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Coronavirus Update

Current Status: Proceeding as planned

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: Our events are still open for booking, and we are commited to honouring your booking with us, even if coronavirus restrictions affect the event. Click below to read more...

Click to Read More (Updated Wed 30th Dec)

This event is currently proceeding as planned. We are monitoring updates to the restrictions placed on areas affecting our events and will update the status of individual events as necessary.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: Our events are still open for booking, and we are commited 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 3 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 sucessfully rescheduled 7 of those, and have honoured every affected booking  to ensure that no rider loses out.

RIDE IN SAFETY: Where current restrictions allow, we are proceeding with events based on the assessment that our events are a safe activity in current circumstances, for the following reasons:

  1. They are not 'static gatherings'. They spread participants over wide, remote areas and varied time periods by design.
  2. Off-road cycling is a naturally socially distancing activity.
  3. 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, and to monitor changes in advice.

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

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TBC

2021

Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

The successor to the the Gold Rush CX Sportive is here! The Kinesis UK ChalkHeart Gravelcross; same venue, new date, exciting new courses focusing on more off-road/gravel content and an even better ride!

Ride in the chalk heart of the English countryside! The Kinesis UK ChalkHeart Gravelcross picks where our previous Gold Rush event left off to give you an even better ride! Based at Salisbury Race Course, the ChalkHeart bisects the beautiful Chalke Valley, weaving you up and down the steep sided downs flanking it, and culminating with a spectacular 14km gravel sprint right back to the finish line!

Fully route marked, with support, feed stations, ride timing and finishers medals, the ChalkHeart is the perfect ride to sign off of summer and ride on into the Autumn!

Salisbury Race Course

Start Location

Salisbury Race Course
Netherhampton
Wiltshire
SP2 8PN

 

This event is open to pedal assist e-bikes. Bikes should be off road capable.

Select the e-bike option when you sign up.

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Route Stats

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

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Mid Route

Full Route

  • Full Route: 10 sections off road, 42km total 60% 60%
  • Mid Route: 6 sections off road, 32km total 64% 64%
  • Short Route: 4 sections off road, 22km total 55% 55%

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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Route Direction: clockwise. Final route may be subject to change from the one published here.

Riding the Salisbury Downs

The timelessly beautiful Chalke Valley, between Salisbury and Shaftesbury is the setting for the Kinesis UK ChalkHeart Gravelcross. The valley is flanked north and south by steep sided chalk downs, topped with ancient dirt drove roads, which all goes together to create a course filled with spectacular, thrilling and challenging riding!

The route mixes plenty of superb dirt/gravel track sections, connected by beautiful back lanes through picturesque villages and countryside surrounding the chalk stream valley. The downs bring plenty of contours to the party, creating a succession of truly testing climbs and truly awesome descents. The culmination of the ride is the exhilarating final 14km section of unbroken gravel track, on just enough of downwards gradient to let you open up those cranks and fly to the finish!

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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.