RIDE OVERVIEW A glorious summer day on the amazing Salisbury Plain - the home of gravel riding in the South of England. With miles of fast, empty gravel tracks on MOD land and views of the rolling countryside, this is gravel riding at it's best. NEW for summer 21, choose between a 100km or 70km route for a true summer gravel epic. DISTANCE: 70KM | ELEVATION: 899M RIDE DIFFICULTY 3/5 TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 2/5 PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 89%Bike & Tyre Choice: The route is almost all off road on fairly fast gravel. Absolutely not suitable for road bikes, mountain bikes will be fine but a bit slow so we strongly recommend a gravel bike with around 40mm tyres. THE ROUTE Thruxton: 70km, 899mWhat a place to ride it is! Wide and smooth gravel roads with views across the plain from the high ground with a sighting of Stonehenge in the distance. The
WHAT This 'Explorer' event will challenge experienced MTB/gravel bikepacking teams in the rugged terrain west of Loch Lomond between Tarbet and Oban over five days. Teams of four, on mountain or gravel bikes, compete to locate checkpoints hidden along the numerous roads, gravel tracks and mountain trails. Teams will select their own routes, moving together and sometimes in pairs to gather as many checkpoints as possible in the set time. Strategy, planning and route selection will be key to success. Teams will need to be self-sufficient, with light bike camping gear, choosing when to rest and when to press on.Currently, places are limited to six teams to ensure the event complies with COVID19 regulations and teams should be in a self-contained 'bio-bubble'. WHO Team of four people experienced in:Bikepacking with elements up to MTB 'Red Run' level of difficulty. Travelling up to 50-100km a day depending on route selection and level of enthusiasm,
RIDE OVERVIEW One of the best gravel loops in England taking in two iconic sections - the Pennine Way and the ancient Salter Fell Road. This is a very wild ride with parts a long way from a paved road. The views throughout are spectacular as we take in the Forest of Bowland & Yorkshire Dales. A northern classic.DISTANCE: 103KM | ELEVATION: 2126M RIDE DIFFICULTY 4.5/5 TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 4/5 PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 50%Bike & Tyre Choice: The route is 50% on quiet lanes and 50% on more technical gravel & off road tracks. It is designed for gravel bikes, we suggest 40mm or wider tyres. A mountain bike will be fine on the off road sections but obviously slower on the 50km of tarmac. Road bikes are not suitable. RIDE HIGHLIGHTSRide the legendary 23km Salter Fell Road Enjoy the beauty of the Forest of Bowland Drop into Yorkshire
Wish One - August 28/29th 2020 Wish One is a french cycling brand based in the department of Aveyron. When Maxime Poisson and François-Xavier Blanc founded the company their ultimate goal was to inspire people to ride their bike. Human is at the center of the project because they believe that bicycle is a great vector of progress for the humanity. They organized a durable eco-system to design unique bicycles in terms of design and performance.They also thought about how to create new inspiration for the cycling practice, their goal was to explore new way of approaching cycling : far away from the busy roads, in beautiful scenery… while making it epic, challenging and fun. It’s where the idea of creating the Wish One 130 started.The Wish One 130 «des Causses à l’Aubrac» The Wish One 130 is an ultimate cycling race composed of a mixture of rustic asphalted roads and pure
The area is well known to mountain bikers and boasts around 24,000 acres of woodland to explore. We have organized social rides in the Forest for over a year, but found that the single group format was presenting a barrier to many who were unsure of the pace or distance involved. That is the beauty of this new format. You start when you like, rest when you like and travel at your own pace. Riding the route on a single day should help to keep some of the social elements of previous rides.Self-supported and self-paced; there are no entry fees, no marshals, no route markers, no feed stations and no mechanical or first aid support. All we supply are great routes along the best gravel paths, lanes and byways that the Forest has to offer.The series will kick off with ‘A Sunday in Hell’ on July 5 th. This is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gYgM0iYmNI Surly Dunoon Dirt DashA week-long festival celebrating the outdoors in and around Dunoon will be held for the first time in the town on Scotland’s Adventure Coast from 27 September to 5 October 2019. The festival provides a week packed with activities for those who love the fresh air and adventure, including walking, running, mountain biking, bikepacking, fishing, sailing and inspiring talks.The festival starts with a two-day bikepacking event on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September, the Surly Dunoon Dirt Dash, which attracts riders from across the UK, including Jenny Tough, the first woman to finish the Silk Road Mountain Race in 2018, Steve Bate MBE, Double Paralympic Champion and World Champion, Jon Gildea, Double Paralympic World Champion and Jason Miles, two times Strathpuffer winner. Charlie Hobbs, former Bikemonger, and Markus Stitz, singlespeed around the world cyclist, have created an event which will send riders on a scenic 81 mile (131 km)
The Manawatu region in the north island of New Zealand, is well known for hosting enduring sporting events. The annual Gravel and Tar Classic for professional male cyclists introduced two new events this year - Gravel and Tar La Femme (for professional women cyclists) and the Manawatu Slicks and Stones 100 for amateur cyclists.The Manawatū Slicks and Stones 100 is steering to become an illustrious event on the NZ national sporting calendar. It is open for amateur cyclists on the same day as the professional races, and travels over a similar gravel and tar circuit. Already touted as ‘one of the toughest events in the Southern Hemisphere’ – it’s expected to become a ‘mark your calendar’ event for amateur cyclists seeking the ultimate sporting challenge.A participant in this year’s Slicks and Stones commented afterwards that the event was excellent with a fantastic group of riders who were friendly and helpful.