Frequently Asked Questions

Find out everything you need to know about the 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] 

Criterium FAQ’S

Cooperate Criterium FAQ’S

Q: How many laps/time?

A: For the corporate Criterium it will be as many laps in 30 minutes as possible then after 30 minutes horns will go to signify 5 laps remaining and its a sprint to the finish!

Q: How many team members? min & max?
A: You can enter a Team from 2 up to 25 riders in one team
Q: Is it a relay-style or everyone in a team is riding the whole time?
A: Everyone rides at the same time, this way you work as a pack and a team like the professionals!
Q: Do all team members need a racing licence?
A: Not for the Corporate/Sports or Charity Events as they are for fun, but if you wish to enter Mens 3/4 or Elite 1/2/3/ you will need a BC licence.
Q: Do we all need a matching kit?
A: You don’t need matching kit, but would be cool if you are all kitted out the same for the photos!

Sportive FAQ’S

Q: How long is the Sportive

A: We have a 60km and a 100km Sportive

Q: Do I need my own bike?

A: Yes, you do need your own bike and we advise that you have it serviced.

Q: Is the route marshaled and signed?

A: Yes , The route will be fully signed and marshalled – so you will be guided round. But please make yourself familiar with the route beforehand.

Sporterium Questions

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

Q: How many events are there and what are they?
A: There are 3 events under our Sporterium page which provides all the information of our cycling events.


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 at [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?
A: Yes – Big groups of marshals will receive a donation!

General FAQ’s

Q: When is the event?
A: The 2020 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 Southampton Sporterium – Come and be part of a historic event!

Q: Is my bike suitable?
A: Any type of bike can take part! We do recommend a road bike however, but this is not a requirement.

Q: Who can take part in the Southampton Sporterium?
A: Anyone can take part in the races! But some will require a British Cycling Membership such as the evening Criterium races.

Race Day Questions

Q: Where do I go on race day?
A: On race day you will need to head to Southampton’s O2 Guildhall which will be the start and finish line for the races.

Q: What shall I wear?
A: Whatever you are comfortable in, provided it’s appropriate and safe for cycling; we do recommend padded shorts for the longer races. Enclosed shoes and helmets MUST be worn!

Q: What do I get for finishing?
A: Every participant the finishes the races will receive a medal. We wanted each participant to receive something memorable and unique for their achievement.

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! For your safety, it is required that every participant wears a helmet! Not having one will result in you not being able to participate.

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

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

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 start is in close proximity to Southampton Central Train Station. We recommend catching the train if you are coming from further afield. There are also bus stops a 2-minute walk away for anyone who catches a bus.

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 whilst I cycle?
A: They can head into Southampton City Centre and Spin City which will have some fantastic entertainment.



2020 Event Registration

Q: Can I sign up to the 2020 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! So sign up now so you don’t missing out!

Q: Is there a minimum age restriction?
A: You must be at least 16 on the day of the event to take part in the Sportive and riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Q: Where can I sign up?
A: You can sign up here for the Sportive races – Criterium sign up will open soon, however you can register your interest.

Q: Can I cycle for charity?
A: Yes, if you would like to ride for charity then you are more than welcome! Your charity can also get discounted places if they come to us directly at [email protected]

Q: I’m injured what can I do?
A: We are unable to offer refunds but can defer up until 7 weeks before race.

Q: Do I need to be a British Cycling Member to take part?
A: To take part in any of the Elite Category Criterium races you must be a British Cycling member with a race licence but you can enter the other categories and Sporitve without this.

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