Frequently Asked Questions

Find out everything you need to know about the Cycle Southampton Sporterium taking place in 2020. The inaugural event is shaping up to be a great day to celebrate both the fantastic sport of Cycling and the beautiful city of Southampton.

If you have any more questions please get in touch using our contact form or email [email protected] 

What is a Sporterium?

A Sporterium is an event that comprises of both long distance Sportive and a City Center Criterium – and also might be a word we made up!

Volunteer FAQ’s

Q: Do you need volunteers?
A: YES – we will need volunteers to marshal the course. If you are interested please contact us on [email protected]

Q: Can I volunteer as a group?
A: Yes, we will need lots of volunteers and as such groups of marshals will be much appreciated.

Q: What volunteer roles are there?
A: Marshals are an extension of our core team, making sure the event runs safely whether on the sportive or criterium.

Q: How long will you need volunteers for?
A: This is an all day event so we will need lots of volunteers for a variety of times.

Q: Will volunteer groups be receiving donations?


General FAQ’s

Q: When is the event?
A: The 2020 Cycle Southampton Sporterium will take place on the 20th of June.

Q: Has this event ever happened before?
A: No, 2020 will be the first ever Cycle Southampton Sporterium – Come and be part of a historic event!

Q: Is my bike suitable?
A: Here are the technical specifications

Q: Who can take part in the Cycle Southampton Sporterium?
A: Anyone can take part in the races but some will require a British Cycling Membership.

Race Day Questions

Q: Where do I go on raceday?
A: On race day you will need to head

Q: What shall I wear?
A: Cycling gear such as shorts, t-shirt and shoes are recommended for all distances and helmets MUST be worn!

Q: What do I get for finishing?
A: We are working on getting something memorable and unique for our finishers – so keep an eye out for an announcement.

Q: Can I skip red-lights and stop signs?
A: No, you will need to obey the usual rules of the road for your own safety on the sportive as it will not be on closed roads.

Q: Do I need to wear a helmet?
A: Yes, our insurance requires that every participant wears a helmet and not having one will result in you not being able to participate.

Q: What is the route?
A: The route for each event is available on the page for each distance.

Q: Are there refreshments around the route?
A: There will be feed stations around the sportive route to keep your energy levels up.

Q: Are there toilets on the route?
A: There will be toilets in spin city and around the sportive route for you to use.

Q: Can I get to the race on public transport?
A: The race starts near to Southampton Central Train Station so if you are coming from further afield we recommend getting the train.

Q: Is there a bag drop area?
A: We will have a bag drop availible in Spin City.

Q: Will there be photographers?
A: Yes there will be at the finish line and you can buy your photos after.

Q: What can my family do while I cycle?
A: They can head into Southampton City Center and Spin City which will have some fantastic entertainment.



2020 Event Registration

Q: Can I sign up to the 2020 Cycle Southampton Sporterium?
A: Yes you can! Sign ups are now open for the 60KM / 100KM and the Criterium.

Q: When do registrations close?
A: Registrations will be closing closer to the event or when spaces sell out

Q: Where can I sign up?
A: The only way you can sign up to the 2020 Sporterium is through British Cycling

Q: Can I cycle for charity?
A: Yes, if you would like to ride for charity then you are more than welcome

Q: I’m injured what can I do?
A: You are unable to offer refunds but can defer up until closer to the race.

Q: Do I need to be a British Cycling Member to take part?
A: To take part in any of the Category Criterium races you must be a british cycling member with a race license but you can enter the Go Race events without this.

Q: I’ve signed up, what happens next?
A: You get out on your bike, start training, and we will see you on the 20th of June.