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Events

Private, individual and group bookings available throughout the year. Contact us to discuss your requirements. Scroll down to see the planned events we have coming up. 

Full joining instructions are provided before each event. 

Unless classified as a 'social' ride, under British Cycling guidance you'll be asked to complete a pre-ride form with emergency contacts, medical declaration etc. Please see our Terms and Conditions page for further detail. 

A suitable cycling helmet must be worn.

Ebike riders may have to be patient at the top of climbs to allow those of us on standard bikes to regroup! If you’re using electronic componentry don’t forget to charge your batteries AND bring them with you!

Routes may be subject to change depending on weather /ground conditions or forestry operations.

If you need advice about what to bring or have a burning question that isn't answered in the bumf just give us a ring or drop us a message.

Our guided rides are kept to smaller groups so often sell out quickly.

 

By following our social media you'll get to see up-coming ride details as soon as they're released.

 

If you're considering something bespoke then please contact us to discuss your requirements. 

Glorious Galloway Gravel Weekender

27-28/04/24, New Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7

Limited to eight places.  

£130 pp - based on B&B, en-suite twin sharing basis. (+5% discount for returning riders.) 2 guided gravel rides.

 

Tell me more...

It’s not a coincidence that classic gravel events such as The Gralloch and Raiders Gravel are held in the region...rolling hills bisected by miles of forest trails through emerald forests and by sparkling lochs make Dumfries and Galloway one of the most attractive areas of the UK for off-road cycling.

 

We'll cover some of our favourite trails, primarily using gravel forestry tracks with some very minor road linking sections. ​

Meeting at 09:30 on Saturday 27th April we’ll enjoy some superb scenery over a circular ~50 miles / 80km route before returning to our starting point and accommodation. We’ll make sure there’s plenty of time for photos, snacks and recuperation! 

Sunday’s ride will be shorter - up to ~30 miles / 48km, finishing to allow time for celebratory refreshments or onward travel.

You will be part of a small group (max’ 8 participating riders) led by an experienced guide -  British Cycling qualified L2 Mountain Bike Leader with a current Outdoor First Aid certification and enhanced DBS check.

Who is this for?

It's generally accepted that riding off-road can use up to 40% more energy than riding on tarmac. To get the most from the weekend you should be comfortable in covering undulating terrain at a steady but social pace (with rest stops) including longer climbs and descents on solid / good gravel tracks over the distance. If you’re a newer rider don’t let this put you off, the maximum gradient is around 10% and if you want to have a breather then this isn’t the Tour de France! If all of your rides are spent focussing on Wattage or Strava times then this event probably isn't for you!

Which bike?

Whilst a gravel bike with tyres ~40mm is ideal, a CX, hardtail MTB or even a relaxed hybrid with chunky tyres would work. Patient e-bike rider are very welcome! This event is not suitable for traditional road bikes.

Where will I stay? 

Quoted price is based a twin sharing, en-suite B and B basis at a 3* independent, small hotel. The hotel has comfortable rooms, an enviable beer garden, secure bike storage and ample car-parking. Should you wish to extend your stay (and with such stunning riding who could blame you?) the rooms can be reserved on Friday and/or Sunday night at an additional cost. Evening meals (not included) can be taken at the hotel.

Anything else?

If you’re in any doubt about the condition of your bike, book it in for a once-over service with a local bike shop.

It's vital that you check the weather forecast in advance and bring suitable kit for two day's riding. As an absolute minimum to your normal kit you’ll need a decent waterproof and an extra warm layer. A spare pair of waterproof gloves and buff can make all the difference if the weather gets a bit ‘spicy’!

Although a suitable refuelling stop will be planned at the approximate mid-point each day, please bring sufficient food and hydration for each day’s ride.

In addition to your helmet, riding kit, spare tubes, brake pads, tools etc. it's always a good idea to bring spares that are specific to your bike such as a chain link, spokes and a gear hanger.

 

Full joining instructions and GPX files will be shared closer to the event.

Please refer to our T&Cs. 

Available throughout the year: Central Lakes MTB Flow 2 dayer.

(Gravel route also available; flowing trails, epic views but with the gnar turned down a notch or three!)

Limited to six places.  

Guide price: from £200 pp with accommodation / £120pp without accommodation. (Contact us for availability and group rates).

 

Tell me more...

We will share some of our favourite natural trails in the central Lake District. Covering everything from forest double track to rocky, techy singletrack – we'll seeking out the routes with the best flow! The hills of the central fells aren't as gnarly or high as the fells of the northern Lakes so consequently the trails are more rider-friendly with less need for hike-a-bike. You won’t have to worry about navigation or whether trails are rideable, you can just enjoy the ride!

Meeting at 10:00 on Day 1 we’ll travel through some superb scenery with a number of exciting descents, covering up to 25 miles before returning back to our starting point; making sure there’s plenty of time for photos, snacks and recuperation! 

Day 2’s ride will start at the same time, same place but will be slightly shorter at around 15 miles – finishing early afternoon to allow plenty of time for celebratory refreshments.

You will be part of a small group (max 6 participating riders plus guide). Your guide is an experienced ride leader, British Cycling qualified and insured Mountain Bike Leader and holds a current Outdoor First Aid qualification and enhanced DBS check.

Who is this for?

Riders comfortable in covering a variety of natural terrain at a steady pace (with rest stops) including longer climbs and descents. You’re likely to have ridden ‘red’ graded trails in a local trail centre, however, if you’re a newer rider don’t let this put you off  - features will usually have a rollable line and your guide will give a briefing to the challenges ahead.  

Which bike?

Any well-maintained MTB or eMTB. 

Where could I stay? 

Included in the price is a bed for Saturday night in the brilliant YHA Hawskhead Youth Hostel, less than 1.5km from our start point: https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-hawkshead. We do appreciate that the hostel vibe is not for everyone and /or some riders may wish for to extend their stay (and with such stunning riding who could blame them!) The area offers everything from campsites, B&Bs and larger hotels. Our ride meeting point of Hawkshead village itself has plenty of accommodation options and is only a short drive (or ride!) from the popular small towns of Ambleside, Coniston and Windermere. If you'd prefer to book your own accommodation just let us know. 

 

What else should I bring?

Check your bike over and if you’re in any doubt, book it in for a once-over or service with a local bike shop.

This is the Lake District. The weather on the hills is changeable and can differ significantly from conditions in the valleys. Check the weather forecast in advance and bring suitable kit, food and water for a full day in the hills. A decent waterproof, an extra warm layer, spare pair of waterproof gloves and buff can make all the difference if the weather decides not to play ball!

In addition to your helmet, normal riding kit, spare tubes, brake pads, tools etc. it's always a good idea to bring spares that are specific to your bike such as a chain link and a gear hanger. Knee pads are always worthwhile as a rocks tend to win against skin in ‘unplanned lie down!’ situations.

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