SALISBURY CHALLENGE ENDURO - Rough rides
Format: 2001: The 10th Salisbury Plain Challenge - one of Britain's biggest off road cycle events. Ride over the Army training grounds for charity
Over 1000 turned up in 1999 and 2001 and raised money for childrens' charitys.
It comprises a 50 km enduro race (All Categories), and a 50, 38 and 25 km leisure rides.
WHEN Late December/early Jan How to cover your bike in a quick set concrete like mud This is my bike after a really clean year on the Salisbury plain, a good year! Numplumz.com
LOCATION Erlestoke, Nr. Devizes, Wiltshire
MAP OS ref: 402600,155480
START TIME 50 km (32 miles) event - 9.50 am
38k and 25k and Schools trophy - 10.30 am
They halt the traffic to start the ride on the road, so don't turn up late! ...you will sit in the car as riders race past you.
ENTRY COSTS £13 add £2 on the day entry
38Km £10, 25Km £8, U12's free
CLASSES All catagories, Team race, Tandem class
Schools Trophy
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ENTRY INCLUDES Free mud and lots of it, 4x4 support, free bananas from Delmote. Free chocky bars.
little evidence of feed stations
EVENT TIPS
The 50 km course sees most of the hard work in the first half of the ride - tons of tank tracks and good ol' grassy hills mixed in with hard surface tracks. last section is tracks and a final fast downhill
The leisure riders will have time to take in the fantastic scenery, and play inthe deep water.
In 2001 you could have stopped for a burger at half way.
Come well prepared for the leisure rides, it is a bit isolated in some areas. A good waterproof is recommended, no rider will be allowed to compete in just shorts (even Northerners)
Free Drink station available at halfway and finish area planned - NEVER HAPPENED IN 2001 ! There,s a burger and soup van though so take some cash with you.
The many tank tracks (Mind those unexploded bombs!!!!!!!!!!) mean there's some really deep and very muddy puddles to get through ..MY ADVICE IS NOT TO GO THROUGH ANY WATER, you might be suprised how deep it is
The 38/25 km courses are mostly on hard tracks, but all start and finish at the same place Erlestoke.
Team event (50 Km only) is for teams of 4 riders, the fastest 3 home count for result. Riders to register on day 1hr prior to start
Prizes to top 3 - BCF rules apply
Schools trophy also, many riders as you wish - prizes for top 3 and special time bonuses for sponsorship raised
If its windy and raining hard you will suffer in the heavy mud and exposed moorland. Give your entry cash to the charity and watch the others suffer. (it will be hell) you will thank us for it.
LENGTH 50 Km Enduro, 38/25 Leisure
You have 5 hours to get back to your car!

2001 fastboys doing it in 2.5 hrs (conditions; frozen ground)
CLIMBING 2700ft of it, Stunning scenery
TERRAIN Tank tracks, grassy hills and lots of mud
some very exposed areas if windy. ALL is south of the start area
WEB SITE Now fully operational from 2003
ENTRY FORM Postal is best option (queue's on the day can be huge)
Closing date Entry on Day avail - closes at 9am. (not recomended see above)
POSTAl ENTRY SAE to Salisbury Plain Challenge
FACILITYS
Good toilets on day and hard standing carparking. Food stands available.
Results posted very quickly for 50k ride
Sponsorship forms sent with entry form, not essential but do your bit if you can.
£100 to first male and female home in full enduro.
Raise £70 and get £12 voucher prize
Raise £200 and recieve £40 voucher.
Holiday for largest amount raised by individual.
Note 2000 event was cancelled
Ledge Hill Market Lavington
Devizes
Wiltshire SN10 4NW
PHONE/FAX Phn 01380 818416
E-mail: spc.stewart@btinternet.com
PAST RESULTS 99 - Oli Beckinsale/ Rachel Pickett
99 - Tandem Graham Pentley & Ed Mair (nice one Ed) Team Mad cow
99 Team - Xtreme, Hargroves
99 Junior - Ryan Bevis
Dec 2001 results thanks to microtime.com
  Jan 2003 results From Spambiking
USEFULL LINKS . S.I.S Drinks
Getting there: The site used for SAMS events at Erlestoke, 5 miles south of Devizes,Wilts.
Erlestoke parade ground, on the B3098 between Erlestoke and Little Cheverell, opposite a prison.(see map) well signposted from main roads.