We have put together the following frequently asked questions to provide you with all the answers you need.
There are a limited number of tickets for the bike show, along with a few eligibility rules to follow, please visit here for more details.
You have to pre-order tickets for the event online
You will be available throughout the afternoon – bikers in the show will not be able to leave before 4pm.
You agree to display your bike alongside others in the arena, and agree that you do so at your own risk. CTT and HTB take no liability for any loss or damage incurred during the show
You agree you may be photographed and used in social media and press advertising, by CTT and HTB
Without volunteers, the event wouldn’t go ahead, it’s as simple as that! In 2017 we had the pleasure of almost 50 volunteers helping us make the event the huge success it was. This year, we are on the lookout for more volunteers, to help the event run smoother, and reduce the pressure on existing volunteers. You can get in touch with us here if you would like to volunteer.
In 2017 the event cost over £12,000 to run. This covers the insurance, road closures, accredited marshals, security, site costs such as fencing, H&S requirements, toilets and many more costs. We always try to ensure these costs are covered, before any rider donations to make sure their donation goes directly to charity.
We ensure that the money raised by the bikers taking part goes to charity, organisational, legal and management costs are covered by stall holders, food traders and from donations and corporate sponsors. In 2017 we donated over £13,500 to charities, which was raised by bikers who took part.
Not at all, this is a great opportunity for you to show off your pride and joy to thousands of spectators and fellow riders.
We wanted to give all those who have taken part the chance to meet socially, in a safe environment to look at other bikes, speak to those who have taken part and to provide somewhere for those to have a chance to continue the afternoon, by listening to live entertainment, access to food and toilets, and a bar if you so wish. It’s a great social setting, and a natural end to the event, which does help raise more money for charity in the process. It also gives those attending the opportunity to talk to those charities who may have benefited from your charitable donation in previous years.
You are paying for your donation towards the ride, which goes to charity, the end venue has always been our way of saying thank you to all of those who have attended, entry to the end venue is free, so even if you chose not to attend this, by donating your money for the ride, you are ensuring that your money is going to charity.
There isn’t a financial benefit for Caldicot town team, being not for profit, legally we cannot make a profit on any event we host. Caldicot Town Team contribute to the event financially, (around £1,900 in 2017) This was to ensure the event was a great success, and as much money raised by participants went to charity. Caldicot town team held their own stall at the event, which promoted the work we do, and helped us reach out to some of the 6,800 bikers that took part in 2017.
Merchandise will not be available until the day of the event, (although we would recommend you pre-order to avoid disappointment) You can collect your merchandise from the HTB tent at the end venue. You will have the opportunity to buy stock from our website after the event, but this is limited to availability.
We have a wide range of charities and organisations that can apply for a donation, these include, but are not limited to, Charitable companies, clubs such as scouts, brownies, youth groups, unincorporated charities, PTA’s, sports clubs, mental health groups and more. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please get in touch with us.
Meningitis UK has been the main charity for the ride, from the very first year it started.
Caldicot Town Team host Hoggin The Bridge, Caldicot Town Team are a not for profit community interest company, run by volunteers, with the aims to improve the local area of Caldicot and make Caldicot a better place to work, live and play.
There are many reasons for this, some could be down to the organisational costs of holding an event at a venue, one reason could be down to the cost of the venue itself, (since leaving Chepstow town centre, HTB has always had venue costs) It could also be down to logistical issues of parking the increasing amount of bikers taking part each year. We also take and listen to Gwent police and the road safety team, sometimes, roads aren’t suitable for the number of bikes. We always try to ensure that any venue chosen is as suitable as can be for the event and always take into account bikers thoughts and concerns.
We have made the decision to change and extend the route for a number of reasons, firstly, due to congestion build up, we are well aware that this led to overheating of bikes and road congestions, by changing the route, we are hoping to reduce the congestion build up at hotspots and ensure the ride flows smoother. We also extended the route by six miles, again to reduce congestion, but also to give riders the change to enjoy the ride, scenery and take in more of the magic that comes with riding with thousands of fellow bikers.
The cost of taking part in the ride hasn’t changed in over a decade. In 2018 we are going for a record £20,000 for charity, this can be achieved easily, by a very small increase in the money raised from bikers taking part.
The event became too large to be safely organised in Chepstow, with 5 car parks, a major through road and steep streets, the logistics of parking thousands of bikers became more difficult each year, combined with increasing costs such as accredited road marshals at vital junctions, road closures and other costs, the sensible and safest solution was to move it from the town centre.
This is to encourage riders to buy their tickets in advance and ensure they get parked quicker, avoid the lengthy queues and Aust and the end venue and makes sure you are parked as close as possible to the end venue. Riders that pay on the day do cause congestion and queues when entering Aust and the end venue, anything we do to reduce this will ensure the event runs smoother, more efficient and allows us to make sure everyone is safe.