October

20

2019

Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:00pm

The Battle Gravel 100 is coming to the Battle in the Bowl Super CX weekend next year – and you can ride it now on this special Battle Gravel Autumn 100 preview event!

The Battle Gravel Autumn 100 is a dirt track celebration of the stunning countryside at the Winchester end of the South Downs! Starting in the stunning Meon Valley at Soberton, the course quickly passes the Battle in the Bowl race site at Matterley Bowl, picking up the South Downs way to lead you into a deeper exploration of this fantastic area! If you’ve ridden the South Downs Way before, this is a great opportunity to discover some the amazing trails off of the SDW piste; and if you haven’t, then you’re in for a 100km treat!

Fully route marked, with support, feed stations, ride timing and finishers medals, the Battle Gravel Autumn 100 perfect for that one last big ride before winter!

Start Location

Soberton Village Hall,
School Hill,
Soberton,
Southampton,
SO32 3PF

 

Book Your Place NOW!

Book online for this event here!
Click here to be taken to secure event entry and payment at RiderHQ.

WIN!

A £375 Kinesis CX disc wheelset

or one of 20 great Lezyne prizes

just for taking part!

Sign up for Battle Gravel Autumn 100 in 2019, or sign up for the 2020 Battle in the Bowl or spring Battle Gravel 100 before Xmas, and you could win one a fanastic set of prizes, including a Kinesis Crosslight CX Disc wheelset worth £375!

Prizes will be drawn at Xmas 2019. Enter more than one event and one entry in the draw for each event you enter!

 

Route Stats

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

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Physical severity

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Technical severity

Short Route

Mid Route

Full Route

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% 90%
  • CX (race style cyclocross) 80% 80%
  • MTB 85% 85%
  • MTB (29er) 90% 90%
  • Hybrid* 65% 65%
  • Road* 45% 45%

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.

Route direction – anticlockwise

Riding the Winchester Downs

This is where the South Downs Way starts it’s journey eastwards, but there’s a lot more to this ride than just it’s most famous trail!

The route uses the SDW to give you plenty of open, hilly chalk/gravel trail, mixes in loops off of the Downs ridge to create variety and work you through this gorgeous National Park landscape. Plenty off road content is connected by quiet country lanes that give you an opportunity to spin your legs out before you hit the dirt again. The east and west end of the loop have subtly different characters, as the South Downs get into their stride, meaning by the time you return to the beautiful Meon Valley setting of the ride base, you’ll feel you’ve really been somewhere! your legs will tell you too; the hills don’t pull their punches around here!

Book Your Place NOW!

Book online for this event here!
Click here to be taken to secure event entry and payment at RiderHQ.

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.

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.