Gravel Grit Laguna is a special event for us as Grove's founder, Dave, was part of the pioneering trio that scoped the original Gravel Grit course through the Watagans and helped join together the legends at Cyclist and Bicycle Network who turned an idea from a post-commute coffee into one of NSW's premier gravel events.
Now in its 3rd year, Gravel Grit Laguna once again offers 67km or 76km route options on Sunday 27th October while adding a weekend-long option with overnight camping, dinner at the Great Northern Trading Post, BBQ breakfast and more time to explore the roads less ridden through the beautiful Hunter Valley region.
If you're making a weekend of it, you're welcome to join us for a little Grove Grind warm-up ride on Saturday arvo. We'll roll out at 2 pm, taking on a 40km gravel loop from the Great Northern Trading Post (the same location as Sunday's ride start/finish), heading west into Yango State Forest before descending back down to Laguna to carb-load for Sunday's ride.
The Strava Route can be found here, courtesy of Cyclist Australia/NZ Magazine.
This is not a sanctioned event, just a group of like-minded individuals going for a ride together. The ride is unsupported, so you'll need to be self-sufficient and well prepared. Key things you should consider are:
- Appropriate bike. Gravel/CX bikes will be optimal. MTBs are welcome. Road bikes are not recommended.
- Suitable tyre set up. Sections of the route encounter corrugated, rocky and sandy surfaces. We recommend a minimum tyre width of 32mm, but you’ll have more fun, control and flat-free speed with 40mm or more. Tubeless is highly recommended.
- Food & water. Expect to be riding for 2 to 3 hours. There is no water refill opportunity, so you need to carry enough water and snacks to get you through the ride.
- Know the route. This ride is not guided and groups may spread out. It is your responsibility to know where you are and where you’re going. The routes can be found on Strava (above) and the GPX files can be downloaded here. If you need help getting the route on your GPS device, please send us an email and we’d be happy to help.
- Be safe & courteous. The roads are open, there is no route signage and you should expect to see some vehicles. Road rules apply. Don’t be a knob.
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