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EKOI
STONE CIRCLE

24 June 2023

Race the summer solstice on this epic gravel adventure through druid Britain.

Starting at dawn from the historic hilltop fort of Old Sarum, the route will pass the iconic landmark of Stonehenge as you embark on this monumental adventure. The challenge … to race the solstice sun and finish before night falls.

The Ekoi Stone Circle brings the fast rolling feel of iconic US gravel races to the UK in this truly unique 215km event.  A 135km route option is also available, where ebikes are also welcome to take part.

Expect a variety of terrain over the gruelling course. As well as the distraction of the stunning views and historical landmarks, there will be plenty of opportunities to stick it in the big ring and find a fast rolling group to make the kilometres fly by. 

Starting and finishing on the edge of Salisbury with free parking on-site, direct rail links from London and other cities, plus close proximity to Heathrow and Gatwick, it’s easily accessible for both UK and international riders.

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215KM

Total distance

2430M

Total elevation

Mechanical support

3

Feed zones

5

Fitness*

3

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 being an expert.

215KM

Total distance

2430M

Total elevation

Mechanical support

3

Feed stations

5

Fitness*

3

Terrain*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 being an expert.

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If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.

ROUTE OPTIONS

Leaving at dawn from the historic hilltop fort of Old Sarum, you’ll be riding in the tracks of the Ancients as you head towards Salisbury Plain and past Stonehenge. You’ll then be on the iconic fast rolling gravel of the Imber Range perimeter path where, if you can get into a good group, you can get your head down and tick off some significant early kilometres.

The feel of the ride then changes as you leave the wide open plains and enter the ancient woodland of Longleat Forest. Expect some singletrack, punchy climbs and watch out for the lions! This section takes you about 110km into the ride and to King Alfred’s Tower.

You’ve then got some respite from the gravel with 25km of quiet country lanes that take you deep into Dorset and the Blackmore Vale. A disused railway line gets you back off the tarmac but will give your legs a break from the continuous undulations.

Make the most of these easy kilometres as, heading into the final 50km, you’ve got some significant climbing to do as it’s up onto the chalk uplands of the West Wiltshire Downs and past the Fovant Badges.

With the sun setting on the longest day, you’ll descend off the Downs and back to Old Sarum for a well earned beer.

The 135km route follows the same route as the 215km route until King Alfred’s Tower but then heads due east up onto stunning chalk uplands and ridges before dropping you back into Old Sarum. You may be riding fewer kilometres but, with close to 1800m of climbing, it’s no easy option.

ITINERARY

13:00-21:00: Gravel Expo at the spectacular English Heritage site of Old Sarum.

All supporting partners will join us, showcasing their products and chatting all things gravel. Plus they’ll be food and drink stands, so even if you’re not riding come along and join the fun.

13:00-21:00: Sign On open, where all riders will need to collect entry packs

18:00-22:00: Pizza Party 

05:00-05:30: Sign On open

05:00-06:00: Start line open 

21:30: Finish line closes

PRICE & packages

Hotchillee Premium Members can access a £10 discount on their event entry. If you are not a Premium Member, join the gang

ENTRY ONLY

215km

Hotchillee Premium Members: £75
Non-members: £85

135km

Hotchillee Premium Members: £65
Non-members: £75

  • GPX file and route cards
  • Timing chip
  • 3 x feed stations
  • Musette drop (feed station 2)
  • Dedicated mechanical and technical support
  • Full medical team back up
  • Finishers beer
  • Car parking (Friday 12:00 to Saturday 22:30)
  • Limited Edition event merchandise
  • Sponsor products 
  • Hot food and drink at expo and finish 
  • Pizza party 
  • Bike wash area

ENTRY PACKAGES

Our friends at Sportive Breaks are with you for the ride. Book your hotel in Salisbury for 1, 2 or 3 nights and their team will be on hand during the weekend for any assistance you may require. Sportive Breaks are members of travel industry bodies ABTA and ATOL so you can book with confidence.

