Suffolk Gravel X

Thetford, Norfolk

IP24 1LH Croxton Road, Thetford, United Kingdom

Sat 15th October 2022

Starting at 08:00

1 race

£45.00

Organiser's Description

Finish your gravel season at the falling leaves of Thetford Forest and stunning Suffolk countryside. Choose between the 80 or 50km route featuring a variety of back roads, singletrack, bridleways and gravel tracks on mostly fast & rolling terrain. The perfect way to sign off from 2022

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  • Suffolk Gravel X

    £45.00

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  • Suffolk Gravel X

    £45.00

    Booking for more than 1?

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.

  • Ride the Icknield Way, one of the oldest roads in Britain
  • Gravel sections through dense woodland
  • The perfect autumnal season ender on fast, rolling terrain
  • Social drink at the finish village

Course Details

Thetford: 80km, 500m

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 October 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.

Thetford: 50km, 350m

A perfect ride for newer gravel cyclists or a relaxed final sportive of the 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.

FAQs

  • What type of bike should I ride?

    This route is ideal for gravel bikes with lots of smooth gravel and quiet backroads. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride, mountain bikes will be fine on the gravel sections though obviously slower on the tarmac. 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 at Thetford. 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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Thetford, Norfolk

15 Oct 2022

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