Are you part of the growing gravel riding trend?
We have an amazing network of traffic free cycle networks winding their way through a variety of stunning scenery. These can be linked up in many ways to create bespoke routes taking in local villages, towns and beauty spots along the way.
There is a current initiative supported by local councils to make Derbyshire the most connected county for cycling in England. This will be made up of existing routes and involve the construction of new routes to link Glossop/Ashbourne/Derby/Swadlincote/Chesterfield – providing miles and miles of uninterrupted gravel roads.
Gravel riding consist of a variety of terrain, forestry commission bridleways canal tow paths, disused railways and even sections of the Pennine Bridleway.
As a lot of our gravel bike routes take in local trails and canals they tend to be quite flat or rolling, taking out the severity of the hills of the Peaks, which provides a good days riding and not tiring your legs out on the climbs.
Don’t think you need a specific gravel bike, these routes can be ridden on more traditional mountain or hybrid bikes.
You might want to give the Tour de Peak District a try? This 155 mile route takes in road and off road sections, which can be undertaken over any number of days from 2-5.
Looking for something more challenging? Thinking of tackling the Tour of Flanders or Paris Roubaix?
Having experienced the roads of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix our tour leaders can help you get the most out of your preparations and training. By supporting you on more local rides, such as routes following the Cheshire Cobble Classic or Ronde Van Calderdale, carrying food/drinks/spare and other supplies, allowing you to concentrate on the route and demanding terrain.