Essex Gravel Epic

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Escape London for the quiet Essex countryside for a gravel adventure. The routes explore a nice mixture of quiet lanes, bridleways and byways and is one of the easier events in the Glorious Gravel portfolio. Come for some proper quiet escapism.
Long Route - 104k , Medium Route - 73k and Short Route - 54k
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8:00am Sat 2nd Sep 2023
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Kelvedon Hatch, United Kingdom
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Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood CM15 0LA, UK
Start times
8:00am Sat 2nd Sep 2023
Long Route - 104k :
8:00am |
Medium Route - 73k:
8:00am |
Short Route - 54k:
Here's what races are available for Essex Gravel Epic
Long Route
Distance: 104km
Elevation: 750m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 40%
Starting from the grounds of the not so secret Secret Nuclear Bunker make your way north picking up sections of bridleway and byway linked together by quiet country lanes through undulating agricultural land and picturesque villages.
The route will see you pick up sections of The Essex Way, a long distance trail that traverses the length of the county, and sections along the Flitch Way former railway line. Given the nature of the Essex landscape you won’t find any long or steep climbs on this ride but it’s not completely flat either. The route alternates from backroads to gravel and makes for an ideal event for first timer off roaders.
Medium Route
Distance: 73km
Elevation: 500m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 40%
The medium route cuts out 30km to the north of the long route and makes for a very fun and fast 70km ride in the Essex countryside.
Short Route
Distance: 54km
Elevation: 400m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 40%
The short option follows the other routes medium route for the first 30km and then cuts off the top 20km.
This ride is suitable for riders of all abilities with no technical sections and rolling terrain but no major climbs.
  • Route GPX (sent out one week before)
  • Feed stations with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition from the experts at Outdoor Provisions.
  • Fully way-marked route
  • Chip-timed results
  • Race Village
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Bike wash
  • Bike rental and mechanics available
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood CM15 0LA, UK
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There will be free parking available on site.
07:45 Ride village at Secret Nuclear Bunker opens. Collect your ride number.
08:00 - 09:30 Ride start. You will be set off in small groups
18:00 Rider village closes
19:00 Link to ride times and photos set out
Feed stations
All feed stations will be stacked with water, cake, fruit, sports nutrition bars, and nut butter.
Race Village
At the finish, there will be a race village where you can grab some food, a pint, or a coffee.
Mechanical issues
There will be mechanics at all aid stations and ride captains to also help with any bike issues.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 18 and over in order to participate.
What happens if I have an accident during the Essex Gravel Epic?
There will be first aiders and mechanics at all the feed stops on hand if there are any accidents. There will also be ride captains along the route to support the riders.
When will we receive the route GPX for the Essex Gravel Epic?
The route GPX will be sent to registered participants within one week of the ride.
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