FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 



Who participates?

I've never done a bike tour before. How can I be sure that I can even do it?

Can my friends and family come along with me during the tour?

What if I cannot complete the Jamaica Reggae Ride?

What type of bike should I use?

Will I be able to ride my mountain bike?

What equipment do I need to bring with me?

Will the tour involve a lot of hill climbing?

Is this a tour or a race?

Does everyone really ride together?

Do I have to stay in one of the host hotels?

Can someone help me set up my bike?









Who participates?

Riders 18 years and older of all occupations and athletic ability.

I've never done a bike tour before. How can I be sure that I can even do it?

Yes, you can! The program is customized for individuals of all fitness levels, even for people who have never participated in and/or completed a bike tour. Jamaica reggae ride is manageable for the average cyclist. As a general rule, if you can complete 50 miles in under four hours, including rest stops, you are ready for this ride. If you are not yet at this level, but still want to come along and do as much as you can, you are most certainly welcome. Our team will encourage and motivate you and if it gets too difficult, there is always a sag wagon so you can take a break.

Where can my friends and family come along with me during the tour?

You are more than welcome to invite any family members, friends, etc. to the starting line to send you off and to the finish line to welcome you back and celebrate your outstanding achievement. We however do not allow other persons to ride along with the group, if they are not registered participants of the event. Your friends and family are invited to book our special companion packages.

What if I cannot complete the Jamaica Reggae Ride?

If it's a matter of not being able to participate in the bike tour due to injury, etc. we always need volunteers with cheering and support at the finish lines. If it's a matter of not being able to complete the tour, remember that the Jamaica Reggae Ride is a fun, recreational event. It is not a race. You can cycle at your own pace and if you get tired, take a rest in one of the SAG vans monitoring the route at all times.

What type of bike should I use?

It's not so much the type of bike that is important but rather that the bike you choose fits you correctly. To ride your best, it is essential that your bike fits you as perfectly as possible. The key is to fit your bike to your body rather than force your body to conform to the bike. If you are unsure, take your bike to your local bike store to ensure a proper fit.

We recommend that the average rider installs a triple crank resulting in 18 to 24 gears. This provides the low gearing necessary for a seated cyclist to climb hills while maintaining 90 revolutions per minute – the ideal cadence for energy efficient riding. It is also important to note that stress-related knee injuries have been reduced with the invention of the triple crank. If you don't like it, you can always remove it after the tour. Otherwise a compact crank might also be a good consideration.

Will I be able to ride my mountain bike?

Absolutely, but like any other type of bike, there are pros and cons for doing so. Whereas mountain bikes provide for a more upright riding position, shock absorbers and flat resistant tires, their wide, deeply grooved tires make for slower and tougher pedaling on pavement. This tour is geared for road cycling and the majority of our participants bring road bikes.

What equipment do I need to bring with me?

Apart from your bike, you will need to bring all the clothes you will need during the length of your ride. All your gear, , should fit into one bag measuring approx 15x15x36, or two medium bags. Your space aboard the gear trucks is limited, so use it wisely. Also remember, even though the gear truck will haul your gear from one location to another, you will have to haul it from the truck to your room and back each day.

Will the tour have a lot of hill climbs?

Part of what the Jamaica Reggae Ride offers you is the chance to cycle through some of the most spectacular countryside of the island of Jamaica. Some of this terrain will contain hills, some more challenging than others. However, these particular challenges are a key element of your training schedule. Follow that, and you will find yourself quite capable of negotiating them. You may even find yourself looking forward to them!  Please remember that this is a fully supported ride: no one gets left behind and slower cyclists who find a hill too challenging, can enjoy a gentle push from our support guides or always join the support vehicles and meet us at the top!

Is this a tour or a race?

The Jamaica Reggae Ride is a recreational tour and is non competitive. Sure there will be chances to challenge yourself and test your strength against other participants, but there are no timing devices used and no prizes awarded for finishing in a certain amount of time. All cyclists who finish the Jamaica Reggae Ride, will receive a finisher’s certificate.

Does everyone really ride together?

Yes we have different groups, to accommodate different anticipated speeds, but each group does stay together. Of course sometimes they are gaps between riders, especially in the elite groups as we try to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get the maximum from their ride. Since we will be holding back traffic at major intersections, riding together at those points ensures that the police can effectively escort the group though the city (This is particularly for the few miles through the city of Montego Bay). Roads are BLOCKED for us!

If we find that someone cannot keep up, or a particular group, we may elect to create a third or fourth group or we could pick up a tired cyclists and transport them to catch up with the group. Be assured that we will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Do I have to stay in one of the hotels included in the package?

While you do not have to stay at one of the hotels included in the website, you will find that it is certainly in your best interest to do so. Luggage pick-up and drop-off will only take place at these hotels and it is a great opportunity for networking with other cyclists at the end of the ride.

Can anyone help me set up my bike?

Yes we provide this service for US$25 per bike for set up and US$35 for the pull down or purchase the combined package for $50! Please book it in advance as we can plan our mechanics times accordingly.






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Riding with you all around the beautiful scenic routes of Jamaica was such great fun.The unique adventure leaves me with lasting warm memories. Hope to do it again. Big thanks,

Sara Taukolonga, UK
The Jamaica Challenge Ride for MARIE CURIE Cancer Care Charity.
October 2010
staukolonga@aol.com


We had a blast on our bike trip!! You and your staff are dream weavers. Everything went very smoothly, and could not have asked for a better vacation. We would definitely be using your services again for any Jamaican vacations. So thank you again for everything.

Stephen
flindallstephen@hotmail.com
Quebec, Canada