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Northumberland Gravel Epic

Hexham, Northumberland

Hexham, England, United Kingdom

Sat 24th September 2022

Starting at 08:00

1 race

£45.00

Organiser's Description

A glorious 100km loop in stunning Northumberland. Taking in a great variety of terrain and landscapes, this is the far north of England at it's beautiful best. With a couple of punchy climbs and long, rolling sections, this is an idyllic long day out in late summer / early autumn.

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  • Northumberland Gravel Epic

    £45.00

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  • Northumberland Gravel Epic

    £45.00

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What's Included

ROUTE GPX
GPX sent to you a week before the ride with a full route description & packing list.

FEED STOPS
We have feed stops approx every 30kms with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition.

FULLY MARKED ROUTE & TIMING CHIPS
Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.

RACE VILLAGE AT THE FINISH
After an epic ride, grab a pint, coffee or cake at the end. Free parking for the day, toilets & bike wash also included in your entry.

BIKE RENTAL & MECHANICS AVAILABLE
New to gravel riding? Hire a gravel bike for the day. We also have mechanics on site to support with any issues before & during the ride.

  • Tackle the stunning and remote Waskerley Way Railway Path
  • Beautiful scenery around Derwent Reservoir
  • Top 100 climb in Cuthbert’s Hill, 2.8km at 5.4%
  • Social drink at the finish village

Course Details

Hexham: 100km, 1,800m

We start in Hexham with some tarmac and gradual climbing to warm the legs. The first gravel section is along the fireroads of Slaley Forest before descending to the edge of Derwent Reservoir. A switchbacked tarmac climb takes riders into the Pennines and onto the old Waskerley Railway line with 20km of uninterrupted gravel and an optional refuel stop at the Parkhead Station Tea Rooms. The Top 100 climb of Cuthbert’s Hill is the next challenge before rolling into the beautiful village of Blanchland. We then head onto a gravel climb back to Slaley Forest before a wild ride across the moors and some welcome tarmac home.

FAQs

  • What type of bike should I ride?

    A real mix in terrain and 50% of the route being on backroads makes this a tough event to get the “right” bike for. Most of the off road sections are on nice, fast gravel but there are some heavier sections where a hardtail would be more comfortable. E bikes are very welcome on our rides.

  • 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 Hexham. 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.

ride highlights

– Stunning off road sections through North Wales back-country

– Smooth gravel around Llyn Brenig & Alwen Reservoir

– Perfect early season ride with climbs all at the start of the 75km course

– Social drink at the finish village

faqs

WHAT TYPE OF BIKE SHOULD I RIDE?
The route is 40% backroads and 60% gravel trails with a couple of short hike-a-bike sections. We would recommend a gravel bike with 40mm tyres if you are experienced & a good bike handler or a MTB for everyone else.

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 Ruthin. 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.

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