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A Trail Break MTB Event

The White Horse Ridge Trail Ride GRX: Bigger, Longer, Faster than our Traditional Trail Rides!

The Ridgeway; it’s Europe’s oldest highway, used continuously for over 5,000 years. And it also happens to be a ribbon of near perfect riding for CX and gravel bikes!

Based at Chilton right at the foot of the Ridgeway, the White Horse Ridge GRX is all about the terrain! Unlike some of the GRX events, which chop and change between road and tracks, the White Horse Ridge is 95% off road. The Ridgeway mixes mile upon mile of grass, gravel, dirt and chalk track, riding high above sweeping views of the Oxfordshire plain.

The terrain is perfect for fast, on pace MTB. Flowing enough to tempt you to up the pace, with just enough lumps and bumps to test your stamina when you get there. The surface changes mean there’s always something new just up the track and the scenery is a constant inspiration. On top of that, we will keep you fuelled and on track with the full package of organisation and support that you can rely on at Trail Break events!

April 22nd

Chilton School

Chilton Primary School
Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0PQ, UK

What is

When you see the GRX label on one of our events, it means you get a bigger, longer and faster ride than our regular MTB trial rides! Trail Ride GRX courses cover more distance on faster, firmer surfaces on a wide mix of terrains, from farm tracks and back lanes to single track and byways. The longer ride means you get manned feed and support stations on route too! Ideal for fast 29 & 27.5in wheeled MTBs or even for gravel bikes and disc equipped CXs, Trail Ride GRX is here to expand your riding!

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Registration

8:00am – 9:00am

Mid Route

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Start Time

8:30am – 9:00am

Full Route

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Finish Time

Event Centre closes 3:30pm

Venue

Chilton Primary School
Chilton, Didcot,
Oxfordshire
OX11 0PQ

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Riding the Ridgeway

Over 5,000 years of history, illustrated by hill forts, burial mounds, standing stones and hillside carvings, the Ridgeway is more than just a ride with great views.

Sitting atop a chalk ridge that runs across the heart of the English countryside, the Ridgeway generally keeps you up high and treats you to expansive views throughout your journey. The surfaces are not too technically or physically demanding, making this accessible riding for anyone, but the accumulation of miles and the temptation to hit them fast can take it’s toll. For the White Horse Ridge, to keep things interesting (and to keep you honest!) we lead you off and back onto the ridge a few times, adding in some more vertical and surface variety. And then there’s all that history; from all the ancient sites and landmarks to be found along it’s length, there’s no question that the Ridgeway was at one time in a very important road; and it’s still a wonderful one to ride on!

Book early to save £3.00 on published prices (see below)

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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

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!)

In addition, Trail Ride GRX events (and events with courses over 50km) will typically feature one or more manned feed / support stations on the course to keep you fuelled and riding!