Salisbury Race Course, 15th October 2017
The Gold Rush is an intense ride, featuring 75, 55 & 38km routes, criss-crossing the lanes and droves of the Chalke Valley en route to Shaftesbury’s iconic Gold Hill, then brining you back to the start on a series of long, fast CX perfect drove roads. The ride offers full and comprehensive route marking, feed and support stations and electronic rider timing, and there will be hot and cold food, drinks and snacks, plus free energy products.
This is perfect CX country – in fact it could have been created for the event. The course area is a natural amphitheatre for your riding pleasure. The tiny river Ebble traces the floor of the valley that forms the backbone of a course which winds you constantly up and downs to the north and south. The ancient drove roads atop each of these downs, along with the narrow valley road, form the main arteries of the route, while the lanes, tracks and trails between the three weave in the detail; testing climbs that top out at 20%, descents that will send your stupid grin count off the scale, and a procession of picture box villages, scenery and views to lift your soul!
Highlight of the route is the climb of Gold Hill (the iconic setting for the classic Hovis advert); a 1 in 4 gradient on (occasionally) grippy cobbles that will test your heart, legs and grimacing skills! It’s a true classic of a climb that should be on your bucket list, and you’ll get a special award if you can ride the whole thing clean!
Other course highlights include Zig-Zag Hill (in both directions), which boasts the most hairpins of any hill in Britain; gradients of up to 20% dropping into (and climbing out of!) the steep, Chalke Valley, and of course those long, straight, gently descending drove roads to the finish (some of the best gravel riding tracks around!)
|First Ride Start||8:30am (9:00am 40km)|
|Last Ride Start||9:30am (10:00am 40km)|
|Event Centre Closes||4:00pm|
CX Sportive courses are designed to cover a variety of terrains, typically to the following percentages:
60% Road (mostly back lanes)
25% fast tracks (fire road/farm track)
5% singletrack (semi-technical off road)
Choose from three courses for the Gold Rush CX Sportive: 75km, 54km or 38km.
(GPX files will be sent to all entrants in the week prior to the event)
ENTER JUNIOR RIDERS (Under 16s)
Under 16s can enter free!
Under 16s can enter free!
We require that under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the ride, and that a junior riders parent or guardian gives permission for the junior rider takes part, based on their (the parent or guardian’s) good judgement of the junior rider’s ability to successfully complete the ride. Unaccompanied juniors may be refused participation in the event. If you want any advice about the events to help you decide whether they a right for juniors in your group, we’re happy to discuss it with you. You will find an option to add junior riders to your own entry on the event entry form.