84km | 460m
61km | 320m
A glorious season starter on the beautiful gravel of Suffolk. Starting in the heart of Thetford Forest, choose between the 61km medium or full 84km long route on fast flowing gravel through the forests of this charming county.
With 75% of the route off road and no technical sections, this is ideal for all riders and the best way to explore one of England’s most picturesque forests.
- Stunning route in glorious Suffolk with over 75% of the riding off road on fast flowing and smooth gravel.
- Stunning sections through Thetford & Kings Forests and pretty Suffolk villages.
- Perfect season starter with a flat / rolling route and options for long or medium routes depending on how the legs are feeling after a long season.
Included in Entry
7th Mar: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
9th Mar – 8.15am: Ride village in Thetford opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
9th Mar – 8.30am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
9th Mar – 5.30pm: Rider village closes
9th Mar – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
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 early spring 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.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 75%
A perfect ride for newer gravel cyclists or a relaxed first sportive of the gravel 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.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
The short route follows the medium for the majority of the day but cuts off a section in the middle and near the end to make this nearly 20km shorter. With some nice variety on the off road sections & very little climbing, this is ideal for riders of all abilities.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: Both hardtail MTB or gravel bikes would be well suited for this ride. We prefer a gravel bike due to the lack of technical sections and long, fast flowing kms on the smooth gravel. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. We avoid most of the softer gravel in the area so 35 to 42mm all rounder gravel tyres will be ideal.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.
Clothing: Likely to be fresh this early in the year so layer up accordingly (arm & leg / knee warmers, gilet, waterproof jacket etc). Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes in Thetford. 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.