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A Trail Break MTB Event

Coronavirus Update

Current Status: Event going ahead in line with resumption of organised outdoor sport from March 29th.

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. This event is not a ‘static gathering’. It spreads participants over large course area and long time period by design.
  3. Off-road cycling is a naturally socially distancing activity.
  4. 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.

ADVANCE ENTRY CLOSED – ENTER ON THE DAY

Online entry for this event is now closed, but there will be entry on the day spaces available at the event. Scroll down for full event details.

The Great Escape: Set your bike (and your soul) free this Spring!

 

Get ready for The Great Escape as we open up from lockdown and events get the green light again! Join us for 30, 40 or 50km in the wide open spaces and expansive views on and around the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire! We’ve put together a great new set of routes to celebrate our first event back – we hope you’ll join us on the trail!

As ever, you ride will come fully signposted and supported, with route maps and GPS to help you find your way too, rider timing, light refreshments and full catering back at the event HQ. There’s no better way to finish a hard ride than with a cuppa and a bowl of our home made chilli!

Please note: Covid safety precautions will still be in place for this event. Please see our Covid safety statement for details of how we are keeping events safe for you to attend at this time.

#GetBackOutThere

April

11

2021

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Short Route

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Registration

8:15am – 9:30am

Mid Route

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Start Time

8:30am – 10:00am

Full Route

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Finish Time

Event Centre closes 3:30pm

Venue

Chilton School
Downside
Chilton
Didcot
OX11 0PQ

Route Profiles

Riding the Ridgeway

The Ridgeway is Europe’s oldest continually used highway. Dating back thousands of years, this was a prehistorically important route, with many ancient landmarks along it’s length.
Today, the Ridgeway remains a popular recreational route, and a fantastic long distance off road trail! Faster paced and less extreme than the South Downs Way, the Ridgeway is a great for MTB or gravel bike and gives you plenty to get your teeth into. The ridge keeps you high up and offers continuous sweeping views, with just enough dips and diversions along the way to keep your climbing / descending muscles ticking over! The surface only occasionally gets semi-technical, leaving you with 100km of very rideable trail to enjoy! Off of the ridge, trails run down into the beautiful valleys, onto quiet roads and villages, before you make our way back up into the hills!

 

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, (pending availability*) although there is a small surcharge so pre entering is recommended. Just arrive before the end of the registration period and pay at the desk.

*Check for status updates at the top of the page for latest news of of changes in on the day availability.

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 bike number and / or timing chip on an ankle strap to collect at the desk. If you haven’t pre-entered, pay at the desk and a chip/number 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

Hot and cold food and drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including our ever popular home made chilli!)