Events

Dorset Mountain Biking Events

Dorset Bike Ride

Sunday 29 April 2012

This splendid ride will take you through beautiful Dorset villages and countryside and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Starting from the picturesque market town of Wimborne Minster, East Dorset – this is an event not to be missed.

Registration

Register online for this event. If you require a postal entry form please contact us on 0800 169 3672.

Unfortunately at present you are unable to register children online. If you wish to register a child onto this event please get in touch.

Event times

Registration opens 8am-10.30am

Cyclists can start anytime between 9am – 10.30am

Location

Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT

The route

Choice of 3 routes – 25 miles, 50 miles or 66 miles

Your welcome pack

Your welcome pack will contain your participant number, sponsorship form, love note to wear and important information about the event.

Wear Red

Show your support for the British Heart Foundation by wearing red at the event, we want a colourful convoy of cyclists through Dorset’s countryside!

Fundraising

We are hoping to raise over £67,000 from this event, by raising funds you will be helping to ensure the vital work of the BHF can continue. The money you raise will help prevent people dying prematurely of heart disease.

Visit our fundraising section for some great tips

Set up your online sponsorship page

Travel and parking

From A350/A31 head towards Wimborne on the B3078. At the Lake Gates roundabout take the 1st exit, signposted Wimborne. Continue forward and then branch left after about 1 mile onto Julians Road. Turn left into Victoria Road and then continue until you reach Queen Elizabeth’s School.

Facilities available on the day

Refreshments are available for purchase at the start/finish and along the route. Toilets are available at the start/finish and also at each refreshment stop.

First Aid cover will be provided and the event is fully marshalled.

Guests and Pets

You’re welcome to bring family and friends along to enjoy the event. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event

Age limits

There is no age limit at the bike ride, however under 16′s must be accompanied by an adult.

Keeping you safe

The event is fully signposted (look out for the red and white BHF signs) and marshalled. A cycle repair vehicle will also be patrolling the route on the day. Your emergency contact number on the day is 07785 923 074. The phone is only switched on for the duration of the event and should only be called in case of emergency.

Training

Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it reguarly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate clothing, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor prior to the event.

Visit the training zone

Contact details

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call us free on 0800 169 3672 or email northwestwales@bhf.org.uk

Sunday 16th September 2012 

See Dorset at its best on this classic 50km off road route. 

Many years ago a group of tough off road cyclists set down the route of the Dorset Dirt. In those days our predecessors had no qualms about tackling the bridleways, byways and old county roads of Dorset on their tourers. These days few off us attempt it without our tough high tech off road mountain bikes. Today it will only cost you £7 to enter. Click the link on the left to download our booking form. Complete it and bring it to the registration table in or near the café at Dorchester Top o’Town Car Park by 09h30.Free Entry for charity riders who enter in advance

If you are riding for a charity please complete the booking form and bring it to Top o’Town with a copy of your sponsorship form. Your entry will be free as our contibution to your cause. There will be a special start for charity riders at 10.15am with photo opportunities.
Now for the ride

Over the years little has changed on the high chalk ridges and quiet, wild places of Dorset and the early autumn weather is often perfect for the riders, headbangers and loiterers alike. The first finishers usually show their extreme fitness and cycling skills by returning soon after lunch. Many others enjoy taking their time to appreciate and enjoy the quiet in the sunshine. They will be unlucky if they do not see an enormous variety of wild life from rabbits to deer and pigeons to buzzards. Most years our oldest riders are probably well into their 70’s, and the youngest not yet into his or her teens. We are also pleased that we have a good turnout of women cyclists. Participants come from all over the South of England to start and finish at the Top o’Town café, Dorchester.

See Dorset at its best on this classic 50km off road route. Starting from Dorchester it takes in countryside near to Piddlehinton and Cheselbourne. It then goes west towards the Dorset Gap and along the Wessex Ridgeway to the ‘Gaggle of Geese’ at Buckland Newton for lunch. You then climb Batcombe Hill and return to Dorchester along the high ridge of the chalk downs. We will provide you with a route card at the starting point and will validate it at check points along the way.

It is best if you bring your mountain bike but it is possible to ride it on a robust tourer. You will have a tough ride but will be rewarded by wonderful views, peace and quiet and an abundance of wildlife. This is a reliability ride and we keep the entry fee very low. Because of this please could you note that we do not provide a back up vehicle. Also because most of the marshals cycle to the check points we cannot guarantee to provide refreshments. You should ensure that you take sufficient drink and food. We will do our best to help if you have a problem but you should be prepared to be independent and for example pay for a taxi back if you have a breakdown.

Courtesy of http://www.dorsetdirt.co.uk/

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