Chilterns Challenge

Sunday 2nd September 2012

Chilterns Challenge Course

Sumptuous singletrack, exploring new trails, meeting new riders and NOT getting lost!

Event Type: Cross Country
Date: Date: Sunday 2nd September 2012
Organiser: RoughRideGuide
Website: www.roughrideguide.co.uk
Location (trail): Chilterns Challenge Course

IMPORTANT: To the best of our knowledge the details provided are accurate at the time of listing. However, as with any outdoor event of this type, there can always be unforeseen circumstances that will lead to changes or cancellations. For all demo days, please check with the organiser directly to confirm the event is going ahead, timing, location, bike availability and any other additional detail.

TYPE OF RIDE: Circular off road MTB ride with plenty of singletrack.

DIFFICULTY RATING: Depends on distance and speed ridden – the twisty singletrack gets more challenging the faster you ride and 100km will test even the best riders.

WHEN: Sunday 2nd September

APPROXIMATE START TIMES: 8-10am / FINISH: ALL riders must be back by 5pm.

WHERE: Woodcote, Nr Reading, Oxfordshire / Berkshire – The heart of the Chilterns. In the village hall, in the centre of the village

DISTANCE(S): 100 / 75 / 50 / 25 km and a new 10km family route

NOTE: The longer routes are not just multiple loops of the 25 km trail!

WHY DO THE RIDE: This is a slightly different event to usual. All the routes will be well signed with plenty of fun singletrack to explore but the event aims to be an informal and social affair with tea, coffee and plenty of cake to make you smile back at base. There are showers available should you want one and even a big screen to watch some mountain biking on. All in all it aims to give you a great way to explore the Chilterns and meet a few fellow riders.

NOTE: The village hall is in the recreation grounds, right next to the children’s playground. Bike-widows, non-cyclists and families are welcome to come and go, using the facilities at the village hall throughout the day.

WHAT BIKE: A hardtail (front suspension only) bike is absolutely fine for this area, as the trails are mostly flowing singletrack with rooty sections. However the long distance and numerous rooty sections easily justifies bringing a full suspension bike if you have the choice, for an easier time on your bum.

WHAT TYRES: Good fast, all round tyres with rounded edges work well on this terrain when dry. If it’s a bit wet though, some deeper and square edge treads are handy for the fast corners.

PRICE: £15.00 (but a few quid more for on the day entries). Please sign up before so we can get the quantity of ‘things’ right and rider numbers etc done.

NOTE: The routes share some of the same trails, with the shorter routes peeling off the longer ones as you go – it is not just one 25km loop repeated.

TOP TIP: It is fine to change the distance you are doing (up or down) on the day, and the option to continue on the 100km route comes at the 55km mark.

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