From the combined MADness that are the minds of Old Meany (Graham Foot) and Mr Dirty, (Andy Gardner) The MADAX has been spawned.

The MADAX (Mean And Dirty All-terrain Cross) is a middle distance, self-supporting, off-road cycle challenge event. ( This means NO MARSHALS or SIGNAGE).

As with past extravaganzas this event is opened to all the mountain bikers but being kindly souls,  we are opening the doors to our six-toed off-road cousins, the cyclocross-dressing and gravel-bashing children of our “dark-side” relatives, the ones that make you feel very uneasy in their presence: shaven-legged and just a little too attentive to power output and wattage.

As mentioned this is a self supporting, so find your own way format, which means you need to have access to some high tech kit to steer you in the right direction. ( We will have some guides posted on here shortly for you GPS newbies)

If you have both a mountain bike and cyclocrosser, you pays your money and makes your choice. Just remember, Old Meany and Mr Dirty are mountain bikers….whichever bike you choose, may we suggest it has disc brakes. You will at various times curse and rejoice in the decision you made! There’s something for everyone here.

During the course of this event, you will encounter some steep, technical ups and downs, with roots and slippery limestone aplenty. Plan for ploughing headlong through axle-deep muddy pits, fast and flowy singletrack, bridleways some of which will be doubling as streams, along with quiet backroads/ lanes. As for navigation, a GPX file will be sent to you 48 hours ahead of the event, so you will need to be able to download this to a suitable piece of technology, or ride with someone who has. THIS IS YOUR ONLY MEANS OF FOLLOWING THE ROUTE.

Along with your entry should you complete the course you will receive a finishers medal along with hot tea/coffee and possibly a slice or 3 of cake! 🙂


The Detail:

Date – 11th February 2018:
Event -The MADAX. (Mean And Dirty All-terrain Cross).
The Location – Start/Finish, Slam69 Bicycle shop. GL3 4FF (Gloucester)
Parking – Car park outside Slam 69 Bike Shop.
The Distance – 60K
The Event Type – A Non-competitive Self-supported off-road challenge, for mountain bike and cyclocross bikes.
The Route – 75% off-road, mix of forest singletrack, fireroad, rough cotswold stone trails and some MUD.
Navigation – GPS device, route in GPX format.
Ability – Average off-road. Accent – 1572.40m.
Sign in from – 7.30am.
Ride start – 9am.
Event profile:



All entrants must:

  • Ride a human powered bicycle. (No E-Bikes).
  • Wear a certified cycle helmet.
  • Sign in on arrival at the registration point.
  • Sign out after the event so we can account for you.
  • Have a fully working and maintained bicycle able to cope with the terrain and conditions.
  • Use a GPS device to navigate the route, or ride with someone who has one. You can ride in a group or on your own.
  • Have a fully charged mobile phone with them at the start.

NOTE: All entrants must call our event hotline 01452 690 641 (Andy or Graham!) if they decide to pull out of the event and not return to the finish. This number will be given to you again at the start. Please put the number in your phone. · If you wish to leave the course before finishing and would like to take a short-cut, use the postcode GL3 4FF in your GPS/Mobile phone app, to find the quickest road route back. · It is very important you let us know if you have left the event as we will need to account for everyone. We don’t wish to be searching the woods at night, whilst you sit with your feet up, gorging your face and supping a gin and tonic.

We recommend:

  • Minimum kit should include two tubes, multi-tool, pump, patch kit, and a masterlink.
  • Front mudguards.
  • Suitable gloves and a waterproof jacket.
  • Carrying sufficient water and food to sustain a days riding, carried in a hydration backpack, along with your spare clothes and bike spares.
  • Using the layering principle to ensure you are adequately prepared for the elements. Having fun with your mates – remember this is NOT a race.
  • Grippy tyres, for you will slide around and you will need grip to get up one or two of the climbs.
  • Getting personal liability insurance by joining British Cycling or CTC.

And lastly:

Follow the Country Code – DO NOT DROP FOOD/GEL WRAPPERS ON ROUTE, bring your rubbish back with you. Please close all gates behind you. Be courteous to everyone you meet, give way to others, be nice, smile. You are subject to the Highway Code at all times. Keep yourself and other road users safe.