If you are into MTB’ing a few of us are attending the Wiggle Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus on the 18th November. If you want to attend and keep us company on the day please sign up via there website and join this club event on Strava. Once we know who is going we can sort out how to get there or where to meet.
Currently, at this time only the standard 20-mile route is available.
As the name of this sportive suggests, it’s all about hills on this ride-out – as you’ll take in the best of them atop the chalky cliffs of the historic Jurassic Coast in Dorset. If you’ve got what it takes to beat the Wiggle Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus, line up for a mix of challenging climbs, fast-flowing technical single track and swooping descents.
Starting from Burnbake Campsite, riders on the Epic and Std loops immediately split and head North following a nice track section to get their legs warm before reaching Rempstone Heath. You’ll cross points of the old and historic Swanage Railway while you continue through the rolling Dorset countryside as you complete the geographical circular loop of the area, soon passing Corfe Castle.
From here the course demonstrates the name, there will be a lot of ups but you’ll soon be rewarded with a pleasing run of drops while you head out towards the sea. This sets the tone of the course, as an up-and-down route that is just as rewarding as it is challenging. The Short riders drop down past Rempstone to join the great views with the rest of the riders on the ridgeline of Ailwood Down.
Cresting the top of the Ballard Down hillside, you’ll get right up and close to the Jurassic Coast and Old Harry Rocks before dropping down to Studland, riding on top of the ridged shore. From here, you’ll head inland briefly while taking in forest and woodland trails with the sea still in sight.
It’s a tough ride, but you’re bound to savour the technical drops as much as you might lament the tricky climbs – all topped off with the magnificent views along the way.