The DRRt -

The DRRt is a series of cross country challenges from one of the largest mountain bike clubs in the UK. The Dorset Rough Riders have been seeking out the best trails in Dorset and have come up with a series of 30+ mile waymarked routes which cover the best riding you’ll find in the area.

In 2017 we saw some great new options added to the DRRt to allow for more people to ride….so continuing on from 2017 the LITE versions of the DRRt are now permanently in place, so if you don’t feel you can manage the EPIC route, do the LITE which is approximately 2/3rds the distance!

Please also download and use the What3Words app on your telephones because we are now using this on the waymarked maps provided.

Summer DRRt – PURBECK 4000

2023 event TBC – South Beach, Studland. 

Autumn DRRt – CRANBORNE CHASER – Online Booking will open soon!

11th September 2022 – Okeford Fitzpaine


2022 event TBC – Sixpenny Handley. 



Enter the EPIC 33 miles and 4,000 feet of climb and descent in the Purbeck hills or the new 22 miles LITE route. The routes feature clifftop bridleways, outstanding sea views, rolling chalk downs to sandy heath land and a forest, there’s just about everything you could wish for.

In co-operation with the National Trust we set up the HQ at Studland South Beach. This is in one of the large pay and display car parks with a real ale pub next door! You can also park at Sandbanks and cycle across to the start via the chain ferry (£2 return). Sign in for this event is between 9 and 9.30am, please do not arrive any later!

MARTYRS’ MAYHEM – The EPIC 38 miles or LITE 20 miles. 

Heading south via Bulbarrow to Tolpuddle and Bere Regis before heading back via Milton Abbas and Blandford Forest.

The lite option goes as far as Milton Abbey before heading up the main street of Milton Abbas to join the epic route at the top of the hill (which is where the drink stop will be).

The CRANBORNE CHASER – September 11 2022, which is another one that we do at this time of year, is not dead as we will probably alternate routes in the coming years.

We set up the HQ near Blandford Forest. Free parking. A cafe and toilets are available on site. Location is Okeford Fitzpaine at the Recreation ground, Castle Lane DT11 0RL and its ///website.calibrate.newly


23 miles over three counties, this route combines public bridleways and byways over the Cranborne Chase area of outstanding natural beauty passing Roman landmarks, ancient drovers tracks and picturesque villages..

The HQ is at Sixpenny Handley Sports Pavilion where there is ample free parking, showers and a real ale bar running after the event.

Sign in desks are open from 09.15 and we ask everyone to be away soon after 09.30. Please note that we have a group going out just after that who take down the signs.

Post Code: SP5 5NU    or using What3Words: ///


Here are some FAQs about the events.

Are the DRRt events a race?

No, this is not a timed event and there are no prizes for finishing in a particular time. However, many riders are keen to push themselves and see how they perform on Strava! Others are content to make use of the number of country pubs and tea shops on the route.

What kind of riding is it?

The routes are designed to be a series of long bridleway sections linked by a few country roads and lanes. Most of the terrain is fairly easy, but we’ve thrown in a few technical climbs and descents that will really have you concentrating hard. There are a couple of short cut points if the bike is playing up or the legs are running on empty!

How do I enter?

When available click on our event links above which will take you to the Events Booking and Calendar page – enter your details  and select your Membership Type – non-member or member (for DRR club members only). You will then be redirected to the bookings form and payment page.

Your name will be placed on our entry database, so all you need to do is turn up on the day. An email detailing important information, will be sent to all entrants, one week prior to the event.

What do I get for my entry fee?

A colour map with a detailed ride guide on the reverse. A code of conduct for all riders is on the rear – please read this carefully.
A route way marked with over 50 direction signs.
A halfway checkpoint with drinks and sweets available.
A DRRt performance T shirt in your chosen size – secure your size by online pre-paid entry.
Emergency phone number in case you get lost or have a mechanical failure that you are unable to repair (on the map).
Lots of smiles!

