Finish your gravel season at the falling leaves of Thetford Forest and stunning Suffolk countryside. Choose between the 80 or 50km route featuring a variety of back roads, singletrack, bridleways and gravel tracks on mostly fast & rolling terrain. The perfect way to sign off from 2022 👊
Long Route: 80km, 500m
Medium Route: 50km, 350m
Long Route Difficulty 2.5/5
Medium Route Difficulty 1.5/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 50%
Bike & Tyre Choice: Most of the off road trails in the area are sandy based soil so usually drain well rather than getting too muddy. There are some longer sections of road riding on this route so a fast rolling tyre with some tread for the off road sections would be ideal whilst a wider/larger volume tyre can help on some of the more sandy sections. The route is well suited to a gravel bike but could also be ridden on a mountain bike.
Countdown to the Suffolk Gravel X
– Ride the Icknield Way, one of the oldest roads in Britain
– Gravel sections through dense woodland
– The perfect autumnal season ender on fast, rolling terrain
– Social drink at the finish village
Thetford: 80km long route OR 50km medium route
A perfect season ending, off road cracker in East Anglia. Choose between two mostly flat routes with varied terrain and views. Suitable for all abilities, smash the 80km if you are feeling strong or discover the world of gravel riding for first timers.
Thetford: 80km, 500m
Starting from the outskirts of Thetford near the Suffolk/Norfolk border the route heads south to take in a mixture of quiet roads and tracks through the neighbouring forests and heath land of Suffolk.
You’ll ride sections of the ancient Icknield Way trail to bring you back to the finish. The area isn’t renown for hills and whilst it’s not completely flat this is one of our flatter routes. The sandy nature of the trails makes it ideal for October where the rain can pack the trails. In dry conditions, this can add some challenge making it difficult to hold your line and keep your momentum in places but there are no technically difficult sections of this ride.
Ride Difficulty: 2.5/5
Thetford: 50km, 350m
A perfect ride for newer gravel cyclists or a relaxed final sportive of the season. The medium route follows the long route until the split near the 50km mark, you can choose on the day if you want to take on the extra 30km of the long route.
Ride Difficulty: 1.5/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with lots of smooth gravel and quiet backroads. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride, mountain bikes will be fine on the gravel sections though obviously slower on the tarmac. 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 9.30am, 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 Thetford. 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 a few days before the ride.