Time to dig out the cyclocross or adventure bike and dust down the mountain bike shoes, it’s the final round of the Kinesis UK sponsored GravelCross series this weekend. The final event of 2017 takes to the Chiltern Hills for a mix of road and off-road shenanigans and should be a lot of fun.
The Badlands event starts and finishes in Henley-On-Thames and offers a choice of three distances, 37km up to 69km with fully signed routes as well as GPX downloads, well-stocked feedstations and medals for finishing. Unlike a regular road sportive, the GravelCross format mixes things up with a combination of roads, byways, back roads and tougher off-road trails that are really good fun to ride, as I found out when I took part in the Gold Rush event last month.
The organisers behind the GravelCross series have actually been putting on cyclocross sportives for many years, well before the hype for gravel and adventure bikes reached fever pitch. They’re aimed at cyclocross and mountain bikes - you won’t get around on a road bike unless it’s bone dry, which it won’t be at this time of year.
With the increased availability of adventure bikes designed to excel on such varied and mixed terrain, it’s not inconceivable to see these events becoming a lot more popular.
- 18 of the best 2017 gravel & adventure bikes
When I rode the Gold Rush I used it as part of my testing of the new Specialized Diverge. I was well outnumbered by cyclocross and mountain bikes it must be said, but there were a smattering of bikes similar to the Diverge.
Here's how the organisers describe the event:
Your choice of steed will define your ride. Will the versatility of an MTB offer the best performance over mixed terrain? Will the pure speed of your road bike make up for time lost on the short, occasional off road dismounts? Or will the CX bike give you the best return where it counts?
To prove a point (or just let you fly the flag for your tribe), we’ll even include your bike choice in your results listing; so if you insist on tackling the route on your mum’s folding shopper, we’ll credit your lunacy!** You’ll have a range of time targets to aim for, with age and gender adjustments, plus everything you’d expect from our events, including full route marking, RFID timing, top notch catering and first class, friendly organisation and support.
Sounds like fun right? I’ll be there this weekend, and there’s still time to enter if you want to take part. Head over to www.cxsportive.com
The main problem is that many if not most of the pedal-assist cycles that are supposed to do maximum 25 km/h have been illegally modified to go...
That 'boost' runtime is all but useless. Come on, 45 minutes autonomy....how many people do you know who go out for a 45 minutes trail ride?...
No. The jury found him guilty, the judge sentenced him,
I don't usually reply to people making stupid comments, but for the benefit of others I should point out that it's the police who are concerned...
Wait?! Are you suggesting there is specific cycling media for each party that I'm missing (like news outlets)?...
I'd say this is only tangentially related to cycling – the fact that it happened to someone on a bike is just chance. It's more a policing story.
And less than a plurality of brain cells.
I've got a 2020 Scultura 7000e which cost £3,000 (slightly reduced) and came with Shimano Ultegra Di2. It's a fabulous bike - especially now with a...
The most common cause of fatal collisions in Norfolk in 2022 was loss of control (26%), closely followed by failing to look properly (21%).
Once again Rendel you miss the point spectacularly....