Rules

The terms and conditions below apply to all riders participating in the Kentish Killer, which is organised and promoted by GS Avanti Cycling Club and insured through British Cycling.

Riders will only be permitted to participate in the event if they have indicated their acceptance of these terms and conditions whilst paying for the Kentish Killer at RiderHQ.com and/or at registration on the day of the event.

A failure to comply with these rules may:

(a)   invalidate the insurance protection available to each rider; and

(b)   entitle the organisers to withdraw a rider from the event.

Helmets

Riders must wear a cycling specific helmet during the Kentish Killer. This is a mandatory requirement and the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry or withdraw riders without a helmet.

Highway Code

Riders must ride in an orderly manner and in accordance with the Highway Code. In particular, riders should ensure they do not ride more than two abreast, single out on narrow roads and safely overtake riders on the right. Each rider shall extend all reasonable courtesy to other road users and participants.

Riders are fully responsible for their own actions during the Kentish Killer. This includes at event HQ and during the ride itself. The organisers accept no responsibility for the actions of the participant or the consequences of such actions.

The use of earphones (e.g. MP3, iPods) is prohibited during the ride.

Routes and riding

There will be warning signs and marshals at appropriate points on both routes. However, the riders agree that an absence of signs or marshals does not indicate there are no dangers or hazards approaching, nor does the marking of the routes indicate the roads are safe.

It is the responsibility of each rider to assess the hazards and make decisions accordingly, including whether to proceed on bike, foot or not at all. This is particularly important if there is heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions, for example, if certain parts of the route are prone to ice or flooding.

If a rider embarks upon a different route to avoid obstacles or sections they decide are beyond their capabilities, they do so entirely at their own risk.

The organisers reserve the right to vary the route if circumstances require.

Cut-off points

There will be two cut-off points on the route, where riders will be redirected:

Long route

  • 23 miles (Hale Oak Road / B2027 junction) – 11.45am
  • 55 miles (Chevening Road / Ovenden Road junction) – 3.15pm

Short route

  • 29 miles (Chevening Road / Ovenden Road junction) – 3.15pm

Bicycles and equipment

Riders confirm that the bicycle they are using for the event and all of their equipment is of a suitable standard and state of road worthiness. The rider will remain responsible for their own bike and equipment.

The use of triathlon handlebars or other time trial bar extensions is strictly prohibited. Riders will be asked to remove these parts, or be withdrawn from the event.

No racing

The Kentish Killer is not a race and the riders agree not to treat the event as a competition. The target times are provided for the purposes of personal challenge only. Finish times will not be published in time order and prizes will not be awarded on event placing.

For the avoidance of doubt, riders will not be permitted to have their own personal support car and any rider failing to observe this requirement will be withdrawn from the event.

Littering

Riders shall not drop litter on the route. Bins are provided at the event HQ, both feed stations and Ashdown forest, which must be used.

Toilet facilities

Toilets are available at the event HQ and at both feed stations. Riders are strictly prohibited from using non-designated toilet facilities (including the edge of the road). This is a common cause of complaint and the identity numbers of individuals violating this rule will be noted.

Rider health and ability

Each rider agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding the distance they have chosen and are aware of the associated medical risks of taking part in a challenging endurance event of this nature.

Riders agree to participate in the Kentish Killer entirely at their own risk and they must rely on their own ability and judgement when dealing with hazards.

Under 18s

All riders under the age of 18 must submit a consent form completed by their parent or legal guardian. Evidence of age may be requested by the organisers.

Riders under the age of 18 years will be allowed to participate in the event with the consent of their parent or legal guardian.

The parent or legal guardian of a rider under the age of 18 accepts responsibility for the actions and consequences of such actions.

Personal possessions

Each rider shall be responsible their personal possessions and bicycle for the duration event, including any items left at event HQ. The organisers accept no liability in respect of lost, stolen or damaged possessions.

Cancellation

Refunds (less transaction fees) are available up to 30 days before the Kentish Killer and can be requested by contacting the organisers.

The organisers may cancel the Kentish Killer due to circumstances beyond their control, including if the organisers or British Cycling (acting at their discretion) deem that the event is unsafe due to adverse weather conditions. In such circumstances, the riders will not be entitled to a refund and the organisers shall not be liable for any costs or payments made by the riders relating to travel or accommodation in conjunction with the cancelled event.

General

A person who is not party to these terms and conditions shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1998.

These terms and conditions and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them shall be governed by the law of England and Wales. The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction.