Wild Boar Chase – Instructions for 2019

Version 1 – May 1 – 2019

Under 18 parental consent form

Under 18’s please download the form get it signed and bring it along to the start.
Wild Boar Chase Under 18 consent form for 2019.

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

Start Time

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

The address of the start location is:
Speech House Field,
The Speech House Hotel,
GL16 7EL

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.

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 ties.
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.

The Start

The start will be at bottom corner entrance to 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.

To alleviate potential bottlenecks, we will attempt to ‘zone’ the Start with faster riders near the front and slower riders near the back. Please observe signage and instructions.

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.

The mass start is one of the highlights and features of the event so there will be a minimum delay in starting all of the riders. The whole thing should only take about 4 minutes. It is NOT a race.

Map showing Car Parking, Signing on, Start Location
Map showing Car Parking, Signing on, Start Location


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

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


Yellow Flags – ride along the track on which you see the flag

Please note; the white arrows and white flags are for the Humbug Chase and can be ignored. Follow the yellow arrows, flags and signs as per above

Marshal Points

Marshal points are numbered P1 to P40.
There may not be a Marshal at every point but at significant road crossings or junctions there will generally be a marshal in a high viz jacket.

Printed Route Maps

Printed route maps will be available at signing on. These will shown the various routes and the location of the Marshal points P1 – P40.


There will be ‘passage controls’ on the route. A control sign is shown below.
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
None on the Woody Boar
1 on the Hog
1 on the Full Boar

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

There will also be a control at the FINISH where your bar code will be scanned.
It is your resposibilty 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.


Gates and Barriers

All routes pass through gates and through or around barriers.

Roads and road crossings

There will be roads to join and/or cross on the route.
We will pre-warn riders of an approaching crossing with the following sign:

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

Cyclists are to follow the highway code when joining or 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

Kathy, 0ur 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.

Bike wash and shower facilities are not available at the Speech House Field but are available at Pedalabikeaway (1 mile away).


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.

Catering / Food / Water

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

There will be a feed station near Cinderford..

There will also be a feed station and water station on the Full Boar and The Hog at 29 miles at Staunton (P33). PLEASE DO NOT DISCARD WRAPPERS IN THE FOREST. Free Bananas will be available as well. A Bike mechanic will also be here.

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 (P14)


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 John on 07502 602 644
  • or Nigel on 0771 464 0306

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


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


John Ord’s photo team will be covering the event again this year.