JURASSIC JAUNT – 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 is not dead as we’ll 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.
THE NEW YEARS REVOLUTION
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 an ale festival running after the event.
Here are some FAQs about the events.
Is it 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 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 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!
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:
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