Tommy’s Ride

A Trail Break MTB Event

Tommy’s Ride: Ride to Remember 100 years on from the Armistice.

On November 10th, join us for Tommy’s Ride, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, and help raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Tommy’s Ride is superb ride in the Marlborough Downs and a perfect way to begin a historic memorial weekend. Based at St John’s College in Marlborough, ride out on a superb circuit of this historic corner of the British countryside in commemoration of the weekends historic events, and help us raise funds for one of our best established and most worthy charities.

£5 from every ride entry will be donated to the Royal British Legion, plus you can buy the limited edition event t shirt – with all profits from t-shirt sales (£10 per shirt) going to the charity too.

November

10

CX/Gravel Friendly Event

Tommy’s Ride is presented by our MTB site (trailbreak.co.uk), but is a great ride for your CX or gravel bike too! All bikes welcome – help us mark this special occasion and support the Royal British Legion!

Wear the T Shirt

Buy your limited edition Tommy’s Ride T Shirt when you book your entry! All profits from sales of the shirts* will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

This is a high quality, heavyweight cotton shirt that will look great for years to come! Shirts are only available with advance entries placed before Friday 2nd November. Your pre-ordered shirt will be ready for you to collect at the event – sorry, no extra shirts will be on sale at the event.

*We will donate a minimum of £10 per shirt to the charity.

Wear the T Shirt

Buy your limited edition Tommy’s Ride T Shirt when you book your entry! All profits from sales of the shirts* will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

This is a high quality, heavyweight cotton shirt that will look great for years to come! Shirts are only available with advance entries placed before Friday 2nd November. Your pre-ordered shirt will be ready for you to collect at the event – sorry, no extra shirts will be on sale at the event.

*We will donate a minimum of £10 per shirt to the charity.

Short Route

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Registration

8:30am – 9:30am

Mid Route

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Start Time

9:00am – 9:30am

Full Route

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Finish Time

Event Centre closes 3:30pm

Venue

St John’s College
Granham Hill, Marlborough
SN8 4AX

Route details are approximate. Full route details will be released soon.

Bike Suitability

Which bike will be best or this ride? Tommy’s Ride is open to any rider, but is an off road focused event –  here’s our guide to which type of bike suits this course best (high numbers are better!).

Warning: This ride contains off road sections and rough surfaces. Only use bikes that are capable of riding 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.
  • MTB 90%
  • Gravel/Adventure 80%
  • CX Race Bike 70%
  • Hybrid 70%
  • Road 15%
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Riding the Marlborough Downs

The Tommy’s Ride course offers something for everyone – taking you through, the open downland, forest tracks and riverside trails of this spectacular part of the south!

The open, rolling Wiltshire Downs, are bisected at Marlborough by the river Kennet, creating a variety of terrain and backdrops that are spectacular to ride and to see! From the wooded trails of Savernake Forest, you’ll ride tracks alongside the Kennet itself, before climbing out of the valley onto the downs, where the views and trails go on for miles! A last thrilling descent back through the folds of the hills into the valley takes you into West Wood and onto the finish. Classic English countryside, fitting for the occasion and stunning ride in it’s own right!

Book early to save £2.00 on published prices (see below)
Clarity on Charity: Our Statement
 

When we introduce a charity element to our events, we believe in in being completely clear about how much money will be donated to the charity, so you know how much you’re paying and where it will go. No foggy numbers or vague statements!

Your entry fee has to cover the running and marketing of the event, but we guarantee that £5 of every entry paid fee will be donated to the charity. This means that you are giving at the point of entry, and only need to fund raise on top if you really want to (but kudos to you if you do!) On top, we are selling the event t-shirt to raise money, and we guarantee a minimum of £10 per shirt will be donated to the charity, leaving only £3 of your £13 purchase price to cover production costs. Production cost per shirt will depend on the quantity produced, but if that cost rises above £3 per shirt, we will cover that ourselves – your £10 for the charity. We are currently seeking a sponsorship partner to cover the production cost of the shirts, and in that event, we will donate the full £13 of your t shirt purchase to the charity!

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 (so pre entering is recommended). Just arrive before the end of the registration period and pay at the desk.
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
Hot and cold food and drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including our ever popular home made chilli!)