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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

 

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!

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.

2019 Event Results

(NOTE:  Full Route course distance was adjusted to 92km due to trail conditions. These time targets and awards take account of that adjustment).

Rider No. Name Category Bike Type Course Avg Pace Ride Time Time Band
3 Darren Anderson M40-49 CX / Gravel Full DNF
6 San Aylott M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 15.11 km/h 06:05:17
7 Andrew Bagnall M60+ CX / Gravel Full 14.17 km/h 06:29:38 Bronze
8 Richard Baker M50+ 29er (MTB) Full 17.41 km/h 05:17:08 Silver
9 Daniel Balthasar M40-49 CX / Gravel Full 16.74 km/h 05:29:49 Bronze
13 Martin Brown M50+ MTB Full 20.31 km/h 04:31:44 Gold
18 Darren Clark M40-49 CX / Gravel Full DNF
19 Danny Clayden M40-49 MTB Full DNF
89 John Collins M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 17.35 km/h 05:18:08 Bronze
92 Justin Crow M40-49 MTB Full 18.57 km/h 04:57:19 Silver
22 Robin Darch M50+ CX / Gravel Full 15.82 km/h 05:48:51 Bronze
25 James Donaghue M40-49 29er (MTB) Full 14.88 km/h 06:11:03 Bronze
28 Dennis Estrada M40-49 MTB Full 16.48 km/h 05:34:53 Bronze
33 Robert Herring M50+ CX / Gravel Full 20.32 km/h 04:31:41 Gold
90 Ian Hill M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 17.35 km/h 05:18:11 Bronze
91 Fraser Hughes M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 15.12 km/h 06:05:12
40 Philip Knuckey M50+ 29er (MTB) Full DNF
41 Stuart Lord M50+ 29er (MTB) Full 13.93 km/h 06:36:00 Bronze
86 Norbert Lukasiewicz M40-49 CX / Gravel Full 17.83 km/h 05:09:36 Silver
85 Radek Lukasiewicz M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 17.83 km/h 05:09:38 Bronze
96 Graeme McRobert M50+ CX / Gravel Full 15.28 km/h 06:01:12 Bronze
44 Stuart Mills M40-49 29er (MTB) Full DNF
45 Neil Munro M50+ CX / Gravel Full DNF
46 Dicon Murray M40-49 CX / Gravel Full 15.59 km/h 05:54:04 Bronze
51 James Peacey M50+ CX / Gravel Full 18.56 km/h 04:57:22 Silver
53 Rach Pearsons F40-49 CX / Gravel Full DNF
55 Mike Phillips M50+ MTB Full 17.40 km/h 05:17:17 Silver
56 Steve Porter M50+ CX / Gravel Full 14.23 km/h 06:27:57 Bronze
59 Jon Raney M18-39 29er (MTB) Full DNF
64 Jonathan Riding M50+ CX / Gravel Full 15.01 km/h 06:07:41 Bronze
65 Elsie Roberts F40-49 CX / Gravel Full 15.02 km/h 06:07:36 Bronze
66 John Russell M40-49 CX / Gravel Full 17.02 km/h 05:24:23 Bronze
67 Nicky Russell F50+ 29er (MTB) Full 17.02 km/h 05:24:22 Silver
94 Mike Sneddon M60+ MTB Full DNF
70 Ben Spittle M40-49 29er (MTB) Full 18.58 km/h 04:57:07 Silver
71 Jonathan Stedman M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 19.40 km/h 04:44:29 Silver
88 Den Tapping M60+ MTB Full 16.49 km/h 05:34:44 Silver
74 Luke Trussler M40-49 CX / Gravel Full 15.82 km/h 05:48:51 Bronze
81 Dominic White M18-39 CX / Gravel Full 15.15 km/h 06:04:28
82 Roy Whitney M50+ MTB Full 14.16 km/h 06:29:55 Bronze

 

