GRAVEL RACES

Exeter Gravel Races

May 11, 2025
from 10:30 am

Which race? See below..

Overview

Gravel racing finally arrives in the South West. Now’s your chance to try your hand at this fast growing branch of the sport.

Our lapped off-road course is on a mix of gravel fire roads, tarmac & grass. It’s approx 60 percent gravel & forest tracks, approx 20 percent downhill grass & approx 20 percent flat grass or uphill grass. The uphill grass is a short climb that is fully rideable unless conditions are very wet.

So the event is perfect for gravel bikes but also well suited to CX bikes or mountain bikes. This race will be electronically chip timed. We will finish everyone on the same lap so even if you get lapped you will finish within a few minutes of the winner.

What you get

  • Chip timing
  • Prizes & podium presentations
  • Professional event photographs*
  • Event HQ (toilets, free parking, food)
  • Public liability insurance
  • Professional First Aid

* photos free with Sportiva Events logo at social media resolution. Hi-res downloads with no watermark & prints are available for an additional charge

RACE STATS

GRAVEL RACE OPEN

SUN 11th May
Lapped race of approx 90 mins. Everyone finishes on the same lap as the winner.
AGE 16+
Start Time: 12:15pm

GRAVEL RACE NOVICE, YOUTH & JUVENILE

SUN 11th May
Lapped race of approx 50 mins. Everyone finishes on the same lap as the winner.
AGE 12+
Start Time: 10:30am

EVENT INFORMATION

Parking

There’s plenty of free parking at the venue.

Navigation

The course is all fully marked with arrows & tape.

FAQs

How environmentally friendly are you?

We're doing our best to minimise our environmental impact. Here are a few of our initiatives. Trees Not Tees For all the events where we include a t-shirt, we're now offering the option to plant a tree instead. We've partnered with Treesnottees.com to make this happen. Avoiding Single Use Plastics We use paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. Medals now optional We know quite a lot of competitors are not interested in finishers medals so they are now optional. We make a £2 charity donation for every medal not selected. Swim hats on request We still supply swim hats for our open water swim events as they help the water safety teams keep track of swimmers. However for all our pool events, swim hats are now on request to reduce wastage. Zip Ties & waste We only use reusable zip ties. We minimise single use plastics & sort rubbish for recycling after our events. Food is not wasted For events, such as our cycling sportives, where we're know for our excellent feed stations, all left over food goes to the local foodbank. Reducing Car use In Devon where most of our events take place this is easier said than done. However at our Burrator 10K running race we offer a £5 discount to anyone who commits to walking or cycling to the event. We'll be looking to add this to other events in the future. To read more about our sustainability policies read our article

Do you allow ebikes in your gravel events?

We do at our gravel sportives but they are not allowed at our gravel races, which are run under British Cycling race regulations, At our sportives we can't guarantee charging around the course though so make sure your battery life is sufficient for the distance you've chosen.

Are your gravel events fully marked?

The Haldon Heroic is fully marked. The Devon Grit is self nav. See our article on why the Devon Grit is self-nav.

Do I need a gravel bike for your gravel events?

Definitely not. A mountain bike or a CX (cyclo-cross) bike will be almost as quick. The only thing we stipulate is that you use tyres that are at least 33mm wide & we recommend 38-40mm. ebikes are also welcome.

Will there be timing chips?

Yes, timing chips are mounted on the back of your race numbers. These need to be attached, using the zip ties we provide, to the front of your bike. Please ensure, as far as you can, that the number is not covered up by cables, bags or anything else.

Are there any age restrictions on your sportives?

Yes there are. You need to be 15 or over to take part in any of the sportives unaccompanied. Age guidelines for the various events & distances are on the individual event pages.

Do I need to be a member of a club to enter?

No, all our events are open to all whether you're a member of a club or not.

ROUTE MAPS

Gravel lap for the inaugural Exeter Gravel Races. It’s mostly on gravel & forest tracks. It’s on private land so can only be ridden on race day! The novice & youth race will use a shorter version of this lap.

DOWNLOADS & LINKS

LOCATION

Escot Park Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX14 3AZ

Event Gallery

What a fantastic event, brilliant organisation and superb challenging course, had a bit everything. We will be back next year
Jake Goddard

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