Salisbury Race Course sits above a stupendous riding area, rich with a mixture of ancient drove tracks and winding descents and climbs, making the Wiggle Chalky Chaser a perfect Mountain Bike event for any off-road cycling fan.
They say you can't really appreciate the beauty of an area, unless you're sitting on a saddle so this is your chance to experience what the Salisbury area has to offer.
As you start out from the event centre, you will cycle along the Old Shaftesbury Drove track, dipping in and out of the valley taking in the wooded wonderland of Knighton Woods. At the first course split, the epic and standard riders continue down the track to drop down into Broad Chalke, a quaint little village about 8-miles west of the city of Salisbury, whilst short route riders head down toward Bishopstone and the feed stop stationed there.
Epic riders will split from the standard route shortly after Broad Chalke to cycle a longer loop of single tracks, steep climbs and peachy descents, with a feed stop sited at Ebbesbourne Wake. It's a good idea to recharge here as a pretty tough climb sits between you and the next feed stop - roughly at the 16-mile mark. Shortly after, at 23-miles, epic riders will approach their second feed stop and re-join the standard and short routes.
All routes then head for home with a couple more challenging 'up and downs' to enjoy, before crossing the finish line to pick up your medal.
The Wiggle Chalky Chaser, named for the chalk plains the routes are sited on, is designed to suit all off-road cycling abilities with the inclusion of three routes. The short route is best suited for those out on a casual ride or beginners, while the epic is certainly tailored to those up for a challenge. One thing's for sure, all three will give you the Salisbury cycling experience and will get the blood pumping.
We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.
Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.