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QUOTES

"Riding some of this route on Salisbury Plain is one of my most memorable gravel cycling experiences from this year. The area is brilliant for gravel riding at any time of the year, but none is better than the height of the summer when those roads turn pure dusty - and you get absolutely no break from the sun. The views of ancient monuments and the downhill breeze after the punchy climbs really made the ride a rewarding challenge."
Suvi Loponen
off.road.cc

FAQ

  • GPX file & Route Cards
  • Timing chip
  • Feed stations x 3
  • Musette drop (feed station 2)
  • Dedicated mechanical and technical support
  • Full medical team back up
  • Finishers pizza and beer
  • Car Parking (Friday 12:00 to Saturday 22:30)
 
Also available at the event HQ
 
  • Limited Edition event merchandise
  • Sponsor products 
  • Hot food and drink at expo and finish. Vegetarian and gluten free options available
  • Bike wash area

Please note for certain mechanical and technical services there may be a charge for parts and/or labour.

The route is not marked except for critical and/or complicated turnings.  A GPX file will be provided and must be uploaded to your navigation device before the event.  You can also collect Route Cards at Sign On.

The ride opens at 05:00 and all riders must have departed by 06:00

The event is not a race but will timed and finishing timers listed.

The course closes at 21:30.

You must be 18 years or older on 24 June 2023 to enter.

The course is long and a very good level of fitness and endurance will be required. 

If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.

The events takes place from/to Old Sarum, Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SD.

There are direct trains to Salisbury from London Waterloo, which usually takes around 1h 40m but can take just 1h 20m on the fastest services, with around 36 trains running on this popular route every day.

From Salisbury train station it is a 2.3 mile bike ride or by car 2.1 miles.

There is free parking at Old Sarum from 13:00 Friday to 22:30 Saturday.

 

The event HQ is at Old Sarum near Salisbury, one of the most historically important sites in southern England. It combines a royal castle and cathedral within an Iron Age fortification,  overlooking the vast and beautiful Wiltshire plains.  

Salisbury is a busy and bustling City with many hotels and B&Bs to choose from.

If you prefer to camp, a list of local campsites can be found here.

There will also be limited onsite camping available. 

There is free parking from Friday 13:00 until Saturday 23:30.

If you aren’t driving to the event and need somewhere to keep bags whilst you are out on the course, we will have a secure location at the start you can use.  However any items must be clearly labelled and are left at your own risk.

The route covers a wide variety of terrain including fast rolling gravel, woodland singletrack, field-side bridleways, disused railway tracks and road so the sheer versatility of a dedicated gravel bike running 38mm + tyres would be our recommendation.

However a lightweight hardtail MTB with fast rolling tyres or Cyclocross bike would also be suitable.

You will need to be self-sufficient for large sections of the ride and each rider will need to carry spares and tools necessary to deal with punctures and mechanicals.

We will have dedicated technical support and mechanics at the Start and each Feed Station to deal with more technical issues.

There maybe a charge for some parts and labour.

Yes there are 3 x feed stations for the 215km course and 2 for the 135km course:

Feed station 1, 60km

Feed station 2, 110km

Feed station 3, 160km

A musette drop option is also available. A clear bag is supplied at Sign On and can then be filled with any nutrition you require, the bag should then be dropped at the start point and it will be transferred to Feed station 2 (110km).  

If for any reason you need to cancel your entry there are several options available: 

  1. You are able to nominate a substitute rider for your entry (up to 30 days before the event start date).
  2. You may defer your entry as a credit towards another HotChillee event in the same or following calendar year (up to 12 weeks before the event start date).
  • Entries are non-refundable

To substitute or defer your entry, please contact [email protected]

Yes! Would love involvement from fellow gravel lovers. If you are interested in getting involved please email us at [email protected]

SPEAK TO OUR TEAM

If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.