The Saxon Way
The Saxon Way: 5-6 June 2021
Following on from last year's very successful Bishop's Way bikepacking event, which shifted overnight all-inclusive gravel/mountain bike events into a whole new gear, this year Heath Trail Bike Camp are organising The Saxon Way.
Starting in north Hampshire, you'll ride for 2 days through Hampshire and Surrey following a GPX route. This year there'll be a choice of routes on Saturday of 40 or 65 miles, with Sunday's route being around 35 miles. The ride is self-supported, but passes through plenty of villages where you can buy food and snacks or visit cafes and pubs to keep you energised. If you haven't yet discovered the joys of bikepacking with all your kit then no worries, as they’re repeating their well received camping kit porterage option which raises funds for My Cancer My Choices.
Before the event
After you enter, you'll receive event updates including details of what you'll need to get the most out of the event, together with more details of the route and images. The GPX of the routes, details of shops, cafes and pubs along the route, details of the start venue and a Final Instructions email will be sent to you 1 week before the event.
Friday 4 June (optional)
If you wish, there's an option to camp or bivi overnight at the start. There'll be on site private parking with toilets and an excellent pub nearby. Why not leave the car at home and come by train? Basingstoke station is less than 2 miles away.
Saturday 5 June
You can arrive at the start from 7.30am, there'll be ample parking. Sign in and be ready to leave from 9.00am, then follow the GPX through some of the best tracks, bridleways and trails along our Saxon Way routes – you’ll have a choice of 65 or 40 miles - to your woodland overnight stop. When you finish just sign in, set up your tent, bivi or hammock in the woods or grassy glades and enjoy your inclusive meal and drinks (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available), then relax and socialise around the fire pit especially extended to allow for social distancing. Clean event portaloos and water will be onsite. If you opt for porterage, your camping kit will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Sunday 6 June
After an all inclusive breakfast you'll pack up, sign out then follow a different 35 mile route back to the start, where the team will welcome you back at sign in with a goody bag. Then you can enjoy a well earned drink in the pub to celebrate finishing your adventure.
Suitable bikes and equipment
Pretty much any bike is suitable that can withstand light offroad terrain and mixed surface riding. The ideal is probably a hardtail mtb or gravel bike. Or just ride whatever comes to hand first in the garage! You’ll need to be able to carry your equipment on your bike, so a simple roll up attached to your handlebars and top tube together with a back pack will do. Purpose made bikepacking luggage is available in a range of shapes, sizes and prices to suit all budgets for frame, seat and handlebar mounting.
Terms and Conditions of entry to this event, please read
You agree that you are physically capable of riding the event and do so entirely at your own risk.
You confirm that the bike and equipment you're riding is in good working order and agree to wear a properly adjusted hard shell bike helmet at all times whilst riding the event.
Payment of the Event Entry Fee to the Mountain Bike Sport Association (MBSA) does not include any insurance protection for an accident to, the sickness of or the negligence to or of any individual participant. Any accident or injury caused your action will be your full responsibility. You are responsible for having your own personal insurance for your participation in the ride.