Some years ago local crew Dave and Jan Miles rode the Small Boar on their tandem. This year so far we have 2 tandems entered, one is from TROG MTB coming over from Suffolk. The other is a team from Berkshire.
The 2019 Humbug Chase is supported by Frog Bikes. A great souvenir of the event for our young riders.
Many thanks to all of you that have entered the Wild Boar Chase so far.
We still have plenty of entries left, so please mention that you have entered the event in your social media feeds.
Although J K Rowling drew some inspiration from her time in the Forest of Dean we are not social media wizards, in fact we are more like social media ‘woodentops’ 🙂 but your posts can help make up for our lack of social media wizardry 😉
Although on the entry form you are asked what distance you wish to ride, you may change your mind on the day – no need to inform us. We will track your route by scanning your event number at a ‘Control’, so when you see a sign like this one, stop and get your number scanned.
3 Pint Thursdays
Avonlea Treasure RT
Cheltenham and County Cycling Club
Chepstow Cycling Club
Clevedon & District Road Club
Cycle – tec
KTM UK MTB TEAM
Mountain Biking and Beer Appreciation Society
Performance Cycles Club
Prestbury Twice Weekly All Terrain enthusiasts and…
Royal Dean Forest cc
Riding on tandem
Ross on wye CC
SAS cycle club
Shipham Gentleman’s Cycling Club (SGCC)
Stratford Cycling Club
Swindon Mountain Bike Enthusiasts
Team Swindon Cycles
The Fat Bustards
UK Gravel Bike Club
Winchcombe Cycling Club
Witney Mountain Bike Club
Riders so far are from:
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Locally, we refer to young wild boar as “humbugs. This is due to the light brown stripes that they have running across their back. The coat becomes darker and a more uniform colour as the humbugs grow up.
When you visit the Forest please never feed the boar.
When we prepare for the Wild Boar Chase we often see Wild Boar – or evidence of where they have been – in the Forest There are an estimated 1,645 wild boar in the Forest of Dean this year – the highest number estimated to date. The figures are calculated annually by the Forestry Commission. When riding in the Forest please treat all wildlife with respect.
When you visit the Forest never feed the boar. Please do not leave unwanted food in the Forest.
Once again, Rojer, of local brass band Forest Brass will play the Post Horn Gallop as you set off on the Wild Boar Chase. It’s not easy to play a post horn like the one above – especially for several minutes at a stretch, so please give him a cheer as you pass.
Rojer’s post horn has been with him since his army days. You can hear it in the video below (from 2016).
Enter early for a reduced entry fee.
Many thanks to all those who have entered the Wild Boar Chase 2019 so far. Riders have signed up from Devon to Derbyshire, Cambridge to Manchester and a good contingent from the great Principality of Wales. Several riders are representing their clubs including the Fat Bustards, Beer Appreciators (we’re with you on that!) , Bigfoot, MB Swindon, Winchcombe, Reservoir Cogs and the locals of the Royal Dean Forest Cycling Club (RDFCC) to name a few.
Entries until the end of January pay a fee of £20 per rider. From February 1st the entry fee increases by £5 per rider.
Remember – you can help us to promote the event if you mention the Wild Boar Chase in your social media feeds.
Wild Boar Chase & Humbug Chase – Sunday May 12th 2019.
entry for the 2019 Wild Boar Chase will open on January 2nd 2019.
Enter early for a cheaper entry fee:
Entries during January will be £20 per rider, the same as last year.
The Entry fee will increase on Feb 1st to £25 per rider
There will be T-Shirts for the event. This year they will be yellow. T shirts will be printed to order and can be picked up at signing on.
This year the event will take place on Sunday May 12th – 1 week earlier in the year than last year, so please mark your calendars.
Please help the event by publicising the it in your Social Media feeds.
The Lions and their helpers are all volunteers and take no money from the event. We do need to pay fees to the Forestry Commission, medics and for equipment hire etc. However, there will be a substantial amount left which the Lions will donate to causes in the Forest of Dean.
After discussions with the Forestry Commission we can now announce that the 2019 Wild Boar Chase will take place on Sunday 12th May 2019. The event will start and finish on the Speech House Field.