The Ridgeway Gravel Epic

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Take on this picturesque gravel ride covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. You will explore the Ridgeway, one of Britain’s oldest roads which includes hard-packed gravel trails. Tackle some tough climbs and soak up the finish line glory with a post-race drink.
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Where and when
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ, UK
Start times
8:00am Sat 8th Apr 2023
Long Route - 110k:
8:00am |
Medium Route - 70k:
8:00am |
Short Route - 50k:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Ridgeway Gravel Epic
Long Route - 110k
1 Loop
Medium Route - 70k
Short Route - 50k
Route information
Long Route
Distance: 110km
Elevation: 1500m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 65%
This rolling route follows gravel roads and lanes in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. The route heads north for 20k along a few climbs before joining the Ridgeway for 50k. From here, it's straight into the backlanes and gravel roads of Wiltshire. Finally, the route follows a quick and downhill finish.
Medium Route
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 900m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 60%
The medium route offers lots of variety and plenty of stunning views. Starting alongside the long route, riders will cut off at around 20k to cover some bumpy terrain.
Short Route
Distance: 59km
Elevation: 600m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 65%
The short heads out into rolling terrain along gravel trails before joining the Ridgeway. From here, it's a quick final section along backroads and gravel trails back to the Newbury Showgrounds.
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
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9QZ, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
There will be free parking located at the start line at Newbury showgrounds.
By Train
The closest train station to the showgrounds is Newbury station. From there you can get a bus within walking distance to the showgrounds.
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.
Bike hire
The organiser will have carbon gravel bikes available for hire from the race village.
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.
When does the Ridgeway Gravel X start?
The Ridgeway Gravel X starts between 8:00am and 09:30am.
What kit do I need for the Ridgeway Gravel X?
Please bring the following kit: Two water bottles, basic repair kit (inner tubes, pump etc.), a helmet, and of course your bike with 40mm tyres. If you do not have a suitable bike, you will be able to rent one from the race village.
Will there be parking at the Ridgeway Gravel X?
Yes, there will be plenty of parking available located at Newbury Showgrounds.
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