Gravel is booming – from a steady stream of new bike releases and a burgeoning race scene attracting pros and amateurs alike, to a packed calendar of local events and, with it, the emergence of a new type of cycling club.
Following the rise of gravel cycling as we now know it, a wide range of gravel-centric riding communities have sprung up to connect like-minded dirt lovers, tapping into the inclusivity of gravel, as well as its social appeal.
The growth of these clubs and groups has given existing cyclists a route to trying a new discipline, as well as offering an accessible entry point into cycling for those who previously didn’t ride.
From casual local clubs and shop rides, to groups with a core mission played out on gravel tracks, here we delve into these fast-growing communities and examine how they offer riders something different to the traditional cycling club scene. Cycling’s inclusive discipline
As cycling’s newest sub-discipline, gravel communities have had the opportunity to build their foundations as more inclusive spaces from the outset.
The result has been the establishment of a number of gravel clubs that cater specifically to underrepresented groups, or are led by members of them.
For example, the Lakes Gravel Gang and Switzerland’s GravELLE Club cater for women and non-binary riders. Yorkshire’s Reyt Good rides are women-led and LGBTQI+ inclusive, but also welcome male allies on their rides.Meanwhile, the aim of the New Forest Off Road Club, based in the New Forest National Park in the south of […]