TeaRoom Challenge 2007 Rules
The TeaRoom Challenge is an adventure race in which teams of two, travel between
checkpoints by mountain bike. Any route may be taken to get to these
checkpoints, however photo points should try to be passed on the way.
Individuals taking part in the TRC
are defined as, “anyone brave or stupid enough to take on The TeaRoom Challenge”
and shall be known as “Competitors”, “Racers” or “TeaMates”.
TeaRoom Challenge shall be written
Upon entering a checkpoint, races
must ask a waiter or waitress for, "Tea for two and a slice of cake each,
PLEASE". Please is very important here. It costs nothing to be nice.
A photograph must be taken in each
checkpoint. This should include: each competitor, two cups of tea and two slices
of cake. Interesting poses may score higher.
A challenge may have to be
completed at each checkpoint. These shall be announced prior to the race start.
Competitors must bring the results for each challenge to the finish; otherwise
that checkpoint shall be void for the team concerned.
You may only walk into checkpoints.
Running is dangerous and you shall be disqualified if found to be cycling into
Tea and Cake
Cake selection is entirely up to
competitors. Moist cakes are preferable due to their “slip down easy”
properties; however, may prove difficult in the event of a hilly course or
When drinking from teacups,
competitors must have pinkies clearly raised. Pinkie slouching shall be severely
Gloves and helmet may not be worn
during tea drinking. It’s just plain ignorant.
Cream and jam should be liberally
applied where available.
Sugar and milk may be added to tea,
however there is a trade off between enough milk to cool the tea to drinking
temperature and so much milk you need to pee at every checkpoint. Sugar may be
supplemented with PSP22 for the hardcore racer.
The whole pot of tea must be
consumed. No leaving the dregs.
Mandatory TEAm Equipment
– to be carried at all times
Two mountain bikes [these may be
left outside each checkpoint]. You may choose to secure them, but this will cost
time. Bike helmets, food and drink must be carried.
Sense of humour
Map [OS explorer OL7]
Bike Tool Kit
First Aid kit
Digital camera [Phone camera will
do as long as image is reasonable].
TRC identification [To be collected
on the day] – gets you free tea and cake!
Recommended TEAm Kit
Spare digital camera (or camera
phone) – you never know!
These will be given in the
instructions and are positioned along off-road mountain bike trails. In order to
prove you have visited a photo point, you must:
Complete the challenge at that
point [if there is one]
Take a photo of a TEAmate striking
a pose with the relevant landmark in view.
Every racer will be issued with a Tunnock’s TeaCake before the race. Racers will
be asked to complete a challenge using this. The team with the most points will
gain the TeaCake points for this challenge as follows:
This shall be
at the discretion of the TeaCake umpire on the day. More information will be
given at the race briefing.
The team who finishes with the most points shall be declared the winner. TeaCake
Challenge points will be added if applicable. In the event of two teams having
the same points, the team who return in the shortest time shall rank above the
Within the first twenty minutes
after the finish, a team who is late shall lose ten points per minute.
Twenty minutes after the finish, a
team who is late shall lose fifty points per minute.
If a team is more than thirty
minutes late, they shall lose all of their points. [and valuable partying time]
Don’t cheat. Cheats will be
You may only use the modes of
transport mentioned in these rules.
DON’T drop litter or spoil the
countryside. Leave EVERYTHING exactly as you found it.
Go for it!!