Anyone under 18yrs old must have their entry form signed by a parent/guardian and must abide the rules. It is each under 18 yr old's parents/guardians responsibility to ensure they or their children are suitability fit and healthy to take part in the event. Under 8s must be accompanied along the route by an adult at all times.

Sponsorship - The 4 Hours or Bust is an exclusive Sue Ryder fundraising event. Sponsorship monies raised may not be given to or shared with any other organisation. Participants are advised that they have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies and donations received for the 4 Hours or Bust are paid to Sue Ryder within a reasonable time.

Photos

We’d love to share the views that you come across whilst on your 4 hours or bust ride and this can be done on the Ride for Manorlands Facebook page.

Data Protection - Please be aware that by registering you authorise Sue Ryder to process your personal and sensitive data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 for the purposes of this event.

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