Can I enter and pay on the day?

Yes, at the moment there is no surcharge for entering on the day. However, please bear in mind that T shirts are reserved for pre-paid entries and there may not be any spare ones left in your size. A postage charge will be payable if you want to receive one later.

What happens on the day?

Simply turn up at the time stated for the event. Arrivals after the designated sign in slot will not be permitted. For the Jurassic Jaunt and Purbeck 4000 event, this is at the National Trust car park (Pay and Display) at South Beach BH19 3AU. For the Cranborne Chaser and Martyrs’ Mayhem this is Okeford Fitzpaine recreation ground off A357. Nearest postcode DT11 0RL and for the New Year’s Revolution the Sports Pavilion at Sixpenny Handley – postcode SP5 5NU. The DRR gazebo will be there – simply sign in, collect your map/ guide, number wristband (which can be put on your bike) and start the ride. All we ask is that you wear a helmet at all times (mandatory), carry a mobile phone and report back to the start by the required time to collect your goodies. If you are unable to complete the course for whatever reason please inform the organisers by calling the telephone number provided on the map. Also make sure you sign in at the midway point so we know you haven’t got lost!

Who can enter the event?

Anyone! However, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. So, if you want to ride and you are under 18, please ensure you come with someone older who will enjoy the ride with you.

Where do I look for the latest info?

A Facebook chat group has been set up specifically for the DRRt, please request to join the group. This also provides route GPX files which will be available approximately a week before the event:

Please also download and use the What3Words app on your telephones – we are now using this on the waymarked maps provided.



DRRt 1 THE PURBECK 4000                                   Sunday June 2nd 2013     Studland

DRRt 2 THE CRANBORNE CHASER                     Sunday Sept 29th 2013     UK Bike Park

DRRt 3 THE PURBECK 4000                                   Sunday June 15th 2014    Studland

DRRt 4 THE CRANBORNE CHASER                     Sunday Sept 28th 2014     Okeford Fitzpaine Rec

DRRt 5 THE PURBECK 4000                                    Sunday 7th June 2015      South Beach Car Park, Studland

DRRt 6 THE CRANBORNE CHASER                       Sunday 20th Sept 2015     Okeford Fitzpaine Rec

Summer DRRt PURBECK 4000                                 Sunday 12th June 2016    South Beach Car Park, Studland

Autumn DRRt THE CRANBORNE CHASER           Sunday 11th Sept 2016     Okeford Fitzpaine Rec

Summer DRRt PURBECK 4000                                  Sunday 18th June 2017    South Beach Car Park, Studland

Autumn DRRt THE CRANBORNE CHASER           Sunday 10th Sept 2017     Okeford Fitzpaine Rec

Winter DRRt THE NEW YEARS REVOLUTION     Saturday 30th December 2017   Sixpenny Handley

Summer DRRt THE JURASSIC JAUNT                Sunday 10th June 2018    South Beach Car Park, Studland

Autumn DRRt THE CRANBORNE CHASER         Sunday 9th Sept 2018       Okeford Fitzpaine Rec

Winter DRRt THE NEW YEARS REVOLUTION   Saturday 29th December 2018   Sixpenny Handley

Summer DRRt THE JURASSIC JAUNT                Sunday 9th June 2019    South Beach Car Park, Studland

Autumn DRRt MARTYRS’ MAYHEM                   Sunday 22nd Sept 2019       Okeford Fitzpaine Rec

Winter DRRt THE NEW YEARS REVOLUTION   Saturday 28th December 2019   Sixpenny Handley

Autumn DRRt MARTYRS’ MAYHEM                    Sunday 19th September 2021   Okeford Fitzpaine

Winter DRRt THE NEW YEARS REVOLUTION   Tuesday 28th December 2021   Sixpenny Handley

Autumn DRRt THE PURBECK 4000                    Sunday 19th June 2022    South Beach Car Park, Studland

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