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The Dorset Dirt is a test of all your cycling skills including bike handling and map reading. We do not mark the route and only marshal the check points. But If you do it right you will arrive back at Top o'Town with four stamps on your card and a big smile on your face. Many years ago a group of tough off road cyclists set down the route of the Dorset Dirt. These days few of us attempt it without our tough high tech off road mountain bikes. Today it will only cost you £7 to enter. Just turn up and sign on at the registration table in or near the café at Dorchester Top o’Town Car Park and be ready to start at 10am.

Free Entry for charity riders who enter in advance

If you are riding for a charity please complete the booking form and bring it to Top o'Town with a copy of your sponsorship form. Your entry will be free as our contibution to your cause. There may be a special start for charity riders at 10.15am with photo opportunities.

Now for the ride

Over the years little has changed on the high chalk ridges and quiet, wild places of Dorset. The early autumn weather is often perfect for the riders, headbangers and loiterers alike. The first finishers usually show their extreme fitness and cycling skills by returning soon after lunch. Many others enjoy taking their time to appreciate and enjoy the quiet in the sunshine. They will be unlucky if they do not see an enormous variety of wild life from rabbits to deer and pigeons to buzzards. Most years our oldest riders are probably well into their 70’s, and the youngest not yet into his or her teens. We are also pleased that we have a good turnout of women cyclists. Participants come from all over the South of England to start and finish at the Top o’Town café, Dorchester.

See Dorset at its best on this classic 50km off road route. Starting from Dorchester it takes in countryside near to Piddlehinton and Cheselbourne. It then goes west towards the Dorset Gap and along the Wessex Ridgeway to the ‘Gaggle of Geese’ at Buckland Newton for lunch. You then climb Batcombe Hill and return to Dorchester along the high ridge of the chalk downs. We will provide you with a route card at the starting point and will validate it at check points along the way.

It is best if you bring your mountain bike but it is possible to ride it on a robust tourer. You will have a tough ride but will be rewarded by wonderful views, peace and quiet and an abundance of wildlife. This is a reliability ride and we keep the entry fee very low. Because of this please could you note that we do not provide a back up vehicle. Also because most of the marshals cycle to the check points we cannot guarantee to provide refreshments. You should ensure that you take sufficient drink and food. We will do our best to help if you have a problem but you should be prepared to be independent and for example pay for a taxi back if you have a breakdown.



A challenging 50km (about 30 miles) off-road bike ride around central Dorset.

Sunday 7th September 2014
START: 10:00am
FINISH: Up to you!

Fast Action on the Ride

Starting from Top O'Town car park, Dorchester, the route forms a loop that reaches out towards Ansty, cuts westwards through Buckland Newton and flirts around Cerne Abbas before dashing south towards the finish back in Dorchester. Phew!


Use the link on the left to read our booking form. Complete it if you want to and bring it to the registration table in or near the café at Dorchester Top o’Town Car Park, or just turn up and sign on but be ready to start at 10am.. Sorted!  

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