Heaven of the South will be run from Kingswood Village Hall playing field.

We have the use of the showers and toilets at Kingswood Playing field. For 2017 we will also have a separate shower block to cope with mid afternoon demand, as we did last year.

family camping area will be provided, but please don’t expect absolute solitude!

Tent, campers and motorhomes are all welcome, but please be aware that there are no electrical hook ups.
Dogs are  welcome, but must be on leads at all times. Anyone letting their dogs run free or not clearing up after their dog will be asked to leave the site.
The event will be within a fenced off area. You will be given wristbands upon entering the site – please wear them at all times. No wristband, no entry.

Good food (including vegetarian) will be available on site as will fresh drinking water. Breakfasts will be available on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. Prices in previous years were £6 for a main course, £4 for breakfast and will more than probably be the same in 2017.

Last year the main meal was beef stew with Dauphinoise potatoes (and a veggie option) – no dodgy burgers or chicken dippers!

There is a well stocked Spar shop in the village (200m), situated next to a pub.

The small market town of  Wotton-Under-Edge is a mile away and has all the usual shops and pubs.

CYCLING IS A HIGH LEVEL STRENUOUS ENDURANCE SPORT!
This event is being allowed to go ahead with the kind permission of  local landowners. Please do not abuse their trust in us that cyclists are a decent bunch and respect their property.
*By entering this event, I confirm that I will behave responsibly and ride with due care and attention to land owners wishes, other riders, spectators and members of the public who happen to be in the vicinity. My bicycle is in good working order and I will wear a suitable cycle helmet at all times.
* I further understand that the event organisers do not provide any personal insurance for riders, and that any third party damage I cause will be charged against me.
* I fully accept and agree that neither the organisers, officials, marshals, land owners or fellow participants, nor any person associated with the event may be held liable for any loss, damage or injury to me or my party that may occur during or in connection with the event.
* There will be no refund unless the event is cancelled by the organisers and then any refund will be subject to expenses incurred.

This event is fairly strenuous and the route includes challenging riding conditions, including mud, sharp climbs and descents, off-camber sections, roots and rocks.  Riders should ensure that they ride within their limits.

The event organisers strongly recommend that riders obtain their own third party liability insurance, such as that provided by British Cycling (http://www.britishcycling.org.uk) or Cycling UK (http://www.cyclinguk.org).

We have tried to plan for all eventualities but route, camping, parking, catering and all information contained within the web site and to do with the event may be subject to change depending on conditions leading up to the day and events/circumstances that fall out of our control. Remember, none of the organisers and volunteers running/helping this event do this as a full time employment!

The rules of the  event.

Any sort of bike as long as it has two wheels and one rider. However, in the opinion of the organisers, some sections of the course are not suitable for cyclocross bikes or tandems.  Riders are welcome to use these kinds of bikes, but should pay extra attention to reading the route ahead.

Riders must exercise sound, mature judgement being responsible for their own and others’ safety, carry out all instructions from officials and the police (if present) take responsibility in knowing these rules and the route involved on the course by themselves unaided.

Riders must conduct themselves in a proper manner, respect all others and not bring the sport into disrepute, including threatening, abusive behaviour. This will result in instant disqualification.

Riders must be adequately clothed at all times. No naked or topless riding.

Cycle Conduct

Every rider must ensure that his or her cycle is in a safe condition.

Handlebars and bar ends must be plugged.

Any part of the cycle course may be covered on foot but on these occasions the riders must carry or push their own bike, walking to one side of the path.

Helmets must be fastened before the rider’s cycle is moved onto the course.

The following offences will cause automatic disqualification from the event.

a. Threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
b. Breaking road traffic regulations
c. Dangerous conduct/riding
e. Failing to obey marshals or the police
f. Nudity (Without prior permission)
g. Tampering with the equipment of others

There are 2 courses on the HOTS, a 50km* and 75km* ride.

There are hundreds of miles of excellent singletrack around the HOTS base which we locals ride week in, week out, but on the HOTS we’ve sought permission from local landowners to use paths and tracks we guarantee you’ve never ridden before.

There are marshal points around the course to top up your water, some have flapjack too. And special marshals in special areas dish out the (free) special cider.

Full course details will be given out upon registration at the event.

*It’s a nominal figure. Definitely less than 100km. Honest.

Heaven of the South will be held at Kingswood Village Hall playing fields.

Dogs are permitted on site, but must be kept on leads and away from the playground.

The address is:

Kingswood Village Hall,

Wickwar Road,

Kingswood, Wotton-Under-Edge,

Gloucestershire, GL12 8RF

NOT to be confused with Kingswood, Bristol

We will be using the Village Hall for the entire weekend, as last year. This means that no matter what the weather is doing, you always have somewhere warm and dry to buy cider. Scrumpy will be available everywhere and is almost compulsory.

Here’s a rough itinerary:

Friday:

Camping opens 3pm on Friday afternoon.

Registration open from 4pm-7pm.

Bar open all evening. Unsurprisingly.

Live music from 7pm.

Saturday:

Breakfasts available on site from 7ish am.

Registration open from 7.30-8.30am.

50 & 75km rides start at 9.30am.

Food available from 4pm.

Wipeout 6.00pm-10.00pm (Suitable for all ages).

Music for dancing / singing / listening to from 8pm.

The HOTS massive raffle at 9 ish.

Sunday:

Breakfasts from 8am ish.

Relaxing day (recovery day). Course markers will be removed – please feel free to revisit the bridleways, but do not ride on the private tracks.

Campsite closes at 1pm.

Off Site:

If you want to explore the local area, we are;

25 minutes drive from Bristol

40 minutes drive from Bath

20 minutes from Berkeley Castle

25 minutes from Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust

20 minutes from Westonbirt Arboretum

HOTS is a charity mountain bike event unlike any other. Run entirely by volunteers, every penny raised over the weekend goes to local charities. In 2015 Heaven of the South became a Community Interest Company with a core of eight directors.

In 2011 we raised over £4,000.

In 2012 we raised £6,000.

In 2013 we raised £7,000.

In 2014 we raised £12,000.

In 2015 we raised £14,000.

In 2016 we raised £17,000.

There are two courses – a 75km with approx 5000 feet of climbing, and a 50km with approx 3000 feet of climbing. There are cider stops en route – we wouldn’t want you to get dehydrated, would we?

We have a huge, flat campsite with plentiful showers and toilets. On the Saturday evening there is entertainment. And a bar.