A glorious 75km Surrey loop taking in the best of Esher & Ashtead Common and the gravel tracks in the Surrey Hills. This is a ride of two halves - a smooth, fast & flat start heading north from Leith Hill and skirt Epsom, Esher & Cobham before a finish over short, sharp five off road climbs. In the middle of June the tracks should be in perfect condition & this is the perfect route to get off the beaten path and discover some of the best gravel in one of England's most popular cycling regions.
DISTANCE: 75KM | ELEVATION: 1,500M
RIDE DIFFICULTY 3.5/5
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 2/5
PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 60%
Terrain & Bike Choice:The route is 25% backroads and 75% gravel trails mostly on well maintained tracks on mostly smooth terrain. We would recommend a gravel bike with 36mm+ tyres or a mountain bike.
– Smooth, fast gravel in Ashtead & Esher Common
– Take on classic off road climbs in the Surrey Hills
– A perfect escape from the busy roads of Surrey on empty gravel sections
– Social drink at the finish village
Leith Hill: 75km, 1,500m
The route starts at the base of Leith Hill and heads north up onto the ridge towards Ranmore Common. We then skirt Box Hill before heading to the smooth, flat gravel on the Commons (Epsom, Ashtead & Esher). These sections are close to big towns and but the trails are quiet and give you a completely different view of the area.
At half way (near Cobham), we head south to the hills and the terrain gets lumpier and almost all of the last 25km section is offroad going either up or down. This is a great off road region as we take in well maintained gravel roads through woods and summiting climbs with great views over the surrounding countryside.
The ride finishes on a well earned descent before a beer & some food back at the ride village.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: 3.5/5
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE SHOULD I RIDE?
The route is 25% backroads and 75% gravel trails mostly on well maintained tracks on mostly smooth terrain. We would recommend a gravel bike with 36mm+ tyres or a mountain bike.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MY START TIME?
WHERE IS THE START / FINISH?
The ride starts and finishes in Wotton at the bottom of Leith Hill. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL / ACCIDENT?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
WHAT SHALL I PACK WITH ME FOR THE RIDE?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
WHEN WILL I GET MY GPX FILE
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.
GPX sent to you a week before the ride with a full route description & packing list.
We have feed stops approx every 30kms with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition from the experts at Outdoor Provisions.
FULLY MARKED ROUTE & TIMING CHIPS
Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.
RACE VILLAGE AT THE FINISH
After an epic ride, grab a pint, coffee or cake at the end. Free parking for the day, toilets & bike wash also included in your entry.
BIKE RENTAL & MECHANICS AVAILABLE
New to gravel riding? Hire a Pearson Off Grid gravel bike for the day. We also have mechanics on site to support with any issues before & during the ride.
Leith Hill, Dorking, Surrey, UK, RH5 6LX
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