A Trail Break MTB Event

Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

Jurassic Gravel is a fantastic new addition to the Kinesis UK Gravelcross Adventure Series: An epic choice of awesome rides on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast!

The Jurassic Coast is, put simply, one of the most incredible places to ride in the country! Huge hills, amazing views, coastline cliff trails beside a sparkling sea, and networks of sweeping forest trails make up a near perfect dose of open hill adventure riding for Gravel Bike or MTB! Jurassic Gravel brings you the very best of this on the hills and coasts around Corfe Castle and Studland Bay, giving you a superb day of riding, courstesy CX Sportive’s best in the business route design, event organisation and support. There fully marked routes to keep you on course, feed stations to keep you fueled, rider timing, finishers medals and our friendly team to motivate and assist you!

East Creech Farm Campsite

Start Location

East Creech Farm Campsite, East Creech, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AP  

Event Results

Thanks for riding the first Jurassic Gravel! Event results are online now, here:
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The Jurassic Gravel Gathering

On Site Camping: Make a weekend of it and meet the team! Jurassic Gravel is based on East Creech Farm Campsite and we’ll be there the whole weekend! So why not camp over, make a weekend of it and join us for a bit of biking chat and social on Saturday night! There’s even an optional self guided Saturday ride with map and GPS provided!  Book your camping direct with the campsite below:

The Jurassic Gravel Weekend Itinerary: You can just ride the Sunday event on it’s own, but why not make a weekend of it?

The Jurassic Tour - Saturday ride

The ideal Saturday ride to start your weekend, this is an amazing 34km tour that takes in the best of this beautiful coasts scenery and points of interest. A stunning ride on it’s own, and the perfect warm up ride for the big one on Sunday!

Camp over - Saturday night

Book the camp site and stay over on site with the team and other riders! Jurassic Gravel is chilled, grass-roots, social weekend built around some awesome riding! Bring a few burgers – we’ll have a grill going for you to cook it on!

Jurassic Gravel - Ride the Event!

Sunday is the day of the event proper, and after Saturday’s laid back taster ride, you’ll be ready for the big hills! We have an awesome course for you – one of the best you’ll ride this year!

This event is open to Gravel Bikes, MTBs, Cyclocross, Hybrids – any off road capable bike! Check out the route profile and ride advice below to help you decide what to ride!

Route Stats

The lowdown on this ride in numbers, profiles and maps; where the route goes, where it hills are, how demanding it is and which bike to use.

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Short Route

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Full Route

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Bike Suitability

Which bike will be best or this ride? The Wildwood is open to any bike and any rider – but here’s our guide to which type of bike suits this course best.

  • Gravel / Adventure Bike 90%
  • CX (race style cyclocross) 80%
  • MTB 85%
  • MTB (29er) 90%
  • Hybrid* 65%
  • Road* 35%
Warning: This ride contains off road sections and rough surfaces. Only use road bikes that are capable of some off road. DO NOT use any bike you do not want to expose to dirt and the risk scratches or some damage. Only use a bike with strong wheels and off road capable tyres. Remove mudguards prior to the ride.
Terrain Split: This is a rough guide to the mix of terrains on this event. Figures may be approximate, and the exact nature of surfaces and conditions will vary within each of these categories.
  • Tarmac 30%
Predominantly B roads and smaller back lanes. Quality of road surface may vary greatly, and rough or broken lanes may feature as part of the mix. Busy or major roads are avoided wherever possible.
  • Gravel 60%
Unmade roads, farm tracks, forest roads and broader, firmer gravel and dirt bridleways and byways.
  • Dirt 10%
Dirt, grass and unmade bridleways, byways and tracks. May include less defined and semi-technical sections of riding.

Riding Jurassic Gravel

This course is physical and front-loaded with plenty of hills! Get right into the big stuff from the go, with some choice lower lying forest roads to blast (or cruise) later on.

The route takes you Straight onto ridges that hug the coast, as you climb round up to Swire Head, before dropping back to the inspiring sight of Corfe Castle and another long ascent onto the stunning ridge line that takes you all the way out to Studland Bay and Old Harry Rocks, on the westernmost point of this coastline. The final third of the ride changes the scenery and the pace, leading you into the lower coastal forests skirting the northern inlets of the peninsula. With the biggest of the days hills behind you, you can open up (or ease back) to negotiate a superb series of sandy forest tracks and trails that wind you back towards the finish. All in all this is a ride with plenty of physical challenge, but not much in the way technical terrain to tackle; although at over two-thirds off road, free rolling tarmac miles are in relatively short supply too. But with so much good, rideable off road, you won’t find a problem keeping the pedals turning – we think you’ll find the balance perfect!

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.
Camping
Camping is available on this event, and with a short Saturday ride (perfect for an afternoon ride when you arrive) and the full Sunday Jurassic Gravel event, it’s well worth making a weekend of it! The event and campsite are both based at East Creech Farm – contact the campsite direct to book your camping (let them know you are part of the event). For more details, visit http://www.eastcreechfarm.co.uk/
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
There will be food, water and energy mix at a feed station on the course to help you stay fuelled during the ride. Hot and cold food & drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including our ever popular home made chilli!)  
Rider Timings & Medals
Riders are electronically timed, with rider times displayed on a screen at the finish line. Gold, silver and bronze time bands are set as an optional ride incentive, and finishers medals are presented to reflect the time band you achieve. PLEASE NOTE: rider timings are provided for personal interest only and time bands are an optional target that you can choose to ignore. This event is not a race. No winner is declared, and no status or prizes are awarded for ‘beating’ other riders. The ride time and completed distance for any individual rider is taken on trust and cannot be definitively verified by the organisers.