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Thursday Gravel Ride

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All-day adventures for experienced and relatively fit riders, that alternate weekly between steady or brisk pace. Aimed at riders with some experience who want to improve both their skills and overall fitness.

These rides make a perfect training base for cyclists considering entering some of the longer multiday gravel adventures.

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Ride Details 
  • All-day ride 
  • Meet points will be decided a couple of weeks ahead and be posted on the calendar, on Instagram and Facebook, and emailed to all riders on the preceding Friday.
  • Meet at 9.30 am
  • Finish by 5 to 6 pm
  • Steady pace - average 8 to 10 mph 
  • 40 to 60 miles (60/100km) depending on conditions and pace
  • Singletrack, gravel paths, hills and some technical trails
  • Typically riding on a Red Route and Blue Routes

    Is this ride for me? 

    Just like ski runs, all our rides are graded from easy Green rides to Black routes for expert riders.

    Green Easy Rides: You need to be able to ride a bike for a couple of hours at an easy pace, these rides have few hills, cycling on a combination of quiet roads, cycle paths and non-challenging dirt trails. Suitable for almost any type of bike including e-bikes and hybrids these rides are generally between 10 and 20 miles (16-30 km) long.

    Blue Steady Rides: You should have some offroad riding experience and be able to ride gentle hills. These rides are on quiet roads and non-challenging trails which can be ridden on most bikes including hybrids and e-bikes fitted with all-terrain tyres. Taken at a steady pace, these rides are generally between 20 and 30 miles (32-48km) long

    Red Challenging Rides: At approx. 40-50 miles (60-75km) you need to have a degree of fitness and experience riding off the road as these rides will encounter hills and some tricky dirt trails. Ideally, you need a gravel, cyclocross bike or MTB. (off-road e-bikes welcome)

    Black Expert Rides: Shameless geared towards the experienced off-road rider, these are physically challenging rides taken at pace encountering a multitude of different surfaces and trails. You need to have a gravel, cyclocross bike or MTB and be prepared to ride 80 miles (120km) in a day.

    Before you book, double-check the grade of the ride - I'll be brutally honest, you'll need a degree of fitness and bike handling skills to join a red ride. If in doubt, start with a blue ride and see how you get on! 

    Is my bike OK for this ride? 

    All our rides are graded from Easy Green rides through to Black rides aimed at expert riders, see the section above “Is this ride for me” for more detail.

    Green Easy rides: Most bikes including commuter, hybrid, gravel, cyclocross or MTB bikes as well as most e-bikes.

    Blue Steady Rides: Hybrids fitted with all-terrain tyres, gravel, cyclocross or MTB bikes as well as off-road e-bikes.

    Red Challenging Rides: Gravel, cyclocross MTB and off-road e-bikes

    Black Expert rides: Gravel, cyclocross MTB

    There will be a basic bike check before each ride to ensure riders' safety, so please make sure your bike is in good condition.

    If in doubt, please get your bike checked over by a competent mechanic or bike shop before the ride. Here is a list of local bike shops we're happy to recommend. 

    Remember to plan ahead, many bike shops are very busy and service slots are often booked out in advance.

    What do I need to bring?
    • Helmet (wearing helmets is a must on our rides)
    • Spare inner tube
    • Snacks and Water
    • Rain jacket (if required)
    • Suitably warm/cool clothing for the weather
    • Sunscreen (as necessary)
    What's included in the price?
    • Guide for the entire ride
    • Coaching hints and skill tips about 'off road' cycling
    • Pre-ride bike and helmet safety checks
    • Fixing mechanical faults/punctures where possible

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