Riding the course: The Half Bimble, Full Bimble and Double Bimble are predominately off-road courses that are both challenging and rewarding. As the courses are along public Bridleways and across open countryside, you are likely to be sharing the paths with walkers, runners, other cyclists and livestock. Please treat everyone and everything with the utmost respect. All gates must be closed behind you, even if they were open when you got there.
The courses include grass, stony surfaces and dirt tracks that are in places uneven. There are barbed wire fencing, stiles and predominantly clay soil. This means that it can be extremely muddy and slippery in damp weather. Most of the courses’ are off-road with only the last mile being on normal roads (normal road riding risks apply). The road around Corfe can be very busy!
No-one can predict what the weather will be like on the day so please ensure that you adequately prepared for blazing heat, freezing cold and rain!
All the Bimbles cross a golf course and you MUST give way to those playing!
All the Bimbles also cross National trust land in an area of great national importance. The National Trust is a UK conservation charity, protecting some of the most important spaces and places in the UK and then opening them up for ever, for everyone.
When you ride the Bimbles it is essential to keep to the marked course to prevent damage to the special flora and fauna of this unique area.
For more information please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/purbeck
LOOK AT THE SIGNS, LISTEN TO THE MARSHALS, DO WHAT THEY SAY.
Water Stations: There will be 2-3 water stops depending on which route you are doing. It is advisable to ride with either a refillable bottle or a camelbak type carrier. 500ml water bottles will be available at the start as well. Please ensure you dispose of these bottles at the next water station and not on the routes! Please remember to dispose of all litter responsibly and not across the countryside. Our ability to run these events relies upon the responsible behaviour of our participants.
First-aid: will be available at regular points throughout the courses and we also have a 4x4 ambulance on standby in the area. If you are injured or in trouble please let a marshal know as soon as possible. Your first call in an emergency is 999. The marshals will be able to help to get you transported to a first-aid point (you may have to wait). Please also report any injuries to a first aider in the finish zone as this will help us to plan for next year’s events. The remote nature of various stages means that Basic Life Support is available but access is not fast. Ensure you are fit to participate!
Dropping Out: A sweep will follow behind The Bimbles. If you are not meeting the pace you may be asked to drop out as the courses will close when the sweep has gone through each section.
IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE RIDE AT ANY POINT, FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER, YOU MUST INFORM A MARSHALL. TOO MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN RUINED BY SEARCHES FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE LEFT THE AREA WITHOUT INFORMING THE ORGANISERS!
iPods/MP3 Players: We would prefer you not to ride with these as they prevent you from hearing what is going on around you and instructions from marshals. If you must bring yours then please only ride with one earpiece in and remove both whenever you are on/near a road. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who doesn’t comply with this.