The Wild Boar Chase 2013
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.
Distances at each Marshal point. Marshal points are numbered M1 to M23. This: pdf file shows the distance of each 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 then a completed parental consent form. It can be downloaded from this link.
The event will start at 10:00 a.m.
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.
The start this year 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. This is not the same start location as last year.
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, a map of the course and a Wild Boar Chase keyring. Put the wristband on your wrist. It will be marked at the time controls. It will be removed at the finish and retained by the finish crew.
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.
All riders will start together. The signal to start will be the dropping of a flag. Rojer Phelps, a local musician will play a hunting fanfare (the Post Horn Gallop) 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. Be sure to hand the wristband in at the finish.
We will provide all riders with a map showing the route. We will mark crucial junctions as follows: a yellow direction arrow and yellow direction marking on the ground followed by confirmation material hung from vegetation after the junction to confirm the route. GPS downloads of the route are available here:
There will be 3 time controls on the event. The number of controls that you pass will depend on which distance you entered. Stop at each time control, the Marshall there will mark your wristband. You may then proceed.
Small Boar riders - you will pass 1 time control.
Forest Boar riders - you will pass 2 time controls.
Wye Boar riders - you will pass 2 time controls.
Full Boar riders - you will pass 3 time controls.
Beware of free roaming sheep, deer, boar, dog walkers, other cyclists, tree roots and tree stumps 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 in 2014.
Full Boar and Wye Boar riders will pass through 2 gates that 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 marshall as many road crossings as we can it is solely the responsibility of the rider to cross roads safely.
Marshalls and Cut Off time
All Marshalls are volunteers and some will be in position for many hours. All Marshalls will stand down at 15:30.
The Finish will be back on the Speech House field. Riders will be funnelled into single file and wristbands will be removed. The good ladies of the Lions Clubs will be handing out home-made cakes.
The Wild Boar Chase is a RELIABILITY RIDE not a race.
However, we will time the riders around the route. Provisional Times will be posted as soon as they are available. These times will be based on the category that the rider has entered.
Final Times will be posted later. These times will be based upon the distance ridden as determined by 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 will be on sale on the field from 08:30. 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 will be available all day at the Speech House Hotel.
In case of emergency contact the nearest marshall or call the Event HQ on 01594 368009 or phone Brian on 07926377110 or Alan on 07913604156. If necessary call the emergency services on 112. We will have first Aid cover provided by St John's on the Speech House Field.
If your bike breaks down, we will recover it and bring it back to the event car park. Phone the Event HQ on 01594 368009 or phone Andy on 07888044877 or Alan on 07913604156.
If you need a massage, we will have qualified masseurs on the field.