The Wild Boar Chase
Sunday May 14th 2017
Start at 10:00 a.m.
The Wild Boar Chase is a popular MTB ride in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. You can choose your route from a 20, 26, 40 or 46 mile route.
- The Wild Boar Chase routes for 2017 have been revamped and big sections of the longer routes used in previous years have been replaced.
- The biggest change is that we are "resting" the fabulous section between St Briavels and Redbrook. Instead we will use the smashing Rookery Lane descent. We then continue on high ground above the river Wye. Riders can then choose to stay on the high ground in the Forest of Dean or descend 230m to the river Wye and relax on the Sustrans trail through the Severn Sisters gorge before tackling the Cat 3 Strava segment "4 Mile Hill" back up to the Forest.
- The riders then visit the single track in Sallow Vallets and the Worcester Lodge event field before rejoining the Small Boar and Woody Boar on the climb back to the Speech House to finish.
- A 'short cut' will be available for riders at 25 miles where 2 miles and an 80m ascent can be cut, avoiding the loop around the Burial Path.
- Please be aware that all routes and distances may be subject to change due to nesting birds, tree felling etc.
- The Full Boar (46 miles) covers the Forest of Dean section and descends to the river Wye.
- In the Hog (40 miles), riders take the Forest of Dean loop, missing out the descent to the river Wye.
- In the Woody Boar (26 miles) riders tackle a loop in the Forest of Dean.
- The Small Boar (20 miles) covers a loop within the Forest of Dean.
Enter early for a reduced entry fee
You Tube Vidoes of the start:
Wild Boar Chase 2016
Humbug Chase 2016
The photographer for the event will be announced here.
All riders will be entered in the free draw. Winners will be announced here
Organisers and helpers
All the organisers and helpers on this event are volunteers. After the Wild Boar Chase in 2016 the Lions were able to award more than £15,000 from the event’s proceeds to worthy causes in the Forest of Dean.
The Wild Boar Chase Q & A
What technical level do you have to be at to undertake the full boar?.
As we say for the Small Boar - if the rider has ridden the Verderers (Blue) and the Freeminers (Red) trails in Sallow Valets (i.e.accessed from PedalABikeAway, Cannop, Forest of Dean) then they should be able to cope with the technical demands of the Full Boar. BUT the riders are advised to ride within their limits, the course uses natural trails which feature hazards that must be anticipated. There is nothing that requires 'jumping' i.e everything can be "rolled".
Based on the CTC grading the Wild Boar Chase (both Small and Full) would be Red grade due to distance and amount of climb. But while the Small Boar would be borderline the Full Boar is full-on Red Grade both for distance, climb and technicality. To quote the CTC for a Red grade "The route should be judged on the basis that a reasonably experienced rider riding within his/her level of skill and prevailing ground conditions, would not be expected to fall."
- Dr John.
I have entered the event - can I switch to another distance?
Yes, you can switch to a different distance - on the day if you like. We track the progress of riders at various checkpoints and use this information to work out which route each rider has taken. It is however the rider's responsibilty to stop at each checkpoint they encounter.