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salisbury plain Gravel X

Ride Overview

The gravel season starts here! Salisbury Plain is the home of gravel riding in the South of England with miles of fast, empty tracks & bridelway across rolling terrain. Ride this classic 75km loop from Thruxton, a perfect early season ride that's challenging enough to make sure you know you have had a good day in the saddle but not technical and suitable for all riders.

Distance: 75km | Elevation: 1000m
Ride Difficulty 3/5
Technical Difficulty 2/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 75%

Bike & Tyre Choice: The route is almost all off road on fairly fast gravel. Absolutely not suitable for road bikes, mountain bikes will be fine but a bit slow so we strongly recommend a gravel bike with around 40mm tyres.

Countdown to March 20th

Ride Highlights

 – Some of the best gravel riding in England


 – Miles and miles of fast, compact gravel tracks


 – Great views across the plain from high grounds


 – Social drink at the finish village

The Route

Thruxton: 75km, 1000m

Wide and smooth gravel roads with views across the plain from the high ground with a sighting of Stonehenge in the distance – this is gravel riding at it’s best.

Starting from Thruxton, we get off road almost straight away and a cheeky gravel climb before reaching checkpoint one at 25km for tea & cake. From here we head up to the plain for the best views of the day and a long gentle climb / false flat followed by a brilliant sweeping descent to checkpoint two for sandwiches. Then it’s a short spin home for a well earned beer.

Physical Difficulty: 3/5


What type of bike should I ride?

This route is ideal for gravel bikes with lots of smooth, fast gravel but you could use a mountain bike. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride. We have carbon gravel bikes from Pearson available to hire for the day. E bikes are very welcome on our rides.

How do I find out my start time?

Riders start in groups of maximum 6 at a 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 at Thruxton Circuit. There is free parking onsite as well as a bike wash, 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.

New To Gravel Riding?

Rent a Pearson Off Grid bike (£49)

Available in all sizes

Mechanics on hand for bike fitting

Pre ride briefing

Packing List emailed when you book


Route GPX

GPX sent to you a week before the ride with a full route description & packing list.

Feed Stops

We have feed stops approx every 30kms with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition from the experts at Outdoor Provisions.

Fully marked route & timing chips

Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.

Race village at the finish

After an epic ride, grab a pint, coffee or cake at the end. Free parking for the day, toilets & bike wash also included in your entry.

Bike rental & mechanics available

New to gravel riding? Hire a Pearson Off Grid gravel bike for the day. We also have mechanics on site to support with any issues before & during the ride.

Additional information

Package Type

Private Single, Shared Twin

Salisbury Plain Gravel X


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