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Part of the Battle in the Bowl weekend!

Take a look too at Battle in the Bowl Super CX – an epic day of racing on Sunday 23rd May!

Coronavirus Update

Current Status: Event going ahead as planned.

This event is going ahead as planned, under the government road map that allows the resumption of organised outdoor sports from March 29th. Click the box (right) to read more…

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: All our events are open for booking, and we have high confidence that we will be able to go ahead on planned dates from now on. However we remain committed to honouring your booking with us, even if coronavirus restrictions do affect the event. Click below to read more…

Click to Read More (Updated Mon 1st March)

This event is going ahead as planned, under the government road map that allows the resumption of organised outdoor sports for March 29th.

RIDE IN SAFETY: We are proceeding with this event based on the assessment that is a safe activity in current circumstances, for the following reasons:

  1. Outdoor activities are rated as significantly safer than indoor activities.
  2. The venue for this event gives us an enormous amount of space in which to allow for social distancing of paritcpants and attendees.
  3. This event is not a ‘static gathering’. It spreads participants over large course area and long time period by design.
  4. Off-road cycling is a naturally socially distancing activity.
  5. We have risk assessed every aspect of the events and introduced new safety procedures wherever necessary.

We will continue to follow official advice and best practice in running our events (including mask use, social distancing and hygiene procedure wherever appropriate), and to monitor changes in advice. Details of specific advice and requirements for this event will be released in the run up to the event, and will be based on the latest government and scientific advice at that time.

For details of the general precautions we are taking to keep events safe, see our full coronavirus information update here.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: All our events are open for booking, and we are committed to honouring your booking with us. In the event that we cannot run an event on the advertised date, your booking will be valid for a rescheduled date or transfer to another event with us of your choice within 18 months. If an event is going ahead, but you can’t attend for Covid related reasons (such as quarantining or tier related travel restrictions), you can also request a transfer of your booking to a future event within 18 months. During 2020, we have had 11 events disrupted by lockdown restrictions. We successfully rescheduled 7 of those, and have honoured every affected booking  to ensure that no rider loses out.

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Sponsored by

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May

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2021

Start Time

8:30am – 9:00am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

NEW FOR 2021: Gravel Race category with timed stage sections on the Battle in the Bowl race circuit!

The Battle Gravel 100 comes to the Battle in the Bowl Super CX weekend! This is an open hill event, separate to the Sunday race programme, that takes you on a fantastic 100km (or 66 or 33km) open hill ride on the South Downs; starting & finishing on and passing through the Battle in the Bowl race circuit as you take on one, two or three laps of the 33km course!

The Battle Gravel 100 is a dirt track celebration of the stunning countryside at the Winchester end of the South Downs! Starting in the stunning Matterley Bowl and including up to three laps of the private Battle in the Bowl race circuit itself, the route leads you out onto the South Downs Way to lead you into a deeper exploration of this fantastic area!

The route option you choose will cover one, two or three laps of the Battle Gravel course, and you’ll finish each lap on the Battle in the Bowl race circuit in the magnificent Matterley Bowl (which you can’t ride any other time of the year!) where a feed and support station awaits to top you up before your next lap!

You can ride Battle Gravel on it’s own, but why not make a weekend of it? Ride one of the shorter distances as a warm up to your race on Sunday, or ride the full 100, camp over and watch the racing the next day – make the most of a great weekend!

Sponsored by

Chain Reaction Cycles

Start Time

8:30am – 9:00am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

Start Location

Matterley Bowl,
Winchester
 

Matterley Bowl

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Bringing the kids?

Enter Junior riders here:

Book Camping

Fri & Sat night camping is available for this event.

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Choose Gravel Race or Gravel Challenge

Gravel Race Category

NEW for 2021: The Battle Gravel 100 now features a timed stage Gravel Race option!

The Gravel Race category (100k only) is a competitive ride featuring three timed stages around the Battle in the Bowl race circuit. Open hill sections of the course are non competitive neutral stages that just need to be completed within a qualifying pace). The fastest combined timed stages from qualifying riders will make the podium and prize presentation! (Full details and ride rules will be published in your event information).

Gravel Challenge Category

 If you don’t want to race, choose the Gravel Challenge Category.

This is a non competitive personal challenge. Your ride will be timed for your personal interest and finishers medals will be awarded, but there is no competition with other riders so you can enjoy the challenge at your own pace!

