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March

20

2022

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Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

Wildheart Gravel: Discover the hidden heart of Wiltshire between the Droves and the Plain

There’s way more to Salisbury than just the Plain! To the west of the city, hidden between the plain and the droves to the south, is a stunning set of  hills, woods and picture book villages just waiting to be discovered!

We’ve put together a fantastic set of three routes through this lush Wiltshire landscape for you to ride. Expect an undulating ride across hilly terrain, crossing three river valleys, using a mix of trails, byways and lanes. An ideal spring ride for gravel bikes or MTBs, you’ll get our usual excellent support and organisation, including comprehensive route marking with map and gpx file back up, well stocked feed station on route to keep you going, ride timing with instant results at the finish and live online, bespoke finishers medals and full catering available at the finish, including our excellent home made chilli!

Start Location

Salisbury Race Course
Netherhampton
Wiltshire
SP2 8PN

Lezyne Ride for the Prize

You can win some great kit from Lezyne at this event, and all you have to do is ride! Prizes are awarded completely at random - you just need to check your ride time on the screen at the finish to see if you're a winner. You could walk away with an awesome piece of Lezyne swag worth up to £80!

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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. (Please note: Final route details may be subject to change).

Short Route

kilometres

  • Physical Severity 40% 40%
  • Technical Severity 35% 35%

Mid Route

kilometres

  • Physical Severity 60% 60%
  • Technical Severity 35% 35%

Full Route

kilometres

  • Physical Severity 70% 70%
  • Technical Severity 35% 35%

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.

Q

MTB or Gravel?

You can use either a MTB or gravel bike for any of our events; none of our rides are exclusively one or the other. Al lthat matters is that your bike is suitable for riding off road. The question of which bike you should choose is harder to answer, as it will vary from person to person and ride to ride, but we’ve tried to give yuo some guidance here. While our events ar open to any off road bike, each event may lean slightly more towards one than the other. So our MTB branded events will typically be shorter distances and may use some more rougher or more technical sections and places, while our Gravel branded events will generally be longer distances, with typically less technical surfaces involved. But the emphasis for all rides is off road – our Gravel events are not intended to be road rides with just a few bits of dirt track here and there; they are created to give you plenty of good, varied open hill riding. 

In our videos you’ll see us riding gravel bikes on most courses, regardless of whether it’s for a Gravel or MTB event, but really only because that’s our personal preference here in the Trail Break office these days. For individual riders though, that choice will vary. It will depend on your abilities and preferences; how happy you are to push the limits of where you can take a gravel bike for example, or whether you prefer to have the benefits of an MTB under you when the going gets rougher. The terrain, distance nd weather/ground conditions may make a difference too. We try and guide you as best we can – you’ll see here a guide showing a suitability rating for different kinds of bikes, plus a physical and technical severity rating for the courses, and we’re going too add that information for all events as we go into the new season. But at the end of the day, that is only a guide, and the best choice is going to be different for every rider.

  • 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. We recommend removing road/commute style mudguards that may be prone to clogging.

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 £4 (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 scannable bike number 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 snd live on our website results page. 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.