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Glorious Gravel: The New Forest

Ashurst, Hampshire

Unnamed Road, Southampton SO40, UK

Sat 20th March 2021

Starting at 08:45

Organiser's Description

Dirt tracks cover the New Forest making this one of the centres of gravel riding in the UK. This beautiful area is often busy with tourists so getting off road is the best way to see this glorious part of the UK. Our 79km loop from Ashurst is on mostly rolling terrain and is ideal for newer gravel riders or anyone wanting a fun few hours on the bike.

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.

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What's Included

GPX Files

Pre Ride Briefing

Two Feed Stops

Coffee & post ride pint included

Ride marshals supporting you on the route

Location

Ashurst, Hampshire

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.

Timings

Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Between 12pm and 3pm

Course Details

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.

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Location

Ashurst, Hampshire