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
– 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
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 not allowed on this ride.
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.