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The DRRt

The DRRt is a series of cross country chellenges from one of the largest mountain bike clubs in the UK. The Dorset Rough Riders have beem seeking out the best trails in Dorset and have come up with a series of 30+ mile waymarked routes which cover the best riding you'll find in the area.

In 2017 we saw some great new options added to the DRRt to allow for more people to ride, and now LITE versions of the DRRt are permanently in place. So, if you don't feel you can manage the EPIC route, do the LITE which is approximately 2/3rds the distance.

There are usually 3 DRRt events per year - the Summer DRRt, the Autumn DRRt, and the Winter DRRt. You can find out the details of upcoming events and book your tickets on our Events Page.

Please also download and use the What3Words app on your phone, because we are now using this on the waymarked maps provided.

The Routes

Purbeck 4000

Enter the EPIC 33 miles and 4000 feet of climb and descent in the Purbeck Hills, or the new 22-mile LITE route. The routes feature clifftop bridleways, outstanding sea views, rolling chalk downs, sandy heathland, and forest - there's just about everything you could wish for.

In cooperation with the National Trust, we set up the HQ at Studland South Beach. This is in one of the large pay-and-display car parks with a real ale pub next door! You can also park at Sandbanks and cycle across to the start area via the chain ferry (£2 return). Sign in for this event s between 9 and 9:30am, please do not arrive any later!

Martyr's Mayhem

The EPIC 38 miles or LITE 20 miles. Heading South via Bulbarrow to Tolpuddle and Bere Regis before heading back via Milton Abbas and Blandford Forest.


The LITE option goes as far as Milton Abbey before heading up the main street of Milton Abbas to join the epic route at the top of the hill (which is where the drink stop will be).

The Cranborne Chaser

We set up the HQ near Blandford Forest. Free parking is available, along with a cafe and toilets on site. The location is Okeford Fitzpaine at the Recreation Ground, Castle Lane, DT11 0RL.

The New Years Revolution

23 miles over three counties, this route combines public bridleways and byways over the Cranborne Chase area of outstanding natural beauty passing Roman landmarks, ancient drovers tracks, and picturesque villages.

The HQ is at Sixpenny Handley Sports Pavilion, where there is ample free parking, showers, and a real ale bar running after the event.

Sign-in desks are open from 9:15 am and we ask everyone to be away soon after 9:30. Please note that we have a group going out just after that who take down the signs. Postcode SP5 5NU.

FAQs for The DRRt Events

Are the DRRt events a race?

No, this is not a timed event and there are no prizes for finishing in a particular time. However, many riders are keen to push themselves and see how they perform on Strava! Others are content to make use of the number of country pubs and tea shops on the route.

What kind of riding is it?

The routes are designed to be a series of long bridleway sections linked by a few country roads and lanes. Most of the terrain is fairly easy, but we've thrown in a few technical climbs and descents that will really have you concentrating hard. There are a couple of shortcut points if the bike is playing up or the legs are running on empty!

How do I enter?

Find the DRRt events on our events page when they're available. You can book your ticket here. Your name will be placed on our entry database, so all you need to do is turn up on the day.

What do I get for my entry fee?

  • A colour map with a detailed ride guide on the reverse. A code of conduct for all riders is on the rear - please read this carefully.

  • A route way marked with over 50 direction signs.

  • A halfway checkpoint with drinks and sweets available.

  • A DRRt performance t-shirt in your chosen size - secure your size when you book your ticket.

  • Emergency phone number in case you get lost or have a mechanical failure that you are unable to repair (on the map).

  • Lots of smiles and a great day of riding!

Can I enter and pay on the day?

Yes, at the moment there is no surcharge for entering on the day. However, please bear in mind that t-shirts are reserved for pre-paid entries and there may not be any spare ones left in your size. A postage charge wil be payable if you want to receive one later.

What happens on the day?

Simply turn up at the time and location stated for the event. Arrivals after the designated sign-in slot will not be permitted. The DRR Gazebo will be there - simply sign in, collect your map/guide, numbered wristband, and start the ride! All we ask is that you wear a helmet at all times (mandatory), carry a mobile phone, and report back to the start by the required time to collect your goodies. If you are unable to complete the course for whatever reason please inform the organisers by calling the telephone number provided on the map. Also, make sure you sign in at the midway point so we know you haven't got lost!

Who can enter the event?

Anyone! However, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. So, if you want to ride and you are under 18, please ensure that you come with someone older who will enjoy the ride with you.

Where do I look for the latest info?

A Facebook Group has been set up specifically for the DRRt. Please request to join the group. This also provides route GPX files which will be available approximately a week before the event.

Please also download and use the What3Words app on your phone - we are now using this on the waymarked maps provided.

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