92km | 550m
68km | 450m
47km | 350m
The relatively flat open landscape near the Suffolk and Norfolk border along with a mix of quiet lanes and off road tracks make this area ideally suited to gravel bike riding. You’ll pass through contrasting areas of dense forests to wide expanses of open heathlands whilst following sections of ancient trackway that make up the Icknield Way, one of the oldest roads in Britain. With three route options from 47 to 92km on flat / rolling terrain, this is a perfect season starter and ideal for riders of all abilities.
- Ride the Icknield Way, one of the oldest roads in Britain
- Stunning sections through dense woodland and pretty Suffolk villages.
- Perfect season starter with a flat / rolling route and options for long, medium or short routes depending on how the legs are feeling after winter.
Included in Entry
16th March: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
18th March – 7.45am: Ride village in Thetford opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
18th March – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
18th March – 5.30pm: Rider village closes
18th March – 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: 45%
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: This is a tough route to get the right bike for – on the long back road sections a gravel bike with fast rolling tyres would be ideal BUT a lot of the off road is on sand based soil where a wider tyre is preferred. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. If there has been some spring rain, the sand will be hard packed and fast. If it has been dry, you will want a wider tyre to stay upright on the slippery stuff.
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.