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Why not just rock up to llanberis beddgelert or blanau and go from there. Plus that “follow the motors”that rag it round the forests is rather annoying.
Fair comment. I'll be honest & say I'd be unlikely to plot a route as devious as this sounds, & it's sometimes hard getting mates together for a ride these days, so nice to have something to aim for.
Not much gravel in that video. I guess it doesn’t sound as cool to call them ‘bridle-path bikes’
SFAB bikes also applies. Gravel in the UK is a spectrum.
Thanks but I have my holidays sorted already this year
I think it looks like a lot of fun. But again with sportives like this you're paying to be a 'part' of something, you're not really getting anything else for your money. I get that back in the day what used to be valuable local knowledge was worth paying for, but it's now just a free ridewithgps click away, so now if you want to go do it you can - there's not a reason really to pay if you just want to ride your bike.
There is obviously a reason non-racing events exist though, and there is a spectrum: from £6 entry X-rated audax events up to those Fyre Festival Haute Route all-inclusives for when the Audi TTS is in the shop. Somewhere on the lower end is for example is the Hell of the Ashdown sportive which I'm doing with my local lycra brigade. It's basically a waste of money but as a group we'll be into it - I'm not sure that makes it worth the entry fee but I will get something for my money if you see what I mean.
A lumpy course in Wales that has been designed for CX bikes sounds awesome, especially as I don't own a money-pit MTB. I for one look forward to stealing the route for future use.
And can someone tell me what SFAB is? I missed it's coinage and I can't look back through the gravel bike thread due to its radioactive nature.
Shit From A Butt, aka primo british gravel
Sad this is type of gravel bike, although fairplay I have ridden in epping before and it fits
Gravel Rally by Panceltic Race Series - 80 miles & 10,000ft.
Anyone else entered? A friend did the inaugural version last year & it sounded ridiculously tough, but a decent laugh. So naturally our gravel riding group has signed up.