Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we’ve put together the answers to some questions you may be thinking about before entering.
We plan to make changes to the event to meet government and event guidance, but which will continue to keep the fantastic spirit of the Puffer.
We will continue to add to these FAQs prior to the event so check in from time to time, as well as the standard FAQs (below) for the event.
It’s a moveable feast so we will of course make changes as required given government guidance at the time of the event around physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene etc.
Are the numbers able to enter still around 1000 in 2021?
We have decided to reduce entries to 750 in total this year to allow everyone a bit more space, on the course and on the event site.
Will registration still take place on site?
We are looking into alternative options but plan to still hold registration on the weekend of the event
Will there be a schools category?
We have decided that in 2021 we will not run a schools category, however we want to continue to support school aged riders, so if any school aged pairs or quads are riding as a team, then we will charge the reduced price of £30 per rider.
Will there be any changes made to the course?
No the course will remain the same as last year
Parking on Site
Will we still be allowed 1 vehicle per rider on site?
Yes you will
Will this still happen before the start of the race?
We will still provide you a pre-race briefing, however we may do this in written form at registration.
Will the start still be Le Mans style?
This would be our preferred option, but we will need to make any adjustments that are required given advice in January to protect you all.
Will the timing system be the same as usual with timing dibbers?
We will use timing dibbers but are exploring increased use of passive dibbing and also the ability to self-dib.
Catering and Bars
Will there be catering and drinks available on site?
Yes we will be working with our usual partners to provide food and drink on site
Will spectators be allowed at the event?
We are likely to reduce significantly the number of spectators who are able to attend the event, with the exception of your support crew.
Will we have to wear them at the event?
We anticipate that there will be times when face coverings are required, but this will not include when you are riding. We would expect all riders to carry one on their person in the event it may be required
Will prize giving still happen on site after the event?
Yes we intend to keep this but it may look a bit different
Refund Policy (where you decide to cancel)
For 2021, we have made a few changes:
For cancellations until 30th September we will charge you an admin fee of £12
Cancellations between 1st October and 31st October will receive a 50% refund
No refunds will be given after 1st November, with the exception of competitors who have to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
Changes in personnel are available up to the start
Cancellation Policy (where we decide to cancel)
We hope that we don’t have to, but in the event that we have to cancel the race due to COVID-19, we will offer you the option of a full refund, or a transfer and guaranteed place in 2022.
If we have to cancel the event for any other circumstances outwith our control (we’re talking high winds and falling trees for example), we will refund 25% of your entry fee and offer a guaranteed place in 2022.