Cotswolds 200

The Cotswolds 200

8th – 11th  September 2022

Two Events – One Adventure!
1st event – Classic Mtb Epics UK supported adventure ride over 4 days
2nd event – Self-supported bikepacking adventure
Click HERE for Self-supported info


Starting in the city of Bath, the route heads north into the stunning Cotswolds AONB, which as many mountain bikers know, is such a great area to ride. The route has been created with the purpose of linking the many fun descents this area offers.. 
There are incredibly over TWENTY FIVE significant down hill sections on this route which of course means a lot of uphill too!
The 200 MILE route covers the full length of The Cotswolds area there and back. This isn’t a regular ‘there n back’ route though – the return leg is on an entirely different route!

Riding through Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Worcesterhire, Warwickshire and back again, the many highlights will include some of the best mountain biking trails found in England. 

Not only is the riding superb, the views from The Cotswolds escarpment are fantastic too – especially looking west across The Severn Valley towards The Black Mountains and The Malvern Hills.

You will encounter a huge array of trail gems over the 200 mile distance,  taking in bridleways, byways, singletrack, woodland, urban and surprisingly a fair bit of purpose built mtb trails..

But beware! this is a tough route for bike and rider, with a high technical aspect in some sections and many steep trails, up and down, laden with rocks and roots..

We did a route test back in June 2021 with two of the UK’s top mtb endurance racers, check out their thoughts below..

A superb route on my own doorstep that surprised me with so many good trails and incredible views, this could become a classic! – Matt Jones, MTB endurance racer (former European & UK 24hr champion)

 

The ride gave us a sense of complete freedom whilst never being far from any major towns or villages. The climbs were beautiful yet punishing, and every hill brow hid a treat in the form of a spectacular view or blistering descent. There’s so much to see and absorb no matter what your pace is.. I can’t wait to have another go! – Max Suttie, MTB racer (3 x UK 24hr Champion)

Daily Ride Info (distances and elevation are approximate at the moment)

Bath to Painswick
52miles (84km) – 5,069ft (1,545m) elevation gain

Painswick to Weston-sub-Edge
53miles (85km) – 6,074ft (1,851m)

Weston-sub-Edge to Painswick
44miles (71km) – 5,271ft (1,606m)

Painswick to Bath
54miles (87km) – 4,846ft (1,477m)

Totals; 200 miles (322km) – 21,260ft (6,480m)

 

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– Entry cost is just £125!
(Self- supported only £25)

What’s included in the entry cost ?

                                                                                      – 4 days fully supported riding
                                                                                      – 3 nights camping
                                                                                      – Luggage transfers
                                                                                      – 3 buffet breakfasts
                                                                                      – Fully detailed OS maps
                                                                                      – GPX files
                                                                                      – Phone/gadget charging facilities
                                                                                      – Bike wash facilities
                                                                                      – Use of workstands and tools
                                                                                      – Public liability insurance
                                                                                      – Event T-shirt


What’s included in the entry cost ?
(Self-supported bikepacking option)

                                                                                      – Information pack
                                                                                      – Fully detailed OS maps
                                                                                      – GPX files
                                                                                      – Public liability insurance

                                                                                      – Event T-shirt

 


FAQ’s

How hard is this event?
The 200 mile distance and the 21,000ft of elevation gain is a challenge on its own. With a large part of the route being off-road and with plenty of opportunities to test your mtb skills, together will make this event a pretty tough ride for most. Daily distances will be approx 52, 53, 44 and 54 miles respectively.

What type of bike do I need?
A short-ish travel mountain bike is best – either hardtail or full suspension. A gravel bike would also be suitable, though some of the numerous descents and gnarly rock sections will push your skills to the limit! Whatever your choice, your bike will need some decent off-road tyres and be in good working order.

When and Where do the events start and finish?
Registration and luggage handover will take place in Bath on the morning of Thursday 8th September. The ride itself follows and begins with a mass start. The event finishes four days later back in Bath at on Sunday 11th September.
The bike-packing event also starts in Bath, but 36 hours later on Friday 10th September. We will attempt to get the majority of riders of both events finishing at roughly the same time!

How will I get to and from Bath?
Probably the easiest way is getting dropped off and collected from the start/finish. Or you could leave your car nearby. Bath also has a main line rail link, with the station only 10 minutes away.

What do I need to bring?
A checklist will be sent out around one month before the event. Entrants will be allowed a tent (a pop-up one is a good choice as it’s quick to put up and take down), a foldable camping chair and a hold-all type bag or similar containing everything you’ll need like clothing, bike gear, sleeping bag, mattress etc..

Where will I park?
Any long stay car park close to Bath city centre. Parking info will be released a bit nearer the time.

Can I enter on the day?
No, Last entries will close 1 month before the event starts (last entries accepted – 8th August) 

Will there be bike mechanics on the course?
Mechanical back-up, which will be carrying plenty of essential spares, is provided and will be just a phone call away. There are also a few bike shops on or close to the route.

Are you providing any food and drinks?
Yes, we will be providing a buffet breakfast each morning which is included in the entry fee. The breakfast will include cereals, fruit, bread, tea/coffee etc. Evening meals will be down to you – Both campsites we’re using will have meals available plus there are pubs fairly close by if required.

What happens if I need to abandon?
You and your bike will be collected and taken to the next overnight stop/finish line to be re-united with your gear.

Will event run in bad weather?
Yes, for example if part of the route is flooded, a diversion will be in force.

I’m planning on arriving in Bath the night before, is there anywhere to camp/stay?
There’s plenty of hotel/B&B accommodation to be found in Bath. Motorhomes/campervans/caravans can pitch just across the road at Bath Marina, whilst tents could pitch up at Bury Hill near Corston. Details on camping a bit nearer the time.

Can friends and family join me?
Of course! Get in touch with us when you book and we will strive to arrange any accommodation needs. We will produce an info sheet for spectators detailing the best viewing and meeting places en-route if required.

 

ENTER HERE for 4 day MTB adventure

ENTER HERE for Self-supported Bikepacking option