72km | 1250m
53km | 900m
A spring classic gravel ride in the ancient woodlands of the Forest of Dean. This stunning area right on the Welsh border is packed with pristine, smooth gravel trails and a few punchy climbs to keep you honest.
This ride is ideal for newer gravel riders due to the smooth trails and anyone wanting to get off the beaten track. Nearly 85% of the route is off road through woodlands and sections near the beautiful River Wye.
- An all new route with over 85% of the route off road on fast flowing, smooth gravel, this is ideal for all riders.
- Stunning sections through the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- A real mix of terrain with fast, flowing sections, stretches of flat by the river and three punchy off road climbs.
Included in Entry
18th Apr: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
20th Apr – 7.30am: Ride village opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
20th Apr – 8.00am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
20th Apr – 5.30pm: Rider village closes
20th Apr – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
The ride starts in Worcester Lodge right in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The first 30km is all on the smooth gravel within the Forest with a couple of short rolling sections and plenty of flat & short downhills, an ideal warm up for the tougher parts to come.
Heading out of the Forest we turn North West towards the River Wye & the Welsh Border. The main challenge of the ride is the three climbs within the next 20km, starting with a gentle 3km ascent & then the challenging Kymin Hill – 1.3km at a very punchy 9.4%!
From here we along the River Wye for 6km to get your legs back before a final climb (2km at 6%) and a fast finish back in the Forest.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 85%
A perfect ride for newer gravel cyclists or a relaxed spring gravel sportive.
This route starts with 30km in the Forest which is relatively quick on rolling terrain and smooth gravel. You then do the first climb of the long route (3km at 4%) before a short road climb and then coming back into the Forest for a fast finish and a well earned beer!
Percentage of Route Off Road: 80%
The short route follows the medium for the majority of the day but cuts off a section in the middle and near the end to make this nearly 20km shorter. With some nice variety on the off road sections & very little climbing, this is ideal for riders of all abilities.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: Either a hardtail or gravel bike would be suitable for this ride, preference would depend on the weather and conditions at the time. If wet, either a hardtail MTB or gravel bike with wider, knobbly tyres would be best. If it”s dry, a grave bike with all rounder tyres would be ideal. Please see options for this in the checkout. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: Weather dependent – either 45mm plus knobblies for wet conditions or 35-45mm all rounders for normal conditions.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.
Clothing: Likely to be fresh in the morning at this time of the year so layer up accordingly (arm & leg / knee warmers, gilet, waterproof jacket etc). Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes at Worcester Lodge in the heart of the Forest of Dean. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments. We will send the ride village address by email.
Yes, e-bikes are allowed on all Glorious Gravel ride. These must comply with UK law.
We have first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.
Yes, we start between 8am and 9.30am and set people off in small groups so the off road sections are not too busy. Please come to the start line with anyone you want to ride with, we will give a short ride briefing and set you off.