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Glorious Gravel: The New Forest
Ashurst, HampshireUnnamed Road, Southampton SO40, UK
Sat 20th March 2021
Starting at 08:45
The course is 60% on gravel & 40% on the quiet roads with the highlights being the rolling terrain around Fritham, where the path opens up to sweeping views & a great stretch of gravel between Ringwood & Lyndhurst before we head back to a pub finish for a social pint.
Pre Ride Briefing
Two Feed Stops
Coffee & post ride pint included
Ride marshals supporting you on the route
How To Get There
By Car: Ashurst is situated off the A35 between Southampton and Lyndhurst. If you leave the M27 at Junction 3 and turn onto M271 towards Southampton and the Docks, after a short while, you will need to then turn right at the end of this road and onto the A35. Follow in the direction of Lyndhurst and you soon arrive in Ashurst.
By Rail: Ashurst rail station has trains from London and Poole arriving at 40mins past the hour in both directions.
By Bus: The Bluestar 6 bus runs between Southampton and Lymington stopping at Ashurst hourly Monday to Saturday and two hourly on Sundays - click here for timetables.
Start Time : From 7.45am
Finish time : Between 12pm and 3pm
A rolling 79km loop from Ashurst taking in some of the best gravel tracks in the New Forest. Perfect for new & experienced gravel riders alike, the route alternates between tarmac & gravel, mostly on wider tracks with few technical sections. Some of the best gravel riding of the route is around Fritham. The route first winds through densely wooded forest and a few punchy ‘climbs’. After a little while the trees clear to expose views across the whole Fritham plain. After this the track opens up to sweeping views between Ringwood & Lyndhurst before a quick section home for a beer.
Preparing For The Ride
Our events are open to all off-road bikes. While it is aimed primarily at gravel & adventure bikes, which are essentially fat tyred drop bar bikes, you are also most welcome on a mountain bike or cyclocross bike. We recommend a tyre width of 33+mm for most for our rides.
What to bring: You will be further from van support or facilities you would find in most towns than with our road trips, so it is advisable to take a little more with you: GPS device with route loaded; spare tube or tubeless plug, pump and/or CO2, mini tool, jacket and/or additional layers
We will email you the GPX route & a full breakdown of the route one week before the ride. Our route director will then be at the start to give you last minute advice and tips. You will be asked to select a start window which we will then confirm one week before the ride to ensure you roll out in group sizes based on current restrictions.