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Erlestoke 12 race 2014 from SPAM Biking

Erlestoke Tim Rose 06 yogaWe really enjoyed the Erlestoke 12 race in 2013 (and 2012 and 2011). It’s back for 2014 and at the same great venue; a wooded hill on land owned by the MOD near Salisbury plain.

There’s a choice of 12 hour and 6 hour races plus categories for solo, pairs, teams of 4 including male, female, mixed and singlespeed (makes sense). Erlestoke 12 website (not updated for 2014 yet).

More info on xcracer.com.

If you want to take part then let us know via the contact page or on the Facebook event page.

Erlestoke 12 race 2013 from SPAM Biking

Race start at Erlestoke 12.

We really enjoyed the Erlestoke 12 race in 2012 and 2011 (see the 2011 photos and video). It’s back for 2013 and at the same great venue; a wooded hill on land owned by the MOD near Salisbury plain.

There’s a choice of 12 hour and 6 hour races plus categories for solo, pairs, teams of 4 including male, female, mixed and singlespeed (makes sense). Erlestoke 12 website.

If you want to take part then let us know via the contact page or on the Facebook event page.

Erlestoke 12 race 2012

Race start at Erlestoke 12.

We really enjoyed the Erlestoke 12 race in 2011 (see the photos and video). It’s back for 2012 and at the same great venue; a wooded hill on land owned by the MOD near Salisbury plain.

There’s a choice of 12 hour and 6 hour races plus categories for solo, pairs, teams of 4 including male, female, mixed and singlespeed (makes sense). Erlesoke 12 website.

If you want to take part then let us know via the contact page or by posting on this page (below).

Race report: Erlestoke 12 2012

MBSwindon club stand at Erlestoke 12 event 2012.

By Chris Hopkinson

I’d been looking forward to this event since it was announced back in February. Actually I’d been looking forward to it since last year’s race but as it’s held on MOD land and the MOD weren’t too keen on mountain bikers tearing around there had been a strong rumour that this year’s event wouldn’t go ahead. As it happened the powers that be decided not to be a dirty old meanie pants and we were set to go.

The reason I’d been looking forward to it so much is obvious to anyone that’s ridden there, the course is absolutely fantastic! The best course of any race event I’ve taken part in by a country mile. A few slight tweaks this year meant you started with a fast, fieldside section leading into some tight twisty singletrack through the woods. Then the climbing started. ARGGHHH, the climbing! First on grass, then wide gravel track, then on really steep singletrack. Just when you thought that the climbing had finished there was a killer road climb. Reward comes at the top however, with a fun bombhole section which spits you out onto a grass plateau and then it’s pretty much tight, twisty singletrack of the downhill variety back to the finish.

We haven’t published the route because a lot of it is on MOD land.

Contrary to last year’s drizzle fest the weather was red hot and the course had dried up nicely after the torrential rain of the previous weeks, so it was with smiling faces and the sun on our backs we got underway. First laps were eventful. Dion had a bit of a deflation issue (tubeless my arse!) while overtaking someone on an off camber section and had a bit of a lie down. John stopped for some tree hugging action and this was to become a feature of John’s riding for the rest of the day. About 100 metres into my first lap I realised I’d put my cassette back together with the smallest sprocket missing. This meant I’d lost my 3 highest gears and, as the chain kept slipping over and behind the cassette, my lowest gear as well. To combat this I left it somewhere about middle on the back and just used the front chain rings giving me just 3 gears to use.

Leaving the relative cool of the last wooded section and coming back out into the open was like someone switching the hot switch on.

MBSwindon race team at Erlestoke 12 2012.
Dion, Lee and Stuart who came 4th behind pro teams.

Lee, Dion and Stu (our fast team aka “the trail wreckers”) were averaging laps of early to mid 30 mins and after a sterling effort finished off with a flying double lap from Lee to come in 4th place. Not a bad achievement considering they were a 3 man team and the 3 teams ahead of them were all sponsored riders.

Myself, John, Pete and Gary were averaging somewhere between 40 – 47 mins and came in 11th. Gary Lee put in a sterling effort in the 6 hour solo category where he came 68th out of 115. I don’t think Gary Palmer would mind me saying he might just have bitten off more than he could chew for his first race event in the 12 hour solo category. Gary wasn’t last though, with 5 laps putting him ahead of three other riders. The other MB Swindon representatives were Robin and John in the 6 hour pairs category. Kudos goes to them for the most chilled out, relaxed transitions ever seen and they still came 6th! Nicky Harries did a 12 hour solo ride because she likes a challenge.

Hero of the day award has to go to John (Speed). With 42 mins left on the clock he set off on our last lap. We were all waiting for him as the clock counted down to zero and he was nowhere to be seen. About 1 min after we spotted a slow moving light in the distance, “it’s got to be him” we thought. As the light grew closer we could tell something was amiss. John had punctured in one of the last wooded sections. Not wanting to let the side down he’d shouldered the bike and run with it for about 2 miles, crossing the line exhausted and crippled by cramp.

All in all another cracking event. I’m already looking forward to next year, here’s hoping the MOD let it happen.

Erlestoke 12 results page.

Chris Hopkinson

Photos from Erlestoke 12 2011.

Lee Morgan is now our race team leader and has big plans for building up our competitive side. So far Lee, Dion and Stuart have been gaining great results for the club.

Twentyfour12 – 24 hour relay race 2011

Twentyfour12 mountain bike event logo 2011.

Bontrager Twentyfour12 is an endurance mountain bike race around a course of approximately 12-14km, entirely off road. There’s a 24 hour race, a 12hour one starting at midday. The venue is perhaps England’s finest with beautiful scenery, a flat arena/camping area complimented by a course that has been host to five rounds of the Cross Country World Cup in the 1990s and continues to have a superb reputation for variety and fun riding.

Twentyfour12 website.

We’re going to enter as many teams as we can fill. If you want to take part then email Phil at mbswindon dot co dot uk. You can discuss the event on our forum here.


Race report: Erlestoke 12

Race team.

The Erlestoke 12 was formerly known as Set2rise and was organised by SPAM biking. It offered 6 or 12 hour options for singles, pairs or teams of four.

MBSwindon entered two teams of four in the 12 hour relay category.

After the first lap we had one team in 8th place and the other in 22nd. Both kept up a consistent performance as the day went on and moved up the rankings with the final result of 6th and 18th places.

Time Laps results for Erlestoke 12.

Ian Luff catering.
Drop off cafe bus. Contact Ian on 07815 202012

We were really impressed with the route. It offered a lot of really tight single track, with roots, drops and some really sharp climbs. Many people commented that this was the best race route around. Personal favourites include the bomb hole at the highest point and the really tight bumps in the woods before the road crossing.

There are some concerns over the future of the event. The MOD have concerns about their land being used. You can help save it by emailing SPAM with your feedback (Erlestoke 12 contact page) and by not riding the area unofficially.


Full res images available on request.