Wight Roads Gravel Epic

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Wight Roads Gravel Epic
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Embrace panoramic views across the Isle of Wight and the Solent in this gravel event. With a mix of back roads, gravel trails, and bridleways, riders will love the lesser visited but well worth it, ride through the Isle of Wight.
Long Route - 110k, Medium Route - 70k and Short Route - 52k
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Sat, 3 Jun 2023
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Freshwater, UK
Start times
Saturday, 3 Jun 2023
Long Route - 110k: 8:00 amMedium Route - 70k: 8:00 amShort Route - 52k: 8:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Wight Roads Gravel Epic
Long Route - 110k
Medium Route - 70k
Short Route - 52k
Route information
Long Route
Distance: 110km
Elevation: 1750m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
Starting in Freshwater, riders start with a punchy 20k straight out of town into 3 off-road climbs towards Newport. Here, riders can enjoy a feed stop before rolling across gravel and backroads and tackling the toughest climb of the day around Ventnor - the first at 1.3k and averaging 10%, the other 3.4k at 4%.
The final 25k takes riders north along the west coast and it's here you can relax along the mostly downhill sections before one last climb into Freshwater.
Medium Route
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1250m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
Following the long route for the first 20k, riders will skip the eastern loop and head south towards Ventnor for the first big climbs. Next a quick 25k will take riders along the west coast home.
Short Route
Distance: 52km
Elevation: 1050m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 60%
A stunning and varied 50k option. The route follows the long course for 20km towards Newport and then heads back to the west coast along different gravel trails before hitting the coastal roads near the end. Rolling throughout, this is a relatively short ride but definitely packs a punch.
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
Freshwater, UK
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There will be free on-site parking available on the day.
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 is the best bike for the Wight Roads Gravel Epic?
It is recommended to have a gravel bike with 40mm tyres. The tracks should be dry.
How do I find out my start time for the Wight Roads Gravel Epic?
The race starts at 8am and the start line is open until 9:30am.
What happens if i have a mechanical problem with my bike at the Wight Roads Gravel Epic?
There will be mechanics at all feed stops to help you and ride captains along the route to offer support, make sure to bring a basic repair kit for small incidences.
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