80km | 1500m
53km | 1150m
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.
- 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
4th April: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
6th April – 7.45am: Ride village in Ruthin opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
6th April – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
6th April – 5.30pm: Rider village closes
6th April – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
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%
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%
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: 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.
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.