changed on the high chalk ridges and quiet, wild places of Dorset in the 30 plus years this classic has been run. The early autumn weather is 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. You see an enormous variety
of wild life from rabbits to deer and pigeons to buzzards.
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 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.
This is a reliability ride. You will need to find your own way round. Latest updates are on Facebook. Many riders use GPS and/or a smart phone. We don't provide support for breakdowns. We will do our best to help if we can but please
be prepared to be independent and for example pay for a taxi back if things go badly wrong.