Routes - King's Cup Gravel Festival

Routes

ROUTE UPDATE: A CHANGE TO THE ROUTES WAS PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH 2021 AT 9AM. PLEASE CHECK THE STRAVA ROUTE PAGES OR GPX FILES FOR DETAILS (the route visuals below have not yet been updated).

Introducing the official routes for the King’s Cup Gravel Festival and inaugural British Gravel Championships presented by Canyon. 

Kings Forest is a freehold woodland meaning there is an open access policy for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. These woodlands are “forests for all”, so we ask you to be respectful of all other forest users. Individual cycling is welcomed in the King’s Forest; however, organised groups will need to seek Forestry England approval. Please note: Wideham Farm (and the surrounding fields) are only accessible on the official coursepreview  day (Saturday, September 18th) and on race day (Sunday, September 19th). Please do not ride this section of the course in advance.

ROUTES PRESENTED BY:

BRITISH GRAVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS (GRAVEL RACE)

80km and over 600m climbing stand between competitors and the coveted title of the inaugural British Gravel Champion (53.4km and 400m climbing for 60+ Age Groups). King’s Forest awaits with a vast array of surfaces, from packed pebble gravel, hard-packed sand and grass to loose chippings, pea gravel and hard-packed chippings. Skill, speed, and determination are required to reach the top step of the podium. All Under 60s racers will complete 3 laps of the thrilling 26.7km circuit through King’s Forest, whilst all 60+ riders will complete 2 laps.

GRAVEL FONDO

80km and over 600m climbing await Gravel Fondo participants (53.4km and 400m climbing for those who choose the 2 lap course). King’s Forest awaits with a vast array of surfaces, from packed pebble gravel, hard-packed sand and grass to loose chippings, pea gravel and hard-packed chippings. Gravel Fondo participants may choose if they complete 2 or 3 laps of the course.

STRAVA SPRINT SEGMENT

To offer participants an extra opportunity to test their skills, there will be a 1km-long segment challenge along the route. Offering gravel riders another element of friendly competition and rivalry as they try to put down the best time of the day to win bragging rights and limited edition Strava kit. The challenges starts and ends on September 19th and available to those entered and participating in the King’s Cup. The fastest female and male taking part in the British Gravel Championships on the Strava Segment leader board will be crowned the winners and there will also be a spot prize on offer. Further details on participation in the Strava Sprint Segment Challenge will be announced soon.