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!
We've updated the bike rules for the Elite Super CX race at Battle in the Bowl 2017. Battle in the Bowl is a unique event, merging the ever evolving gravel bike scene with the more traditional cross racing format to bring you a full on venue based day of racing on a...read more
Elite CX Race4 mile course / 2 hour duration for elite, club & league racers
Open Category Race5 Laps / 20 Mile race, open to ‘cross bikes & MTBs – Singlespeed & Fatbike categories.
Junior RacesShort course races for Under 16s
CX Skills SessionsLearning to ropes between the tapes? Polish up your ‘cross technique!
Prizes & PodiumPrize presentation for category winners, plus race souvenirs for all participants.
Free Rider PhotosDon’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.
- Event Schedule
- Super CX (Club/Elite Race): £30
- Open Warfare (Open Race): £28
- Junior Races (U12, U14 & U16): £9-14
8:00 Registration Opens
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
- 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