Matterley Bowl Winchester

cyclocross meets gravel racing in an epic showdown!




The Battle in the Bowl Weekend features…

Battle Gravel 100

Saturday 16th May

NEW  for 2020, a fantastic open hill Gravelcross ride from the arena out onto the South Downs!

The Chilterns Ridge Trail Ride, April 22nd

Battle in the Bowl 2020

Sunday 17th May

Cyclocross meets gravel racing on a spectacular course! An incredible day of racing for all!

Scroll down – full details on this page!

South Downs Gravelcross, April 9th

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!

Book Your Place NOW!

Book online for this event here!
Click here to be taken to secure event entry and payment at RiderHQ.

Cash Prizes + Blitz the Bowl

Cash Prizes

Prizes break down as follows.
(Product and sponsor prizes will also be given to other categories / placings).

Male & Female senior winners (Elite race): £TBA
Male & Female vet winners (Elite race): £TBA
Male & Female super vet winners (Elite race): £TBA

*in the event of categories being grouped together due to participant numbers, the prize for the highest included category will be awarded.

Team Competition

We’re also adding a much requested feature: a team competition within the Elite race! Ride for yourself and for your club too! Just select Team Race on your entry form, and enter the name of your team (and make sure all your team mates do the same. Make sure all members of your team enter the same team name!)

Maximum 4 riders per team. Mixed category only; riders may be any age or gender within the Elite Race.

On Site Camping

We’ve had a lot of requests from people who have to travel for the race, so for 2020, camping will be available on site at Battle in the Bowl! Book your camping space when you book your race entry, or you can update your entry to include camping at a later date!

Camping spaces may be limited.

Saturday Program

And for those arriving on Saturday, we’ll have open practice on the course in the afternoon. New for 2020 will be the open hill Battle Gravel 100km CX Sportive on Saturday + Race practice on Saturday on the BitB course. All the main racing will be on Sunday.

Full details of the Saturday program and timings will be included with your rider information.

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, U14s & U12s

Trade & Catering Village

Check out stands from sponsors and local businesses, and grab a feed too!

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!

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.

Book Your Place NOW!

Book online for this event here!
Click here to be taken to secure event entry and payment at RiderHQ.


(Based on 2019 event. Updates may apply for 2020 event. Check nearer the event date)


(All racing is on Sunday. Saturday is open for practice and camping)

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 CX/Gravel style bikes (no suspension, 44mm tyre max on 700c or 29in, 48mm max allowed on 650b. Maximum bar width 600mm) and 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!

Quest Adventure, Worthing
Spoke & Spanners
Four4th Lights
Committed to CX


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