Rider Info

The Doddie’5 Classic and Doddie’5 Challenge routes both start and finish at Melrose Rugby Football Club, with water stops and clear signage along the way.

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Location

Melrose RFC, The Greenyards, TD6 9SA

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Parking

Car parking will be available on the Annay Road which can be accessed via Newstead. Riders can then cycle to the start through the one way system in Melrose which will be clearly marked with a black arrow on a yellow background.

Alternatively, parking will be available at the Tweedbank Industrial estate or Tweedbank Station. Riders cycle to the start along the Waverley Road.

Parking map 1  Parking map 2

Timings

7.30am:  Doddie’5 Classic check-in opens. 
8.15-9.30am: Doddie’5 Classic riders register at check-in and will be directed to the start where groups of 20-30 will be briefed and depart. Groups will depart at 2-3 minute intervals.
10.15am: Doddie’5 Challenge check-in opens.
11.00am: Doddie’5 Challenge riders register at check-in and will be directed to the start where you will be briefed and depart.
12.30pm: Riders will start to return to Melrose RFC.
1.00pm: Relax at the Event Village with some post-ride food and a drink.
5.30pm: Close and depart.

Rider numbers

All riders will be allocated a rider number which identifies you to the registration details held in Event Control. This number also has printed on it Event Control medical and mechanical numbers. The numbers will also be used by www.sportivephoto.com who will provide photos of you on the road to be purchased on their website. We also request that you carry a card detailing any medical issues that our medical team or the emergency services should be aware of.

Check in

The rider sign on sheet will be organised in alphabetical order by surname. Please follow the signs directing you to your surname sheet. Early check-in is available from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on the evening of Saturday 11th August. Check-in will open at 7.30am on Sunday 12th August. If you know someone who will be registering on the day please note that we will be accepting cash only. You will be asked to show your rider confirmation email as proof of entry.

Facilities at check-in

We plan for there to be teas and coffees available in the start area on Sunday morning on a pay as you go basis. Mechanics from Team Cycles will be on hand for any last minute bike adjustments. It is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is roadworthy. There will also be a bag drop area for those riders wanting to leave a bag during the event. There are toilet facilities at the start area both at the Event Village and also in the Melrose RFC.

GPX and TCX files

GPX and TCX files will be available to download from this brochure which will be updated one week before the event. The support team will be marking the route on Saturday 11th August and adjustments to the route may be required. The Ride Director will advise of any changes to routes at the ride briefing immediately before you set off.

Rider safety and etiquette

Please remember that Doddie’5 Ride is a sportive/fun ride and as such is in no way competitive. Riders should ensure they obey the Highway Code at all times and ride in a safe and responsible manner at all times and be aware of other cyclists passing. You must wear a hard shell helmet and will not be permitted to ride without one.

Toilets

There are toilet facilities at all feed/water stations. Please be sensitive to residents and other road users if you are caught short along the way and either bin or bring back any litter.

Riding with children

Please ensure that you have returned a parental consent form to us if you are riding with a child.

Route signage

The route will be marked throughout with white arrows on red backgrounds, before, on and after all significant junctions. Caution signs are placed where cyclists should be extra vigilant. Particular points on the route, e.g. feed stations, will have signs with black writing on a yellow background. The route from the car park to the start will be marked with black arrows on a yellow background. An example of each of these signs is below.

Signs on route:

Doddie'5 Ride signs on route

Signs from car park to start:

Doddie'5 Ride signs from car park to start

In the event of you becoming aware that signage has disappeared or been changed, we ask that you inform Event Control at the earliest opportunity using the telephone number on your ride number.

Feed stations

Doddie’5 Classic
There will be one Water Stop station on the Doddie’5 Classic after 18 miles at Kelso RFC, followed by a Lunch Stop after 30 miles at Jedforest where there will be a range of food and energy drinks. There will be another Water Stop after 43 miles at Hawick RFC.

Doddie’5 Challenge
There will be one water station along the route but we suggest the riders take sufficient water with them for the 11 mile cycle. We would emphasise that riders should bring supplies with them for their ride. If you have personal dietary needs or food intolerances including the need for specific hydration or energy products, then please carry these with you.

Doddie'5 Ride water/feed station

Rider support

We will have support vehicles out on the course but riders are expected to be self-sufficient. We recommend carrying two spare inner tubes, a pump and any necessary tools with you. You should also carry some cash, a form of ID, a mobile phone and your usual brand of energy products.

By signing our terms and conditions and entering the ride, all riders must have:

  • Personal identification
  • Emergency contact (name and phone number)
  • Helmet
  • Mobile phone
  • Money/bank card
  • Water bottle (full) x 2 if hot weather forecast
  • Puncture repair kit plus pump and tyre levers
  • Snacks and energy products
  • Sun cream
  • Waterproof jacket

Medical cover

There will be contracted first aid support in vehicles around the route and at the venue who, for minor/non-emergency issues, will be contactable via Event Control. A separate medical number exists and is printed on the rider number. Riders should always use their common sense and contact the emergency services where necessary but also inform the race organisers (using the Event Control number shown on the rider number) of any major incident.

Emergencies and communications

Details of what to do in case of an emergency will be covered in the brief at the ride start and are summarised on the rider map. Please be aware that areas on the routes may be out of mobile phone signal. Riders are asked to look out for each other and report any accidents or mechanical problems to Event Control, the support vehicles or the event team at the feed stations.

Insurance

Doddie’5 Ride is a registered event with Scottish Cycling and, as such, is provided with cover under Scottish Cycling’s public liability insurance policy, limited to £10,000,000 for legal liabilities arising from claims made against an event organiser, official or participant that involves either bodily injury or property damage to a third party. We recommend all riders to have their own personal cover.

Broom wagon

A dedicated vehicle will follow all riders on the routes and pick up anyone who has had to withdraw from the event for whatever reason. The support team will endeavour to pick up any rider as quickly as possible. We will start to clear the course from mid-afternoon and would expect to have all riders home by 4.00pm. If the broom wagon finds you out on the course while clearing you will have the option of taking a lift or carrying on without route markers. If you abandon before the finish or anticipate arriving after 5.00pm please ensure you call Event Control to notify them.

Finish area

As you finish the event you will receive a finisher’s medal. You can then relax and enjoy the Event Village. There will be a bar and food available for purchase after your ride.

Charities

Remember this event is to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Please raise as much as you can for Doddie’s charity.

We look forward to seeing you in Melrose!

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