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  1. WHAT’S THE RIDE DATE?: Sunday 12 November 2017.
  2. WHAT ARE THE START & FINISH TIMES?:
    1. 8:30am – 2:30pm 6 Hour ride starts in waves
    2. 9:30am – 1:30pm 4 Hour ride starts in waves
    3. 10:30am – 12:30pm 2 Hour ride starts in waves
  3. WHAT RIDE CHOICES DO I HAVE?:
    1. 2 Hour ride: Up to 28km and 576m of climbing
    2. 4 Hour ride: Up to 57km and 1343m of climbing
    3. 6 Hour ride: Up to 94km and 2470m of climbing
  4. WHERE DO THE RIDES START & FINISH?:
    1. All starts and finishes will be at Uni SA’s Magill Campus, St Bernards Rd, Magill.
  5. WHERE DO THE RIDES GO & HOW HARD ARE THEY?
  6. See Maps & the Routes
  7. Ride for Pain routes involve some of Adelaide’s toughest climbs. Only about 65% of those who take on the 6 hour ride finish the whole route. The 2 hour and 4 hour rides are more gentle, but remember, this is all about your pain challenge.  Even those who have never ridden into the Hills can take on the challenge – you just need some training and preparation. We want you to come back next year and better yourself.
  8. Some of the better known climbs are:
    1. 2 Hour – Montacute, Marble Hill
    2. 4 Hour – Montacute, Marble Hill, Little Italy, Range Rd, Nicols, Deviation, The Ledge, Collins Hill, Pound Rd
    3. 6 Hour – Montacute, Corkscrew, Marble Hill, Little Italy, Range Rd, Nicols, Mt George (Heart Breaker), Spring Gully, Parish Hill, Deviation, Leslie Rd, Collins Hill, Pound Rd, Coach Rd (The Wall) and Woodland Way
  9. WILL THE ROUTES BE MARKED & COULD I GET LOST?
    1. Yes they will be marked but yes you could still get lost if you do not pay close attention
    2. You can see from the maps that the routes are complicated, even more so where they overlap each other.
    3. See Maps & the Routes for navigation tips
  10. WILL THE ROADS BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC?
    1. No
    2. Traffic will be stopped for groups of riders to start on St Bernards Rd, but after that you must comply with all road rules
  11. WHO CAN RIDE IN THIS EVENT? Anyone who can take on the following challenges (There are extra conditions for riders under 16 years old – see Rules below):
    1.  People in chronic pain face a mighty challenge and so will you. The routes are intentionally tough. If you do not have good fitness, the right gears on your bike and comfortable climbing technique, you will suffer.
    2. People in chronic pain need to rely on themselves to achieve their challenge and so will you. We are not going to pamper you until after you finish. We’ll provide water on the course but you will need to carry your own nutrition, spares and everything else.
    3. People in chronic pain need to be smart about their journey and so do you. We only want smart riders. This is not a race. Roads will not be closed. If you can’t share the road safely with other cyclists and road users, please don’t enter. What goes up must come down, so for every ascent there will be a descent. It’s pretty hard for riders to lose control on a climb, but if you ride beyond your ability on a descent, things can get pretty ugly very quickly
    4. People in chronic pain need to plan and learn new skills and so do you. You need to choose the maximum time you want to ride for, then plan your speed so you will be at the finish when your time is up. On the 4 hour and 6 hour rides, you might turn for home early, so a gps device or a smartphone will be very useful.
  12. WHAT IS THE “SHARE THE PAIN TEAM CHALLENGE”?
    1. This challenge is to encourage riders to share their Ride for Pain experience with others they know by forming a team of 4 or more and having the total metres they climb added to everyone else’s in the team to get a team total. Team members can enter any of the rides. The team with the most cumulative metres will be the Champion Team and will receive a special award.
    2. All teams of ten or more will receive a commemorative signing jersey for the boardroom, pool room, lounge room or foyer.
    3. To be eligible you need to do these things:
      1. Before ride day:
        1. Make sure you have a Strava username
        2. Make sure you join the ‘Ride for Pain’ club on Strava. To learn more about Strava clubs, click here
          1. Once you are logged into your Strava account, click on the magnifying glass at the top left and select ‘Clubs’
          2. Type in ‘Ride for Pain’
          3. Scroll to ‘Ride for Pain’ and click on the ‘Join club’ box
        3. Organise your team. You must have 4 or more riders, an agreed team name and an agreed Team Captain/Coordinator that everyone will use when they enter
        4. Enter online. Team name must be spelled & spaced EXACTLY the same as other members eg “RideforPain” is different to “rideforpain”, “Ride for Pain”, “Ride4Pain” etc
      2. On ride day:
        1. When you start, activate Strava on your phone so all your climbing metres are recorded
      3. After ride day:
        1. You will have 5 days to upload your Strava data and have your Team Captain/Coordinator notify organisers.
        2. We will then use all the data we have to announce the Champion Team soon after.
  13. HOW IS THIS EVENT DIFFERENT TO OTHERS?
    1. Our top priority is to give you a Top value for money experience, and by so doing, get you talking about the Ride for Pain, get you back next year, and get you helping us raise awareness of  the world’s most burdensome health issue – chronic pain. Together, we can take on this grand challenge, but we need your help!  We want the Ride for Pain to become known as one of the toughest cycling challenges in the country. We want people to get into our glorious Adelaide Hills and realise that we have what the rest of the cycling world calls ‘a cyclist’s paradise’ right here on our doorstep.
    2. Have you seen the routes? The Ride for Pain is set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, famous amongst cyclists the world over. There are not many places on earth you can ride almost 3000m of climbing so close to the CBD.
    3. Have you read 8 & 9 above?
    4. See 15 below
    5. You go as far as you can in a set time, not as quickly as you can over a set distance. This new format is very popular – riders say they love it! The three options are 2 hours, 4 hours or 6 hours.  You take on as much as you can in the time – you take on your pain challenge – and abandon the course wherever you are, to get back to the finish on time.
    6. When you finish you can tell us the number of climbs you conquered. Your achievement will be recorded for posterity on the Ride for Pain Honour Role.
    7. We want you to help us show that cyclists are courteous road users. Officials will patrol the course and note any riders they see demonstrating courteous behaviour. These riders will be eligible to win special awards.
  14. I KNOW HOW TO RIDE SAFELY BUT WHAT ELSE SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?
    1. The 6 Hour Ride has some u-turns eg the bottom of Corkscrew. Please slow right down and stop if you have to to check that you can turn safely. Do not turn unless the road is clear in all directions
  15. THIS ALL SOUNDS PRETTY EASY, EVEN THE 6 HOUR. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE?
    1. Yes, the True King (TKOM) and Queen (TQOM) of the Mountain, the Age and Weight Adjusted Time Trial on Coach Road which you will hit at 77km into the 6 Hour Ride
    2. To participate, you will need to do these things:
      1. Before ride day:
        1. Make sure you have a Strava username
        2. Make sure you join the ‘Ride for Pain’ club on Strava. To learn more about Strava clubs, click here
          1. Once you are logged into your Strava account, click on the magnifying glass at the top left and select ‘Clubs’
          2. Type in ‘Ride for Pain’
          3. Scroll to ‘Ride for Pain’ and click on the ‘Join club’ box
      2. On ride day:
        1. Make sure you make it around the full 6 Hour Ride course to the TKOM & TQOM Base Camp by 1:00pm
        2. To get to the Base Camp, after coming over the little kicker on Connell Road/The Parade, (from Magill Road), the Base Camp will be on the left on the eastern corner of Coach Road and The Parade, alongside Hermitage Road. There will be PainAdelaide staff on hand to weigh you, record your Ride Number, your Strava Username, your weight and your date of birth.
        3. If you have not already activated Strava on your phone, do it at that time.
        4. You are then ready to set off up Coach Road. The start and finish of the TKOM/TQOM will be clearly marked.
      3. After ride day:
        1. You will have 5 days to upload your Strava data.
        2. We will then use all the data we have to create an equation that adjusts your time according to your age and weight and we will announce the TKOM and TQOM soon after.
  16. WHAT IF I NEED HELP DURING THE RIDE?
    1. Ask fellow riders.
    2. Phone the ride managers.

 Instructions

2016 Ride for Pain Ride Guide 2017 Ride Guide to be provided 1 week before the event.

Rules (more information to be provided asap)

  1. Riders under 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, and parents will be asked to sign off on this as a condition of entry
  2. Minimum age of 14 years (as on the day of the ride) applies to all the rides.
  3. The courses will be closed once their times have elapsed. You need to plan to reach the finish by the end of your ride time, so depending on where you are you may need to allow up to one hour to get back.
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