Hills and Thrills

Hills and Thrills

Gary Palmer leads this epic ride in the Stroud area. This will be a big day in the saddle, with a beauty of a climb at the end.

There will be at least one pub stop and maybe a cafe stop later on, if it’s still open!

There will be some great single track, and some big (road) climbs. If the weather is poor we can shorten the ride – we’ll just go with the flow. The pace will be steady, but please consider the 39 mile distance before committing to this ride.

We will be starting at the Shortwood carpark, near Haresfield beacon, nearest post code for car park is GL6 6PP.

Directions from Stroud: 3 miles north-west of Stroud, between A419 and A46. Follow Whiteshill/Edge road from Stroud. 1 mile after Whiteshill village at the top of the hill take a left hand turn, signposted Haresfield. Follow this lane for approximately half a mile and Shortwood carpark is on your left hand side.

There is a £3.50 all day parking charge at this carpark but you can sometimes park outside on the side of the road. Please be at the car park by 9.45 for 10.00am start.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Katie McTavish

    What sort of terrain is it round here? Is it steep and gnarly, rooty and rocky? Just thinking of which bike to plan to bring if I can make it.

  2. Kate Davidson

    Hi Katie, last time we rode around this area it was surprisingly steep in places, more rooty than rocky, but some absolutely brilliant singletrack. I’ve asked Gary Palmer, who is leading the ride, to let me know what type of terrain to expect. I would imagine it’s similar to Heaven of the South, if you’ve done that event, but will come back to you. Cheers, Kate

  3. Gary Palmer

    Hi Katie
    Basically this ride involves linking up our Tuesday night rides, which are steep & rooty in places, looks like the weather is going to be dry so grip won’t be a problem, some of the link sections are on Tarmac and there is some tight and twisty xc stuff.
    I’d bring the bike you are most comfortable on
    Think I’ve confused you enough 🙂
    Pace will be steady
    It would be great to see you there

  4. Katie McTavish

    Thanks Kate and Gary
    Sounds like dropper post but heavy will be more useful than my XC climbing machine. Looking forward to it. I really hope I can make it.

  5. Gary Palmer

    Will pay to bring a bit of lunch with you, just incase we can’t get any on route

  6. Katie McTavish

    OK, will do! Thanks for the warning. I’ll expect to be in the car park on Sunday morning.

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