Rider No. Name Category Bike Type Course Avg Pace Ride Time Time Band
4 Warren Andrews M40-49 29er (MTB) Mid 12.70 km/h 05:07:02
5 Francisco Ary M18-39 Other Mid 21.76 km/h 02:59:16 Silver
12 Karl Bonner M40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 20.49 km/h 03:10:18 Silver
14 Paul Brown M40-49 MTB Mid 12.64 km/h 05:08:34
15 Shane Chapman M18-39 CX / Gravel Mid 11.95 km/h 05:26:21
20 Katarina Compton F40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 11.95 km/h 05:26:21
21 Gary Craig M40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 15.08 km/h 04:18:39 Bronze
93 Andy Darke M50+ MTB Mid 13.28 km/h 04:53:35
24 James Dick M40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 15.42 km/h 04:12:58 Bronze
95 Jim Donahue M50+ MTB Mid 14.30 km/h 04:32:47 Bronze
30 Lydia Gould F60+ MTB Mid 16.39 km/h 03:57:56 Silver
31 Gary Grinyer M50+ CX / Gravel Mid 15.26 km/h 04:15:38 Bronze
32 Deano Hatton M40-49 Hybrid Mid 15.41 km/h 04:13:09 Bronze
34 Graham Hilton M60+ Other Mid 15.66 km/h 04:09:07 Bronze
35 Gary Hodgson M60+ CX / Gravel Mid 12.43 km/h 05:13:40
36 Ian Howell M50+ CX / Gravel Mid 16.62 km/h 03:54:40 Bronze
87 Arnel Howoridez M50+ CX / Gravel Mid 12.90 km/h 05:02:24
38 Budgie Johnson M40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 16.70 km/h 03:53:33 Bronze
39 Ruud Jonkers M18-39 MTB Mid 18.03 km/h 03:36:19 Bronze
43 Tim Mayes M50+ MTB Mid 12.83 km/h 05:03:53
50 Nick O'Rourke M40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 15.41 km/h 04:13:01 Bronze
52 Mat Pearsons M40-49 MTB Mid DNF
54 Richard Peppett M50+ MTB Mid 16.19 km/h 04:00:54 Bronze
58 Howard Radcliffe M50+ MTB Mid 15.36 km/h 04:13:53 Bronze
60 Louise Reynolds F50+ Hybrid Mid 15.84 km/h 04:06:16 Bronze
61 Mark Reynolds M50+ MTB Mid 14.10 km/h 04:36:37 Bronze
62 Matt Reynolds M50+ 29er (MTB) Mid 15.87 km/h 04:05:49 Bronze
63 Garry Richardson M40-49 29er (MTB) Mid 12.71 km/h 05:06:49
68 Richard Sellis M40-49 MTB Mid 15.36 km/h 04:13:50 Bronze
69 Max Somper M40-49 MTB Mid 12.84 km/h 05:03:48
72 Richard Sutcliffe M50+ MTB Mid 16.70 km/h 03:53:33 Bronze
75 Steve Tuppen M50+ 29er (MTB) Mid 20.73 km/h 03:08:06 Gold
79 Mike Walker M60+ CX / Gravel Mid 15.45 km/h 04:12:25 Bronze
80 David Warwick M50+ Other Mid 18.06 km/h 03:35:55 Silver
83 Kevin Wickham M40-49 CX / Gravel Mid 14.49 km/h 04:29:04
Rider No. Name Category Bike Type Course Avg Pace Ride Time Time Band
23 Martin Dawson M18-39 CX / Gravel Short DNF
37 Keith Irvine M50+ MTB Short 17.04 km/h 02:38:25 Silver
76 John Upfield M50+ MTB Short 11.44 km/h 03:56:02
78 Sarah Upfield F50+ CX / Gravel Short 11.44 km/h 03:55:55

Band 1 (Male 18-39)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=22.13km/h (13.75mph) 4h 09m 2h 56m 2h 02m
Silver=18.51km/h (11.5mph) 4h 58m 3h 30m 2h 25m
Bronze=15.29km/h (9.5mph) 6h 01m 4h 15m 2h 56m

Band 2 (Female 18-39, Male 40-49, Male U18)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=21.02km/h (13.06mph) 4h 21m 3h 05m 2h 08m
Silver=17.58km/h (10.93mph) 5h 13m 3h 41m 2h 33m
Bronze=14.52km/h (9.03mph) 6h 19m 4h 27m 3h 05m

Band 3 (Female 40-49, Female U18, Male 50+)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=19.92km/h (12.38mph) 4h 34m 3h 13m 2h 14m
Silver=16.66km/h (10.35mph) 5h 28m 3h 51m 2h 40m
Bronze=13.76km/h (8.55mph) 6h 37m 4h 40m 3h 14m

Band 4 (Female 50+, Male 60+)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=18.81km/h (11.69mph) 4h 46m 3h 22m 2h 20m
Silver=15.73km/h (9.78mph) 5h 43m 4h 02m 2h 47m
Bronze=13.00km/h (8.08mph) 6h 55m 4h 53m 3h 23m
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