76km | 1450m
60km | 1100m
48km | 900m
Escape the city and head to the South Coast for this summer gravel epic taking in parts of the South Downs Way & quiet lanes around Lewes & Brighton.
With a choice from the medium 60km to the full 76km, there is a route suitable for all riders on this challenging terrain with plenty of punchy climbs and stunning long flowing sections on the Downs. A perfect summer off road epic!
- Ride parts of the legendary South Downs Way.
- Five big climbs on the long route (with glorious views from the tops) including Plumpton Bostall & Itford Hill.
- Brilliant fast flowing sections on the South Downs.
Included in Entry
11th April: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
13th April – 7.45am: Ride village at Plumpton Racecourse. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
13th April – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
13th April – 5.30pm: Rider village closes
13th April – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
The South Downs way has long been a storied ride for the off road trip.
Starting from Plumpton Racecourse we hit the first (tarmac) climb after 4km and then hit the South Downs Way and follow it over three gravel climbs to the furthest point (Alfriston).
The way home takes in some great local off road tracks and two big climbs before rolling back into Plumpton for a well earned beer.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 60%
The medium route cuts out 17km at the bottom of the route towards Alfriston.
There are two climbs (one road, one gravel) on the way out and two on the way back. A challenging 60km option but very rewarding with most of the route miles away from the crowds and some stunning views.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
The short route goes out to Southease & back with one road climb on the way out and two gravel climbs on the way back. Within 50km you will get well off the beaten track, test yourself on some big climbs and ride some thrilling descents.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: The route is about 65% on gravel and 35% on back roads. Most of the off road sections on the South Downs Way are chalky or grass. We recommend a gravel bike though a mountain bike will be fine. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. Mid April should see good conditions so a slightly wider (40 to 50mm) all rounder gravel tyre will be ideal.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route as we go into remote areas without phone signal (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.
Clothing: Mid April on the south coast should see nice temperatures but can be changeable so keep an eye on the forecast. With plenty of long descents and some exposed sections on the tops, a lightweight wind jacket will be useful. Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes Plumpton Racecourse. 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.