Seven Southern Gravel Events Suitable For Any Bike

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Kinesis UK has been announced as the new title sponsor of CX Sportive’s Gravelcross event series. There are seven events in the series, with the next one the ‘Gold Rush’ in Salisbury, on 15th October. This features a rich mix of tarmac and dirt/gravel roads, plus some serious hills, a little bit of singletrack and the iconic cobbled climb of Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill. You don’t have to have a Kinesis Tripster AT to take part – the series is open to anyone on any kind of bike that’s up to the job.

Gold Hill. Looks steep.

Phil Harrison from CX Sportive says, “We started CX Sportive events in response to a movement towards people just riding, without restricting themselves to a type of bike, or defining themselves as one kind of rider.”
Rory Hitchens is the marketing manager at Upgrade Bikes, the home of Kinesis UK, and has previously ridden a number of CX Sportive’s events. He says: “The timing is perfect for us to support the growing excitement about riding dropped bars over mixed terrain. We think UK tracks, byways and bridleways are best ridden with wider 40mm tyres and the new Tripster AT is the ideal machine to offer all-round speed and comfort on these events so it’s a great natural fit for us to get involved.”
We reviewed the Tripster AT earlier this year. Click here to read the review.

Each offers three distance choices, fully marked routes, rider support and timing, event catering and a great atmosphere. They’re all ‘down south’, making them less of an epic to get to if you live at that end of the country. The remaining events in the series are:

  • Kinesis Gold Rush – Salisbury, 15th October.
  • Kinesis Cross Bones – Patching, West Sussex, 11 November.
  • Kinesis Badlands – Henley-On-Thames, 26 November.
  • Kinesis Wildwood – Woodcote, Oxfordshire, 11 February.
  • Kinesis Switchback – Chilworth, Surrey, 4 March
  • Kinesis Butser Hill – Queen Elizabeth Country Park, South Downs, 8 April

Find out more about the events and sign up online at, and discover the Kinesis UK range of bikes for road, off road and everything in between at

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