Wild Boar Chase – Instructions for 2018

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.

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 organisers and helpers are volunteers.


Marshals will have bin bags for your litter.

GPX route downloads

GPX format route downloads are now available from this page.


Since you entered we have made changes to the route to comply with Forestry Commission requirements due to tree-felling, nesting protected birds etc.

Distances are now:
Full Boar – 44 miles
The Hog – 39 miles
Woody Boar – 23 miles
Small Boar – 19 miles.

Signing On

All riders must sign on. The union flag will be flying on the field near 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.

Pick up 3 cable ties to attach the number to your handlebars.
The bar code on the number will be scanned at the passage controls.

A map of the routes will be available for those who want one.

Please inform the signing on crew if you have a medical condition.

T Shirts

There will be no spar T Shirts s available to purchase on the day. For those of you that have pre-paid, T-Shirts will be available for pick up from a separate table i.e. the signing on team will not have them. Thank you for pre-paying for them.

Under 18s

Each person under 18 years of age on the day of the event MUST bring with them a completed parental consent form. Click the link for under 18’s form for Wild Boar Chase 2018.
> Wild Boar Chase under 18 Form 2018

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. We will also brief-out any changes at the Start.

Start Time

The event will start at 10:00 a.m.

The Start

The start will be at bottom corner entrance to Speech House Field in which riders will park, sign-on and finish. See the field plan below.

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 a hooter and the raising of a flag. A local musician, 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 bar codes on the numbers – so make sure that you stop at each control you see, it is your responsibilty to stop.

The Route

We will mark crucial junctions as follows:

A yellow direction marking in the form of a paint-sprayed yellow arrow on the ground – ride in the direction of the arrow. (The paint we use is bio-degradable).


A direction arrow (example below) – ride in the direction in which the arrow points.

Wild Boar Chase direction sign
Wild Boar Chase direction sign

Marshal Points

Marshal points are numbered 1 to 40. There may not be a Marshal at every point.

Printed Map

Printed maps of the routes will be available at the start.


Wild Boar Chase - Control sign
Wild Boar Chase – Control sign

There will be ‘passage controls’ on the route. A control sign is shown above.
The number of controls that you pass will depend on which distance you ride.
STOP at each control, the Marshal there will scan your bar code.
You may then proceed.
It is your own responsibilty to stop.

The passage controls can be anywhere on the route – there will be:

1 on the Small Boar section

NONE on the Woody Boar section

1 on the Hog section

1 on the Full Boar section..

There will also be a control at the FINISH where your bar code will be scanned.
It is your responsibility to stop at the Finish.


Beware of traffic, road crossings, free roaming sheep, deer, wild boar, walkers, dog walkers, horse riders, other cyclists, tree roots and tree stumps, loose rocks, stones etc. Riders are advised 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.

Hazard Signs on the Wild Boar Chase
Hazard Signs on the Wild Boar Chase

Hazard warning signs along the route are shown on the above. These warn of particular steep descents or hazards such as large roots or rocks, pot holes and closed Forestry Commission barriers.

However not all hazards will be marked and riders must ride within their own capabilities.

On downhill single track sections give the rider in front space and time if you are riding in a close group of riders.



All routes pass through gates and barriers.

Roads and Road Crossings

Wild Boar Chase - road ahead
Wild Boar Chase – road ahead

Riders are to follow the highway code when crossing roads..

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, most 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

The Finish will be back on the Speech House field.

Riders will be funnelled into single file and bar codes will be scanned by the finish crew.
Please ensure that your bar code is scanned 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 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 bar code scans.


Parking will be in the Speech House field. The car park entrance is on the B 4226 Coleford to Cinderford Road. See Map below.


Plan showing entry point, signing on point and assembly area.
Plan showing entry point, signing on point and assembly area.


Food and drinks will be on sale on the Speech House field from 08:00 onwards.

There will be a feed station and a Cafe and bike repair station (PedalABikeAway ) at 16 miles at Cannop Cycle Centre (14).

There will also be a feed station and water station on the Full Boar and The Hog at 30 miles at Staunton (33). This will be run by the Scouts who will make a small charge for their food so you may wish to carry a small amount of money. PLEASE DO NOT DISCARD WRAPPERS IN THE FOREST. Free Bananas available as well.

On the route – water and some snacks will be free but you as above may wish to carry a small amount of money for coffee, snacks etc.

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 PedalABikeAway, Pit Stop / Feed Station – M14 at 16 miles.


In case of emergency contact the nearest Marshal or call:
– Wild boar Chase at PedalABikeAway on 01594 860 065
(this number is to be used on the day of the event ONLY)

– or Nigel on 0771 464 0306.

– or John on 07502 602 644.

If necessary call the emergency services on 112.
We will have First Aid cover at the event HQ and a mobile unit


If your bike breaks down, we can recover it and bring it back to the event car park. Phone as above (except 112)


We will have a photographer on the course.


A graphic showing a boar on a bike.
The Wild Boar Chase