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Cannock Chase Gravel X

WS15 2UA

Hednesford, Cannock, England, United Kingdom

Sat 25th March 2023

Starting at 08:00

2 races


Organiser's Description

The beautiful Cannock Chase is the backdrop for this glorious 80km & 50km gravel sportive. Taking in a mix of smooth gravel trails through the forest and quiet backroads, this early season ride is suitable for riders of all abilities and is a perfect way to kick off the season and discover the glorious Staffordshire countryside.

Stunning off:road forest sections through Cannock Chase.
Lovely views throughout the ride on the back roads and gravel trails of Staffordshire.
A nice early season mix of flat, fast sections & some short climbs to get you ready for bigger rides ahead in the gravel season.


  • Long Route


    Sat 25th March 2023

  • Medium Route


    Sat 25th March 2023



  • Long Route


    Sat 25th March 2023

  • Medium Route


    Sat 25th March 2023


Course Details

Long Route
The route starts in the heart of Cannock Chase for an action packed first 25km on the gravel. Riding through the woods, the trails are quick and smooth on rolling terrain including a couple of punchy climbs.
Out of the woods we head north to historic Stafford and ride around the outskirts of town before hitting the old railway line that now makes up the Stafford to Newport Greenway.
The final 25km is quick before a final off road climb as we come back into Cannock Chase for a well earned beer & some food.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
Difficulty: 3/5
Medium Route
The medium route follows the long route but chopping off the very top and bottom of the course including a pretty lumpy 20km section making this a considerably easier option than the long route.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 60%
Difficulty: 2/5

What's Included

Fully Signed Route

Our team work tirelessly to create the best gravel routes in the UK. All courses are fully signed so you can just enjoy the ride.

Checkpoints with Proper Food

An epic ride deserves proper support. We have tea, coffee and cake at the first feed and sandwiches & crisps at the main feed. Checkpoints are approx every 30 - 35km

Accurate GPX Files

A few days before the ride, we will send GPX files for all of the route options so you can follow the course on your GPS as well as the signs.

Mechanics Available

At the rider village & at selected feed stops we have mechanics available to help with any bike issues. We also have spare inner tubes, CO2 & more .

Rider Support Vans

We are here to make sure you have a great day on the gravel. If you have any major mechanicals or need collecting, support vehicles are a phone call away.

Beer at Finish Line

You will be greeted at the finish line with a beer & food available from our food truck. Perfect to chat about your day with fellow riders.


  • 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.

  • 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 the middle of Cannock Chase. 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.


23rd March: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.

25th March – 7.45am: Ride village at Tackeroo campsite opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.

25th March – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.

25th March – 5.30pm: Rider village closes

25th March – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.


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