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Dorset Dirt Dash 100

30 May 2021

Organiser's Description

The Dorset Dirt Dash 100, formerly know as the Dorset Gravel Dash 100, is a self-supported gravel event on the Isle of Purbeck around Swanage. Now in it's 7th year, this is the perfect way to experience the rugged beauty of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site) with fine gravel riding, camaraderie and castles.

Please also check out the Dorset Dirt Dash 50/50 for an overnight adventure.

Here's a nice video to get you in the mood:

Video from 2016

The video will give you a good idea what you are getting yourself into!

The basics you need to know before entering:

  • When: Sunday 30 May 2021
  • Format: non-timed, self-supported reliability trial 
  • Route: around 152km with 2000m of climbing. Route subject to changes. Here's an idea on Komoot
  • Entries: £45
  • Navigation: The route will be supplied electronically before the event. The course is not marked, you are responsible for your own navigation.
  • Bikes: mountain bikes & gravel bikes with a minimum recommended tire size of 40mm, which must be in good working order
  • Terrain: Singletrack, gravel paths, forestry roads, public roads, cycle paths
  • Start: 8am start at the Red Lion pub, Swanage
  • Finish: Sunday afternoon/evening at the Red Lion, Swanage
  • What is provided: rider briefing, route for navigation, goodie bag, broom wagon.
  • Minimum kit: Helmet, front and rear lights, sufficient water, emergency blanket, waterproof jacket, first aid kit, phone or GPS for navigation, multitool, spare tube, tire levers, puncture repair kit. You need to carry all your own kit.
  • Insurance: You will need your own insurance.
  • Refunds: No refunds, but you can insure your entry. Entries can be transfered up until closing date.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information

How to get there

We highly encourage you to take the train or cycle to the event. If you cycle in, you're extending your adventure by a couple of days, and don't clogg up the roads. Pretty cool, eh?

By bike: Swanage is accessed from the east via the Sandbanks Ferry from Bournemouth and Poole area. It's about £1 each way for a cyclist and runs until around 11pm. However, do check their website as it has been out of service for months in 2019. www.sandbanksferry.co.uk

From the west and north, just ride into town via Corfe Castle.

From the south…. Well that will be France then. Cross-channel ferries sail into Poole harbour daily.

By train: Swanage has no train station other than a steam train line that is about 4 miles long and of no practical use in getting to the Dirt Dash. You will find the nearest station is Wareham, about 10 miles to the north. Poole, Branksome and Bournemouth have stations around 10-12 miles away, but you will need to take the Sandbanks ferry across the harbour entrance and onto the "Isle" Check out the ferries times here. For rail enquiries check here.

By car: Swanage is accessed from the east via the Sandbanks Ferry from Bournemouth and Poole area. It’s about £5 each way for a vehicle and runs until around 11pm. However, do check their website as it has been out of service for months at time in 2019. As a driver you can also expect delays of up to several hours during peak bank holiday times. More info at www.sandbanksferry.co.uk.

From the west and north, just drive into town via Corfe Castle.

From the south…. Well that will be France then. Cross-channel ferries sail into Poole harbour daily.

Parking: DO NOT PARK at the Red Lion. Swanage is a tourist town and is geared up for short term/high price parking. Free on-street parking is all around. However, the area on the hill above Swanage hospital has wide streets, and plenty of parking. The north end of Northbrook Road, has on street parking, but can get busy on beach days. As you will be leaving your car for a day or two park considerately and keep your valuables out of sight.

For accommodation please visit the Virtual Swanage website where you will find everything from campsites to fine hotels.

Registration & Rider Briefing
You need to register for the event. Registration is open on Sunday 30 May from 6am at the Red Lion. All riders MUST attend a rider briefing at 7.30am at the Red Lion.

Here are a few more rules:

  • Stay cool, be nice, don’t hurt yourself or others.
  • If you don’t know what is around a corner, assume it’s a steep drop-off, or even a cliff.
  • Cycling on public roads carries risks and that you are aware of these risks.
  • All bicycles in your party will be ridden safely and responsibly at all times.
  • You will obey the law. Whilst using public roads, all riders must observe the Highway Code. If cycling off road, please stick to the route and exercise due care to all other users.
  • Cycling at night is more dangerous, all bikes will not be ridden at night unless lights are used.
  • A cycle helmet must be used at all times.
  • You understand that bicycling is a hazardous activity. You understand that the sport of bicycling and the use of this equipment involve a risk of injury to any and all parts of the user's body. You agree to freely and expressly assume and accept any risks and all injury to the user of this equipment while bicycling. You understand that bicycle protective gear such as helmets and gloves are recommended, but they do not eliminate the risk and may not reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
  • You agree that you will release the organisers from any and all responsibility of liability for injuries or damages or to any other person. You agree not to make a claim against or sue this organiser for injuries or damages relating to this event.
  • It's not a race.
  • Don’t be a dick.
  • You allow us to film and photograph you and use those images for promotion or documentation.

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23 May 2021£45.00

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 30/05/2021

Status: Open

Total Places: 100

Places Available: ??



Markus Stitz



The Red Lion 63 High St Swanage BH19 2LY