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Coronavirus Update

Current Status: Going ahead as planned.

Click to Read More (Updated Thu 26th Nov)

This event will take place as planned, after the lockdown (due to end on Dec 2nd) has been lifted. The event takes place in a tier 2 area, which allows for organised outdoor sports to take place, and for travel into the area where necessary. Please observe all restrictions local to you, and safety procedures put in place for the event.

Where allowed outside of imposed lockdowns, 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.




Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

Recheduled Event

This event will now take place on December 13th from Woodcote in the Chiltern Hills, after the lockdown (due to end on Dec 2nd) has lifted. Let’s still do this in 2020!

The Kinesis UK Iron Duke Gravelcross: A fantastic Autumn Gravel Ride!

The Iron Duke moves to Woodcote (home of the Wildwood) for 2020! Join us for a completely new Chiltern Hill circuit, mixing up miles of dirt and gravel with winding back lanes, sweet, sweeping singletrack, sinew stretching climbs and fast, flowing descents!

With three routes to choose from, full route marking, feed and support on the course, on site catering and live rider timing, this is a great autumn gravel ride!

Woodcote Village Hall

Start Location

Woodcote Village Hall,
Reading Road,

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Bringing the kids?

Enter Junior riders here:

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.


Physical severity


Technical severity

Short Route


Mid Route


Full Route



(Final route stats and details may vary)

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 80% 80%
  • MTB (29er) 85% 85%
  • 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.

Riding the Iron Duke

The Kinesis UK Iron Duke takes you through the heart of a landscape that spans the ages! From the historical town of Marlborough, ride up into hills littered with historic sites, including the Iron Age hill fort at Barbury Castle, and through the ancient Savernake Forest, owned and managed by the same family since the Norman Conquest and home to trees up to and over 1,000 years in age.

From St Johns College on the edge of town, you will ride into Savernake to explore the maze of Forest trails, before tracking the beautiful Kennet Valley to cross the river and ride up into Marlborough Downs, and onto the magnificent Ridgeway. After your excursion into the hills, there’s a long flowing descent back down to the valley, and a last blast through the West Wood before you return to the finish.

This a ride with an epic feel – broad, open countryside with sweeping views and long, rolling trails to enjoy. The combination of open hill, riverside and forest trails adds variety to the ride and showcases the beauty of this corner of the country! Every mile of hte Iron Duke is well worth the effort!

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Bringing the kids?

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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.


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.

Virtual ‘Social Distancing Event’ Times

Having had to postpone the full event due to Coronavirus restrictions, we made the course available to ride solo as a social distancing event. If you rode this before the full Stay At Home lockdown came into force, you can send us your ride data and we’ll post your times up here. Please only ride in accordance with current lockdown permissions.


Name Category Course Avg Pace Ride Time Time Band
Dalziel Blake 40-49 Full 14.40 km/h 05:12:28
Reuben Cooper 18-39 Full 18.64 km/h 04:01:25 Silver
Colin Deady 18-39 Full 15.70 km/h 04:46:40 Bronze
Ricardo Lopes 18-39 Full 19.70 km/h 03:48:23 Silver
Paul Sheppard 40-49 Full 14.08 km/h 05:19:36
Name Category Course Avg Pace Ride Time Time Band
Gavin Hubbard M50+ Mid 12.62 km/h 04:30:54 Bronze
Robbie Trower M40-49 Mid 15.84 km/h 03:35:49 Silver
Name Category Course Avg Pace Ride Time Time Band
Nicky Haverson 40-49 Short 11.44 km/h 03:24:16 Silver

Band 1 (Male 18-39)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=22.13km/h (13.75mph) 3h 23m 2h 42m 1h 59m
Silver=18.51km/h (11.5mph) 4h 03m 3h 14m 2h 22m
Bronze=15.29km/h (9.5mph) 4h 54m 3h 55m 2h 52m

Band 2 (Female 18-39, Male 40-49, Male U18)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=21.02km/h (13.06mph) 3h 33m 2h 50m 2h 05m
Silver=17.58km/h (10.93mph) 4h 15m 3h 24m 2h 29m
Bronze=14.52km/h (9.03mph) 5h 09m 4h 07m 3h 01m

Band 3 (Female 40-49, Female U18, Male 50+)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=19.92km/h (12.38mph) 3h 43m 2h 58m 2h 11m
Silver=16.66km/h (10.35mph) 4h 27m 3h 33m 2h 36m
Bronze=13.76km/h (8.55mph) 5h 23m 4h 19m 3h 09m

Band 4 (Female 50+, Male 60+)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=18.81km/h (11.69mph) 3h 53m 3h 07m 2h 17m
Silver=15.73km/h (9.78mph) 4h 39m 3h 43m 2h 44m
Bronze=13.00km/h (8.08mph) 5h 38m 4h 30m 3h 18m