Battle in the Bowl 2017

2017 Entry Now Open
21st May, Matterley Bowl, Winchester

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Cyclocross meets Gravel Racing in an Epic Showdown!

Hosted within Matterley Bowl near Winchester, the Battle in the Bowl features two hour races over a stunning four mile circuit, featuring flat-out fast gravel tracks, a breathtaking grass track climb around the rim of the bowl itself, a flying wooded descent back to the arena and over a mile of taped, technical classic ‘cross! 90% of the circuit will be viewable from the massive arena, making Battle in the Bowl a visually inspiring experience for racers and spectators alike!

Battle in the Bowl has something for all levels of rider, including, junior, open and elite categories, with a full day’s programme of racing!

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Elite CX Race

4 mile course / 2 hour duration for elite, club & league racers

Open Category Race

5 Laps / 20 Mile  race, open to ‘cross bikes & MTBs – Singlespeed & Fatbike categories.

Junior Races

Short course races for Under 16s

CX Skills Sessions

Learning to ropes between the tapes? Polish up your ‘cross technique!

Prizes & Podium

Prize presentation for category winners, plus race souvenirs for all participants.

Free Rider Photos

Don’t pay for your images! Share them free through our social media!

Course Preview Video

We showed some friends and sponsors the battle in the Bowl arena and took a ride round parts of the course. Here’s some video of the day and a first look at how the final circuit will shape up.

Club/Elite Super CX Race
If racing is in your blood, if you’re a veteran of the cross leagues, if you thrive on competition on road or MTB and you’re ready to take on CX and gravel as your next challenge, this is the race for you. Whether the podium is your natural home, or your lifelong mission is simply to get as close to it as possible, you belong on this start line. No guts, no glory; to the victor the spoils!
Battle in the Bowl Open Race
We call it “Open Warfare” for a reason. The Battle in the Bowl Open is the race for  all comers! Bike-wise, anything goes, so choose your weapon; cross, gravel & adventure bikes, 29ers and MTB hardtails will be perfect to do battle. Singlespeeds and fat bikes will have their own sub category, and there will be a few bravery awards for crazier choices! Whether you’re new to CX racing and want to give it a go, or whether you’re just all about the blast, this is your battlefield.


8:00 Registration Opens
8:15 Practice
9:30 Junior Race (all cats, 30 minute duration)
10:15 Practice & junior prize giving
11:00 Open Race (20 miles / 5 laps)
13:00 Practice & Open prize giving
13:45 Super CX Race (2 hour duration)
16:00 Elite Prize Giving

Timings may vary depending on field sizes and other factors. Schedule changes will be updated as promptly as possible here, and notified in final rider information.
“Practice” indicates periods when the entire circuit will be open for practice. Some sections not used for racing will remain open for practice during the Junior race period. Practice sessions may be reduced if needed to accommodate the racing schedule.
  • Two hour Club & Elite Race
  • Open to CX & Gravel Bikes*
  • Podium & Prizes

*The Super CX race is the serious end of the weekend’s racing. It is open to anyone (it’s not just for top level elite racers) and on any bike (including MTBs) but is intended as the more competitive option, so expect a full on race!

  • 5 Lap (20 mile) race
  • Open to CX, MTB, 29er or any bike you choose
  • Singlespeed & Fat Bike sub cats
  • ‘Bravery’ awards for most unusual choices of bike!

Open Warfare is racing for those who like to ride hard for the craic! Expect some frantic racing, but don’t take it too seriously. open Warfare is all about the attitude!

  • Under 16, Under 14 & Under 12 Cateegory Races
  • Reduced courses & race durations
  • Podium & Prizes

Battle in the Bowl

Club/Team Entry Offer!

10% Team Discount

Enter 4 or more riders at once and get 10% off your total entry!

Free Bonus Entry

If you enter 10 riders, you can also request a code for an extra FREE bonus entry!

Team Pit Area

Team entries of 6 or more qualify for a team pit of up to 10x10m (for 10 riders; 7x7m for teams of 6-10) in the course area; bring your banners and flags!

Roll Call Listing

Your club team will also be included and linked in the team roll call here on our website.

Team Spirit Award

Your team’s competitive spirit, sportsmanship, general good attitude could win the BitB Team Spirit Award!

Find Out More

Full details of team and club entry offers for 2017 will be updated soon.

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