The Dorset Beast

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The Dorset Beast
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Ride along the South Coast in this 165k or 96k sportive. You'll glide along beautiful coastal stretches, over rolling hills in Purbeck and through the pretty villages and castles of Dorset. Come along for the rural location, stunning views and your finisher's medal.
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Sun 10th Apr 2022
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Swanage, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Swanage, UK
Start times
Sun 10th Apr 2022
Medium Route:
8:00am |
Long Route:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Dorset Beast
Medium Route
1 Loop
Long Route
1 Loop
Route information
Long Route
Starting in Swanage this route begins with a climb away from the coast in the first three kilometres. AFter this, riders will take on a 50k up to Blandford Forum, which is the perfect location to stop for a rest and enjoy the views.
For the remaining 100k, the route is mostly up and down, featuring the long (5k) Bulbarrow Hill, short and sharp (1k, 8%) Cerne Abbas Climb. To end, this route has riders take on the challenging Kington Hill - one of the UK’s Top 100 Climbs.
Medium Route
This route follows the long course for the first 20k with a ride down to the coast and then climb out of Swanage.
Most of the first half is rolling, giving you a chance to warm up your legs before the punchier second half. The second half will feature some longer climbs, including Durdle Door (3.5k at 2% gradient) and then Creech Hill (the full climb is 3.5k at 4.1% with a steep top part).
The ride finishes with the climb of Kingston Hill and then a quick descent back into Swanage.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Aid stations
  • First Aid
  • Chip-timed results
  • Fully-marked course
  • Race Village
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
How to get there
Swanage, UK
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There will be free parking available on-site.
Event day logistics
08:00 - 10:00 Medium and Long routes start
18:00 Race village closes
Start Times
Riders will start in groups of 6, you will be emailed a start time list where you can select a start time between 08:00 and 10:00. If you have signed up with a friend, make sure to request to start together.
Aid Stations
The aid stations are located every 30 to 40k and will be fully packed with fruit, cakes, water, and sports gels.
Race Village
At the race village, there will be coffee, cake, and lots of food trucks to try.
You will be provided with the route GPX file one week before the day of the event.
Will there be parking available at The Dorset Beast event?
Yes, there will be plenty of free parking available on-site.
When does The Dorset Beast start?
The Dorset Beast starts at 8:00am. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and set up your bike. You will also be emailed by the organiser to confirm your start time with them as you will be setting off in groups of 6.
What kit do I need for The Dorset Beast?
Please bring the following kit: Two water bottles, basic repair kit (inner tubes, pump etc.), a helmet and a GPS with GPX file on it (not mandatory), and of course your bike.
When will I have access to the GPX files for The Dorset Beast races?
You will be emailed the GPX files one week before the event start date.
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