Amateur gran fondo cycling promoter Golazo Cycling announced they will host the first-ever British Gravel Championships at the King’s Cup Gravel Festival in the King’s Forest in Suffolk.
The event will host a series of “gritty” events including a Gravel Race, Gravel Fondo, Gravel Time Trial and Gravel Team Relay 25-27 September 2020 near Bury St. Edmunds.
The format is very similar to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, also organized by Golazo Cycling, and what we can likely expect when the UCI Gravel Fondo World Series and UCI Gravel Fondo World Championships are eventually announced.
Tom Caldwell, Director of Golazo Cycling, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the first-ever British Gravel Championships at the King’s Cup Gravel Festival. This will be a truly exciting event, which will see all abilities of riders taking on various events throughout the weekend.”
Details are still forthcoming but here’s what we know so far:
All bike types are welcome – road, gravel, MTB and single-speed.
The Gravel Fondo – 52 or 78km on a 26km loop with 129m vertical climbing per lap and a limit of 2000 participants.
Men’s and Women’s Gravel Race – 52 or 78km on the same course as the fondo with entrants limited to 150 per race.
Gravel Individual Time Trial – 18.1km, 101m vertical and capped at 500 entrants.
Gravel Team Relay – 50 teams of 4 riders with each rider completing a 18.1km lap.
British Gravel Championship titles and jerseys will be awarded to the winners of the Men’s Gravel Races, Women’s Gravel Race, Men’s Gravel Time Trial and Women’s Gravel Time Trial.
With rider, staff and contractor safety of paramount importance, Golazo plans to follow all government safety guidance.
Preregistration (available at www.kingscupgravel.com) guarantees riders a spot at the event, plus a discounted entry fee.