The Peakland Gravel Grinder
Two great events
One big weekend.
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The Peakland Gravel Grinder

What's all this about then ?

The Peakland Gravel Grinder is two of our fave events - the Brutal Tootle and Gnarmac attack on one weekend.

On the Saturday we'll be running the Brutal Tootle. This will we a 100 km gravel based adventure exploring Derbyshire's Dark Peak.

On the Sunday we'll be running the Gnarmac Attack. This will be heading in the opposite direction to the Brutal Tootle and will be exploring the White Peak. The route will be a similar distance to Satuday's.

The events will be based at one venue in the heart of the Peak District. More will be revealed when we come out of lockdown ! You'll have the option of entering either one or both of the events.

What we offer

Local knowledge

We've been exploring the area since a very early age. We'll take you off the beaten track and share our local knowledge with you.

By riders - For riders

Cycling is not just a business for us, it's a way of life. We regularly participate in events ourselves so have a good idea what works.

Sustainability

We actively encourage riders to engage and support the communities they are riding through by visiting shops and cafes.

The event is based on the reliability ride format, where the aims is to successfully complete an un-signed pre-determined route.

The event is the similar in concept to our previous events, including the Hardcore100. However this time we will be using some different trails to present you with a fresh challenge.

Our idea is to get riders to think for themselves and not only test their riding skills but their ability to navigate.

The routes will be around 30% off road on bridleways and byways. We'd recommend you use either a gravel, cyclocross or mountain bike - using a skinny tyred racing bike would probably result in a good walk. We've tried to pick a route that is rideable whatever the weather and 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.

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 event HQ when you get back from your ride. We think you'll have earned it by then !

We'll send you a GPX file with the route details the week before the event start. This way we can keep you in suspense as long as possible and stop you getting a cheeky practice in!

Rules


The Brutal Tootle and Gnarmac Attack unsupported, unmarshalled rides 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 files are 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.

What's on

Our big days out.

Gravel Gran Fondue
19-20 September 2020
Fifty50
10th October 2020
Hardcore100
25th April 2021
Retro Ride Out
May 2021
Peakland Gravel Grinder
June 2021
Guided Gravel Rides
Explore the Peak District with us.

Contact Us

Want to know more ?

Our address is:

Paul Gregory t/a Velotastic
35 Clocktower Business Centre
Works Road
Hollingwood
Chesterfield
S43 2PE

Phone 07986 851216

GGF@velotastic.cc