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FAQ

1Will the salt water and sand destroy my bike?
The event will run at low tide, when the sea and all salt water will be around 1km offshore. Almost all the sandy sections used are very hard and fast, so we are sure it won't destroy your bike. We will also have bike washes on site, to give the option of cleaning your bike immediately afterwards. If you are not sure, ask anyone who has entered before!
2I've entered, but now I can't make it. Can I get a refund?
We are unable to refund entries, but we will allow transfer of names free of charge - all changes must be made 28 days prior to the event.
3Do I need a fat-bike?
Absolutely not, the majority of the sand is so hard and fast that you don't need a fatbike. In fact we think the course will be suitable for all off-road bikes, so if you want to bring a cyclocross bike, you are welcome to.
4Do I need a specialist beach racer bike?
No. This type of bike is very popular in the Dutch events. They are essentially a cross between a MTB and CX bike, using drop bars but wider, almost slick tyres. We strongly recommend a front tyre with tread. While it is a great setup (including Male Open Winners in every year to date), you certainly don't need one. Any MTB or even a cyclocross bike will do just fine!
5I'm over 40 and I think I can give the young ones a run for their money. What category should I enter?
Regardless of you're age (but assuming over 16) if you think you have a shot at the Open category win and the cash prize, consider entering the Open category. If you enter Veteran or Grand Veteran and win overall, you will only win the category prize.
6Will there be any races for Under 14's?
Yes! We have events for all ages up to Under 14's. From the Little Bikers Challenge for balance bikers moving up to U8, U10, U12 and U14 category events, all held on Saturday afternoon.
7Do I need a racing licence?
You don't need one to enter and the event will not have any British Cycling ranking points.
8Is there a cut-off time?
As we are governed by the tides, we will have to stop riders entering the beach as it nears high tide. All riders should have more than enough time to complete the event. No one will be allowed onto the beach after 3pm.
9Can we camp?
Yes, although for 2020 camping will change and there are a few options.

1 – Purchase a tent camping ticket as an additional extra with your entry for £15. This is per tent pitch, not person. It covers Friday to Sunday and also includes car parking over the weekend (more below). Basic facilities included such as water, portable toilets and showers. You will not be able to park next to your tent, but it will be within eyesight and no more than 100 metres away.

2 – Stay on-site at the Pembrey Country Park campsite. Options for tents, caravans and camper-vans with lots of electric hookups and excellent facilities. Booking is open from Wednesday December 18th and due to the event taking place within school holiday we strongly recommend booking early. The official on-site camping also includes a car vehicle pass for the duration of your stay.

3 – Pembrey caravan club site just outside the park gates.
10Are dogs allowed in the park and the beach?
Yes, dogs are allowed in all areas of the park or beach and its a fantastic place for walking. We ask anyone bringing a dog to ensure its kept under control at all times, especially when the race is in progress. Cefn Sidan is a blue flag beach, but the restrictions are only in place from May to September.
11Can I ride a tandem?
Yes, you may ride a tandem and the trails on the whole are quite suitable.

From 2020 we now have a "Tandem Category". You will need details of both riders. There needs to be a minimum of 3 tandems entered to be awarded a prize.