A beautiful 80km gravel ride in the East Midlands. Most of the route is on fast & flat(ish) forest tracks in the glorious Sherwood Forest. Suitable for experienced off roaders or riders new to the gravel and an ideal early season big ride.
Distance: 80km | Elevation: 650m
Ride Difficulty 2/5
Technical Difficulty 1/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 80%
Terrain & Bike Choice:A mostly off road route on fast and flat forest tracks, this event is ideal for gravel bikes with 40mm all round tyres. A mountain bike will be fine but slower, road bikes are not suitable.
Countdown to April 16th
– Beautiful woodland tracks in Sherwood Forest
– Great first off roader for newer gravel riders on a remote but un-technical course
– Epic start & finish at Clipstone Colliery
– Social drink at the finish village
Clipstone (nr Mansfield): 80km, 650m
We start at Clipstone Colliery with huge mining towers that you can see for miles. We are onto the gravel straight away on this route that stays within Sherwood Forest for the majority of the 80km course. The start is rolling but fast on un-technical forest paths before a short road climb at 22km.
After a feed stop, we head east and then up to near Worksop on the lumpiest part of the route. While this is a quick course, there is very little true flat so you will be constantly pedalling.
From the second & final feed back to the start takes in some lovely open farmland, a nice compliment to the forest tracks. There is a short off road climb back into Clipstone for a well earned beer & food.
Physical Difficulty: 2/5
What type of bike should I ride?
A mostly off road route on fast and flat forest tracks, this event is ideal for gravel bikes with 40mm all round tyres. A mountain bike will be fine but slower, road bikes are not suitable. E bikes are very welcome on our rides.
How do I find out my start 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 in Clipstone, near Mansfield. There is free parking onsite as well as 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.