Friday, 16 June 2017

!Just look at the forecast!

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      (Suggested dress for Avon Beach, Sunday morning 8A.M, dog optional)

Well, this doesn't happen very often, the weather looks like... well, it looks like you'd expect for the middle of summer; warm, dry with just the merest hint of a breeze swinging round to the north by morning. Old timers will still be bringing warm layers for the depths of the night (the body temp naturally dips at that time) but you can probably leave the Harris Tweed at home this time.

So, if you've been considering the 'Dash and been put off by the weather in previous years you have no excuse this time, this really will be the best it will ever get. The sea swim at the end will also be delicious, with or without a dog...

Sea you tomorrow.

 Ping Ping!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Get Ready!


That's right folks, Dorset Dash XII  is only two weeks away now.

Take the plus-fours from the wardrobe, dust off the roadster and get
Pedaling. Get a good, long ride in right now and you'll be in peak
condition for the finest night ride of the summer;
Oxford to the Seaside in Style

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

This Year's Ride

Welcome to the Dorset Dash XII

Leaving 9pm the Saturday on or before the Summer Solstice
Next Ride – 

Sat 17 June 2017
The Dorset Dash is a free to enter through-the-night bike ride from Oxford to Avon Beach, Christchurch, in Dorset.
We have been riding the route since 2006 and the ride has evolved to follow the quietest most beautiful country lanes through sleepy villages, valleys and the New  Forest, to end up at the Avon Beach CafĂ© on a sandy beach overlooking the Isle of Wight.
The aim of this ride is to stick together and have fun. It's not a race. It's about the fellowship of doing something remarkable with a like-minded group, and having stories of triumph and bravery you can retell all year.
Although it's completely free to enter, it would be good to have some idea of numbers, so please email your intention to ride to:

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Ride Info

Start Time

We will gather from 8.30pm on Broad Street, Oxford, outside Balliol College (Oxford OX1 3BJ) and we'll leave at 9pm. Previously, we have arrived at the beach between 7 and 9 on Sunday morning.

The ride undulates but there are no mountains. People have completed on recumbents, fixies, commuting, mountain and road bikes. The ride is not fast but you do need to be comfortable riding a bike for long periods. You must be able to ride your bike for at least 100 miles. Riding through the night puts a strain on the mind and body that daylight riding doesn’t, please be considerate to your fellow riders and prepare well. 3AM is not the time to find out you’re not up to the challenge. Get yourself a buddy for the ride, we try to stay together as much as possible but the ride will go at the average group pace, not the slowest rider.

Virtually any kind of bike will do but good lights are essential. A cycle computer measuring in miles will help too. Bring warm clothes and lots of food and water (the photo of the naked woman opposite was taken at the top of a hill. We made sure she put her Buffalo on before heading back down). There is a kebab shop open in Marlborough at 40 miles and after that the whole world goes to sleep. It's also bedtime for bike shops, so make sure your bike is in tip-top shape and bring inner tubes and small tools to make running repairs.

The ride will happen whatever the weather. 2008 started on a rainy Saturday and finished in a blaze of Sunday sun on the beach. In 2010 the temp. dipped so low frost was seen on parked cars. There will be lots of hanging around and re-grouping so whatever the forecast gloves, waterproofs and spare warm layers for certain-sure!  

Getting Back
The nearest mainline stations are Bournemouth and Brockenhurst  which have direct trains running to Oxford and London (the ride to B.hurst. is far more pleasant). Bike spaces are limited so do book your ticket well beforehand and make sure you also get a bike reservation. Bournemouth is 10 miles, Brockenhurst 18.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Route

Please print this PDF and bring with you

Dorset Dash Route PDF

And if you have a fancy gizmo here's the route on Mapmyride

MapMyRide Route

Friday, 17 June 2016

Come on in, the water's lovely....

Weather looking good for Saturday night / Sunday morning and there should be a good turn out. After a rainy week it looks like being dry all night, reasonably warm but with a dip down to 11 degrees by 4AM. This will feel pretty cold at that time so bring gloves and warm layers. 

BUT, don’t forget your swimmers too – it’s the very nicest swim you’ll have all year…..

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Cosmic Rays

Sun Ra knew these things
The ‘Dash is keyed in to the solstice not the Luna cycle so it’s a rare occurrence to see a full moon on the ride. If the full moon leads to lunatism then we will come pretty close to finding out this year; Sunday 19th is just one day before the full moon and 98% luminosity. 
We may not see her but she will be there making the dark a little…. well, brighter.

Even better for us is that the moonset and sunrise almost collide so - weather permitting – we might just see both in the space of 20 minutes between 4.34-4.52

We’re usually heading between Amesbury and Salisbury at this point. This gently rolling section is one of my favourites with just enough light to illuminate the beautiful vernacular architecture (thatched walls anyone?). The River Avon will also be below us gently meandering through the fields with lush greenery all around, it’s very special - you’d have to be mad to miss it…