Take on the very best of the Isle of Purbeck. Sweeping views across the Jurassic coast and ride past multiple historic sites. The terrain is incredibly varied, you’ll ride on every different surface and on some of the best gravel tracks in the south of England.
Distance: 70km | Elevation: 1350m
Ride Difficulty 3/5
Technical Difficulty 3/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 60%
Bike & Tyre Choice: The Purbecks hold up well to whatever conditions we may have in October but there are a few technical sections where wider tyres would be welcome, but anything around the 38mm mark would be perfect. The route suits a gravel bike but a mountain bike would be just fine.
Countdown to October 23rd
– Beautiful views across the historic Jurassic coast
– Varied terrain that feels like multiple regions into one
– Mix of off road climbs & fast rolling sections
– Social drink at the finish village
Swanage: 70km, 1350m
Starting just outside the coastal town of Swanage the route soon heads upwards, a common theme of the ride. The climbs will be well worth it, early on you will be rewarded with views of Corfe Castle then the Jurrasic coast and finally the famous Old Harrys Rocks.
Physical Difficulty: 3/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with wide (40mm plus) tyres. A mountain bike would be fine as there are few road sections. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride. We have carbon gravel bikes from Pearson available to hire for the day. E bikes are not allowed on this ride.
How do I find out my start time?
We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes just outside Swanage. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.