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Coronavirus Update

Current Status: This event is going ahead 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 Mon 22nd Feb)

The 2021 Wildwood will now be rolled into the Badlands CX on June 13th. If you have already entered for this event, you will be contacted by email with details of your options, in line with Our Book With Confidence policy, below. The Wildwood will return in 2022.

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.

August

8

2021

Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

The Wildwood Summer Gravel: Fantastic the Heat & Dust of the Chilterns Best Trails!

After the delayed start to 2021, we’re just itching to get back on all our favourite trails, and we haven’t visited our South Chilterns stomping ground for too long!

Our late winter Wildwood event fell victim to lockdown this year, so we decided to bring you a summer version. And to switch it up, we’ve designed a brand new course with MTB and Gravel course options available to make this allcomers offroad event!

The ride takes you through thickly wooded, hilly trails, with just the right level of gnarl to keep the ride spicy without breaking the flow. Occasional excursions off the side of the Chilterns open up the vistas of the Oxfordshire countryside before the route winds you back in for the next assault on those gradients!

 

Start Location

Woodcote Village Hall,
Reading Road,
Woodcote,
RG8 0QY

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(Or Volunteer & Ride Free!)

Can you spare a couple of hours before you ride? Or pre check the course to make sure the signs are good for the rest of the riders? Sign up as a volunteer and ride the event for free (plus perks!)

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Join Our Event Team

As well as the volunteer roles above, We’re looking for new people to join our cycle events team team full time on event days, either for single individual events, or more regularly throughout the year. If you’re interested in joining us and being part of our of the team that makes our events tick and make a bit of extra cash, click the button below to read more.

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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Route Profiles

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) 75% 75%
  • 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 road/commute style mudguards prior to the ride.

Riding the Wildwood

The Wildwood is all about variety and pace; keeping you moving and changing from surface to surface, and mixing up your physical output with the changing gradients of the choppy Chiltern Hills, it’s an exciting and challenging ride!

The route takes you south to the Thames, dropping on farm tracks to Mapledurham, to break you into the rougher stuff nice and easily. From there the route then winds northwards through the hills between Wallingford and Henley, making the most of the contours to shape your ride.

The Chilterns are a densely wooded and muscular set of hills, crossed by rugged lanes and trails that are perfect for mixing into an awesome ride. With plenty climbing, great descents and enough technical spice to keep things interesting, plus all the scenery of this stunning corner of the countryside to enjoy, this is a great route for however you want to ride it.

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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.