Whether you crave timed competition, self-paced exploration, or starlit bivouacs under majestic skies, Dorset has a gravel adventure waiting to ignite your soul. Mark your calendars and prepare to conquer hidden tracks, refuel in quaint villages, and discover the secrets whisper through ancient pines. This is where gravel dreams take flight!
Dorset Cycling Weekend (13-14 April)
Gear up, cyclists! Conquer the Dorset countryside on April 13th! Choose your path - a charming 60km loop or an epic 100km odyssey, both bursting with hills, cake, and breathtaking views. Ride at your own pace, revel in the scenery, and conquer friendly inclines, knowing our watchful guardians have your back (and extra cake at the ready). Spots are filling fast, so grab your wheels and let's make Dorset our personal peloton!
Brother in the Wild Dorset (17-19 May)
This laid-back festival blends bikepacking, gravel grinding, and good vibes on the Isle of Purbeck. Choose from scenic 30-50 mile rides, camp under the stars, enjoy live music, and refuel at local pubs and cafes. A perfect blend of adventure and relaxation for gravel enthusiasts of all levels.
Kinesis UK Dorset Dirt Dash (25-26 May)
This event offers two options: the Dorset Dirt Dash 5050, a self-supported bikepacking event over two days, and the Dorset Dirt Dash 100, a 100-mile one-day "gravel grinder." Both routes take you around the Isle of Purbeck, showcasing the rugged beauty of the Jurassic Coast. Expect fine gravel riding, camaraderie, and stunning scenery.
DD 2023 was pure adrenaline! From breathtaking vistas to heart-pounding descents, it was an unforgettable experience. You can read all about it in my ride report here.
Dorset Divide (10-14 July)
This one is tough! This challenging yet rewarding event takes you on a 330-mile (531 km) adventure. The route will start and finish at Portland Bill on the Isle of Portland, and follows a circular route around Dorset taking in its most spectacular views, exciting trails and country lanes. 2024 will feature a largely new route and some different trails to the previous editions, taking riders across new countryside routes and coastlines all around Dorset.
We've unearthed some of these gems, but the trail doesn't end here! Got a hidden favourite? Share your secret and let's expand this list to help more riders get out there.