Route Stats

The lowdown on this ride in numbers, profiles and maps; where the route goes, where the hills are, how demanding it is and which bike to use.

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Short Route

Mid Route

Full Route

Bike Suitability

Which bike will be best or this ride? The Wildwood is open to any bike and any rider – but here’s our guide to which type of bike suits this course best.

  • Gravel / Adventure Bike 90% 90%
  • CX (race style cyclocross) 80% 80%
  • MTB 85% 85%
  • MTB (29er) 90% 90%
  • Hybrid* 65% 65%
  • Road* 45% 45%

Warning: This ride contains off road sections and rough surfaces. Only use road bikes that are capable of some off road. DO NOT use any bike you do not want to expose to dirt and the risk scratches or some damage. Only use a bike with strong wheels and off road capable tyres. Remove mudguards prior to the ride.

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Riding the Winchester Downs

This is where the South Downs Way starts it’s journey eastwards, but there’s a lot more to this ride than just it’s most famous trail!

The route uses the SDW to give you plenty of open, hilly chalk/gravel trail, mixes in loops off of the Downs ridge to create variety and work you through this gorgeous National Park landscape. Plenty off road content is connected by quiet country lanes that give you an opportunity to spin your legs out before you hit the dirt again. The east and west end of the loop have subtly different characters, as the South Downs get into their stride, meaning by the time you return to the beautiful Meon Valley setting of the ride base, you’ll feel you’ve really been somewhere! your legs will tell you too; the hills don’t pull their punches around here!

Book Your Place Now

Clear

Bringing the kids?

Enter Junior riders here:

Book Camping

Fri & Sat night camping is available for this event.

Chain Reaction Cycles

Event Logistics

On the Ride

Once you’re ready to start, report to the start / finish area with your timing chap strapped to your ankle. Listen to the short briefing and ride across the timing mat as directed. As you go around the route, you will find bright orange signs and ribbons to follow. At route divide points, you will find yellow signs showing you which way to go to follow the Full, Mid or Short routes. These should guide you around the whole route, but use your map if you think you have strayed off course or have a problem with the route navigation. There are also emergency contact numbers on the edge of your map. Ride safely at all times, and remember that you are on public rights of way and roads. This is not a race, so please ride appropriately, and be friendly and polite to other trail users you meet. At the end of the ride, pass over the timing mat once again, and hand in your timing chip. For those interested in there ride time, these will be available on the computer screen at the finish.

Entry on the Day

You can enter the event on the day, although there is a small surcharge of £3 (so pre entering is recommended). Just arrive before the end of the registration period and pay at the desk.

Registration

Go to the registration desk on your arrival. If you’ve pre-entered via the internet or posted your entry, you’ll have a timing chip on an ankle strap to collect at the desk. If you haven’t pre-entered, pay at the desk and a chip will be allocated to you. Collect your colour A4 map at registration also. Next, get yourself ready to ride.

Following the Route

Follow the orange signs and orange ribbons (you will shown samples of these at the ride briefing) regardless of which route distance you are riding. Everybody follows orange. At route divide points, you will see a set of yellow signs, with “Full Route”, “Mid Route” or “Short Route” written on them, pointing in different directions. At this point, follow the right sign for the route you are riding. Once you get beyond the route divide point, you will start following orange signs and ribbons again.

(Please note, in spite of our best efforts, signs can go missing or be tampered with during the course of the day. Make sure you pick up a copy of the route map at event registration, and carry it with you for use if needed. We also send out GPS files to all pre entries prior to the event, so if oyu want ot have the route on your phone or GPS device, sign up online now!)

Food and Drink

There will be food, water and energy mix at a feed station on the course to help you stay fuelled during the ride. Hot and cold food & drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including our ever popular home made chilli!)

 

Rider Timings & Medals

Riders are electronically timed, with rider times displayed on a screen at the finish line. Gold, silver and bronze time bands are set as an optional ride incentive, and finishers medals are presented to reflect the time band you achieve.

PLEASE NOTE: rider timings are provided for personal interest only and time bands are an optional target that you can choose to ignore. This event is not a race. No winner is declared, and no status or prizes are awarded for ‘beating’ other riders. The ride time and completed distance for any individual rider is taken on trust and cannot be definitively verified by the organisers.