Glorious Gravel

North Wales Gravel X

15th April 2023 | Ruthin

Long Route

80km | 1500m

Medium Route

53km | 1150m

Ride Overview

Ride the North Wales Gravel X with some of the best gravel in the UK. The route takes in forests, rolling back roads and gravel tracks around the reservoirs in this stunning region. Choose between the full 81km route or the medium 52km option and explore some remote riding in glorious countryside. 

Highlights

  • Stunning off road sections through North Wales back-country
  • Smooth gravel around Llyn Brenig & Alwen Reservoir
  • Challenging but very rewarding ride with some epic climbs, thrilling descents & a well earned beer at the finish.

Included in Entry

Fully Signed Route

Our team work tirelessly to create the best gravel routes in the UK. All courses are fully signed so you can just enjoy the ride.

Checkpoints with Proper Food

An epic ride deserves proper support. We have tea, coffee and cake at the first feed and sandwiches & crisps at the main feed. Checkpoints are approx every 30 - 35km

Accurate GPX Files

A few days before the ride, we will send GPX files for all of the route options so you can follow the course on your GPS as well as the signs.

Mechanics Available

At the rider village & at selected feed stops we have mechanics available to help with any bike issues. We also have spare inner tubes, CO2 & more .

Rider Support Vans

We are here to make sure you have a great day on the gravel. If you have any major mechanicals or need collecting, support vehicles are a phone call away.

Beer at Finish Line

You will be greeted at the finish line with a beer & food available from our food truck. Perfect to chat about your day with fellow riders.

Event Program

13th April: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.

 

15th April – 7.45am: Ride village in Ruthin opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.

 

15th April – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.

 

15th April – 5.30pm: Rider village closes

 

15th April – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.

Long Route

The route starts in Ruthin and begins with a 5km stretch on tarmac to warm up the legs. After a short off road section we hit the day’s biggest climb with fresh legs. The 3km backroad climb through the forest gives some great views as we get higher and from the summit we stay on the flats for the next 40km.

The long route then takes us around two reservoirs on fast, flat gravel with great views as the trails cut through the forest with the water on one side and rolling hills on the other. These are perfect gravel trails – remote, smooth and rewarding.

From the reservoirs we cut through the forest before a fast section on the road back to Ruthin for a well earned beer & some food. An 81km North Wales classic route

Percentage of Route Off Road: 80%

Distance:

80km

Elevation:

1500m

Difficulty:

3.5/5

Medium Route

A short, tough but very rewarding medium route. We follow the long route up to the reservoirs over a big back road climb and through lovely gravel in the forest before skipping the section round the reservoirs and a rapid descent back to Ruthin.

Percentage of Route Off Road: 75%

Distance:

53km

Elevation:

1150m

Difficulty:

3/5

Short Route

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%

Distance:

47km

Elevation:

350m

Difficulty:

1/5

Bike Selection & Packing List

Bike Choice: With a small section on backroads (including a big climb) and most of the ride on smooth gravel, a gravel bike is ideal. If there has been rain, there are a couple of sections that can be muddy where wider tyres will be better. Mountain bikes will be fine but slower, road bikes are not allowed. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.

 

Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. A 40mm allrounder gravel tyre should be ideal for this route.

 

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 April so layer up accordingly (arm & leg / knee warmers, gilet, waterproof jacket etc). Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.

FAQs

The ride starts and finishes in Ruthin. 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.