The Gravel Gran Fondue is an unsupported, unmarshalled adventure on the quiet roads, byways and bridleways of the Peak District National Park.
Riders have the choice of riding both or either of the days – there is one entry but the choice of how much you ride is entirely up to you.
Day one heads out from the edge of Holmesfield and explores some of the areas many bridleways, byways and quiet roads and finishes in the Hope Valley. The approximate distance is 100 km.
It is up to riders to arrange their overnight accommodation in the Hope Valley. We all have different expectations and budgets about where we want to spend the night – this way we can keep the costs down and you can stay where you would like to.
Day two returns to the Hope Valley from Holmesfield. It is shorter than day one at roughly 60 km
Based on the reliability ride format, our aim is to get riders to think for themselves and not only test their riding skills but their ability to navigate a course.
The route is suitable for gravel, cyclocross and mountain bikes with a minimum of 32 mm tyres. We've tried to pick a route that is rideable whatever the weather that covers varied terrain. We've 30 years experience of riding around this area so hopefully we'll be able to show you some of our favourite trails that we've found over the years.
We have purposely not included any feed stations at the event. We would rather you bought food and drink on route to help our local small businesses and contribute to the communities you are riding through.
However there will be tea, coffee and cake available at the end of day one. We think you'll have earned it by then !
We'll send you a GPX file with the route details on 48 hours before the event start. This way we can keep you in suspense as long as possible
The Gravel Gran Fondue will explore quiet roads, bridleways and byways of Derbyshire on 19 -20 September 2020.
We were meant to run this event in April 2020 but due to Covid-19 have had to delay things a little.
The route will take in some of our favourite routes in the Peak District. Established in 1952, the national park is easily accessible from Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.
Entires will be limited. This is to give the event a low key and hopefully a special feel to it and also limit the impact on the environment.
The event HQ is at
Holmesfield Village Hall
The event HQ will open around 8 and close at around 10. The overnight checkpoint will close at five. That will give you nine hours to complete the course.
The overnight checkpoint will be in the stunning Hope Valley.
One the Sunday, the checkpoint in the Hope Valley will be open between 9 and 10 and the event HQ from 1 until 5. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy day two.
The Gravel Gran Fondue is an unsupported, unmarshalled ride accross quiet roads, byways and bridleways in the Peak District National Park. We like to keep things simple, however to help us, the communities and the environment you are riding through we do have a few rules to avoid us having sleepless nights worrying about you.
Any riders under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. All riders under 18 must enter with their parents permission.
The event is held on open roads.
All riders should obey the highway code.
Please wear a helmet.
If you don't you're nothing to do with us.
This is not a race. It is not timed, there are no prizes for getting back first.
If you want to race go to a different kind of event and pin a number on your back.
This event is unsupported and unmarshalled.
We don't offer mechanical support so make sure your bike works before you ride.
Sorry, no eBikes
The route is not signed. You will have to follow a GPX file that will be provided.
If you can't follow a map this event is probably not for you. If you do get lost, either ask a local, phone your mum or call a cab.
Riders should carry a spare inner tube, pump, multi-tool, waterproof.
It is recommended that you carry a basic first aid kit and some money for food and drink.
Please sign on at the start before you ride and when you finish.
If you drop out please let us know.
Don't be an idiot.
Slow down for walkers and horse riders and be nice to motorists. Nobody likes an idiot.
Please take any litter home with you.
Bar an apocalyptic event, this event will go ahead. No refunds will be given.
There are no refunds if you withdraw. However you can transfer your entry to another rider.
The GPX file is for people who've stumped up the cash and taken the time to support our event.
Think long and hard about what the answer will be before you ask if you can have a copy of the route for free.
Want to know more? That's great! Give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
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Entries will open on October 1st
Velotastic, 35 Clocktower Business Centre,
Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield S43 2PE
The Gravel Gran Fondue is a Velotastic production. The event is entered at the riders own risk.