The Wild Boar Chase 2014
These instructions supplement - but do not replace the 'Rules of the events, What to bring, Terms and conditions' that you agreed to when you entered. See http://www.fodmbe.org.uk/rules_of_the_event.php
Thank you for entering the Wild Boar Chase. The event is organised by the Lions Clubs of the Forest of Dean with assistance and advice from the Royal Dean Forest Cycling Club. After we've paid all the fees, everything goes to local good causes here in the Forest of Dean.
All riders must sign on. The union flag will be flying on the field at the signing-on tent. Signing-on will be done by surname. Signing-on will open at 07:45. By signing on you agree to the rules of the event. All riders signing on will be issued with, a number to attach to their bike handlebars, 2 cable ties, a wristband with their number and a map of the course will be available. Put the wristband on your wrist. It will be marked at the passage controls. It will be removed at the finish and retained by the finish crew.
Please inform the signing on crew if you have a medical condition.
Last Minute Changes
Any last minute changes will be posted on a notice board at signing-on. It is the rider's responsibility to check the notice board.
The event will start at 10:00 a.m.
The start will be at the beginning of Spruce Ride - just a few metres from the Speech House Field in which riders will park, sign-on and finish.
You need to be 'ready to go' in the Assembly Area (see map below) 10 minutes before the starting time i.e. 09:50 a.m. You will then be called up to the start.
All riders will start together. The signal to start will be the dropping of a flag. Rojer Phelps of 'Forest Brass' will play a hunting fanfare as you head off down Spruce Ride.
Changes to Category entered
You may change the Category that you entered, you do not need to tell us, we will work out which route you rode from the wristbands - so make sure that you stop at each control you see, it is your responsibilty to stop. Your wristband will be removed by the finish crew.
We will provide all riders with a map showing the route.
We will mark crucial junctions as follows:
A yellow direction arrow (example left) - ride in the direction in which the arrow points.
A yellow direction marking in the form of a paint-sprayed yellow arrow on the ground - ride in the direction of the arrow.
Confirmation material hung from vegetation (example right) after the junction to confirm the route.
The paint we use is bio-degradable as is the yellow tape.
Please see this page for details.
Distances to the Finish from each Marshal point. Marshal points are numbered M1 to M23. There may not be a Marshal at every point.
This: pdf file shows the distance of each Marshal point from both the start and the finish.
Under 18's Form each person under 18 years of age on the day of the event must bring with them a completed parental consent form.
The Form can be downloaded from this link.
GPS downloads will be available from these links:
tracklog file (.trl)
GPS eXchange format (.gpx)
There will be 3 'passage controls' on the route. A control sign is shown left. The number of controls that you pass will depend on which distance you ride. STOP at each control, the Marshal there will mark your wristband. You may then proceed. It is your own responsibilty to stop.
The passage controls can be anywhere on the route - there will be 1 in the Small Boar section, 1 in the Forest Boar section and 1 in the Wye Boar section.
Forest Boar riders - you will pass 2 controls.
Wye Boar riders - you will pass 2 controls.
Full Boar riders - you will pass 3 controls.
There will also be a control at the FINISH where your wristband will be collected. It is your resposibilty to stop at the Finish and ensure that your wristband has been collected.
Beware of traffic, road crossings, free roaming sheep, deer, wild boar, walkers, dog walkers, other cyclists, tree roots and tree stumps, loose rocks, stones etc. Riders are to carry a charged mobile phone. Parts of the course pass near settlements so please be courteous to our locals – we have to live with them all year! and want to be able to offer you another Wild Boar Chase next year.
Coloured arrows and red triangles warn of particular steep descents or hazards such as large roots or rocks.
Full Boar and Wye Boar riders will pass through a series of gates. Two of these will be marked Gate 1 and Gate 2. These must be closed after passing through to prevent livestock escaping.
Roads and Road Crossings
Although we will Marshal and sign as many road crossings as we can it is solely the responsibility of the rider to cross roads safely.
Marshals and Cut Off time
The organising team, all Marshals and helpers are volunteers and some will be in position for many hours. Depending on the position on the route all Marshals will stand down at 15:30 or earlier.
Please show your appreciation of the Marshalls as you pass them.
Course Closing Rider
Our Course Closing Rider will leave 10 minutes after the start and sweep the course slowly. She will pass cyclists who are walking and those cyclists will then need to follow their maps and the yellow paint arrows back to the finish.
The Finish will be back on the Speech House field.
Riders will be funnelled into single file and wristbands will be removed by the finish crew.
Please ensure that your wristband is collected by the finish crew in the order that you finish.
The members and friends of the Lions Clubs will be handing out home-made cakes and souvenir pens at the Finish. Drinks will also be available.
The Wild Boar Chase is a RELIABILITY RIDE not a race.
However, for personal interest only, we will time the riders around the route. Times will be posted at the finish as soon as they are available. These times will show the distance ridden as determined by the passage controls visited - deduced from the riders wristbands.
Parking will be in the Speech House field. The car park entrance is on the B 4226 Coleford to Cinderford Road. See Map below.
Food and drinks will be on sale on the field from 08:30 onwards.
There will be a food station and bike repair station at 15 miles.
There will be a feed station and water station on the Full Boar and Wye Boar routes and a water station on the Forest Boar route.
Coffee and tea will be on sale all day at the Speech House Hotel.
On the Speech House Field: There will be toilets on the field. Please note their location on the map.
On the Route:
At Wenchford Picnic Area - between M3 and M4 after approx 9 1/2 mile (15 Km).
At Dean Forest Cycles, Pit Stop / Feed Station - M7 at 15 1/2 miles (25 Km)- limited toilet facilities.
In case of emergency contact the nearest Marshal or call the Event HQ on 01594 368009 or phone Brian on 0792 637 7110 or Alan on 07443 847 916.
If necessary call the emergency services on 112.
We will have First Aid cover provided by St John's at the event HQ.
If your bike breaks down, we can recover it and bring it back to the event car park. Phone the Event HQ on 01594 368009 or Alan on 07443 847 916.