A gravel bike (or adventure bike as it’s also known), compared to a standard road bike, generally has a longer wheelbase, with a taller head tube and slacker head tube angle. They are strong, comfortable and handle well on a variety of surfaces. Gravel bikes have clearance for a variety of tyre types and widths, allowing you to tailor your bike to ride on the road, off-road or both. We’re big fans of the Cervelo C5 which we test rode out in the Atlas Mountains earlier this year.
If you have a road bike with good tyre clearance and could fit a 30mm tyre then this would also be suitable. You could also use a mountain bike with less aggressive knobbly tyres.
We’re teaming up with Sigma Sports for a bumper edition gravel ride, taking the path less travelled from London to Brighton. The route features a mix of road, gravel and off-road sections all the way to the sea.
We will ride in three groups – experienced, intermediate and social – each supported by ride leaders from Hotchillee and Sigma Sports. The route will be approximately 100km, and remember progress will be a tad slowly on gravel tracks, so bring some food to fuel yourself. We finish at the sea front in Brighton so make sure you also bring some pocket money for post-ride fish and chips!
Places are limited so make sure you’ve registered below to join.
Date: Sunday 22nd October 2017
Time: Meet at 7.00am for a 7.30am roll out
Start from: Sigma Sports Store, Hampton Wick
Route: 100km off road
Return: There will not be transport provided back to the start
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