Kent Gravel Epic

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Enjoy the vast natural landscapes of Kent from two wheels in this challenging 100k sportive. Set in rural Canterbury, you will ride over quiet back lanes and grassy and gravel trails. Reach the finish to enjoy a refreshing post-race beer.
Medium Route - 77k and Long Route - 104k
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8:00am Sat 5th Aug 2023 - 8:00am Sun 6th Aug 2023
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Wootton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Wootton, Canterbury CT4 6ET, UK
Start times
8:00am Sun 6th Aug 2023
Long Route - 104k:
8:00am Sat 5th Aug 2023
Medium Route - 77k:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Kent Gravel Epic
Long Route - 104k
Medium Route - 77k
Route information
Long Route
Distance: 104km
Elevation: 1700m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
The long route starts off with a lap around Lydden Hill race circuit before heading north towards Canterbury. From here, it's on to the Pilgrims Way towards Ashford and features the longest climb of the day of 3.8k at 3%.
After a quick stop at the feed station its onto a mix of back roads and bridleways towards Dover. With a mix of flat and rolling hills and short and sharp climbs, riders will get to experience the best that Kent has to offer. After a climb out of Dover the final 20k is rolling before a finish on the gravel circuit of Lydden Hill.
Medium Route
Distance: 77km
Elevation: 1200m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 40%
Mirroring the first 60k of the long route, riders can decide while out whether they want to continue onto the longer route or whether to head back to the race village with a more direct route. The section back to the finish from the split is on backroads with two short inclines before a finish on the gravel lap of Lydden Hill.
What's included
  • Route GPX (sent out one week before)
  • Feed stations with fruit, cakes, coke, water & more
  • Beer at finish line
  • Fully way-marked route
  • Chip-timed results
  • Race Village
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Rider support vans
How to get there
Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Wootton, Canterbury CT4 6ET, UK
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There will be free parking available on site.
Event day logistics
07:45 Ride village opens
08:00 – 09:30 The Ridgeway Gravel X starts
17:30 Ride village closes
19:00 Links to ride times and photos sent to participants
Mechanical issues
There will be mechanics at all aid stations and ride captains to also help with any bike issues.
Race Village
At the race village, there will be toilets coffee, cake, and lots of food trucks to try.
Feed stations
Feed stations will have water, coke, cake, fruit and sports nutrition bars and nut butter. They will be approximately every 30 kilometres.
What bike is recommended for the Kent Gravel Epic?
A gravel bike tyres with a little bit of tread above 35mm is recommended. A mtb will feel slow on some sections but will handle the course fine.
What is the minimum age to enter the Kent Gravel Epic?
All entrants of this event must be 18 and over.
What time does the Kent Gravel Epic start?
You can choose your start time of either 8 am or 10 am in an email sent from Glorious Gravel once you've registered.
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