The Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series consists of four organised gravel rides around London, one for each season starting in March and then running every quarter until November. Book your spot at the bottom of the page for £20, 100% of entry fees go to our two excellent charities. The object of the Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series is to introduce and enjoy outstanding gravel riding, which exists in and around London! We also aim to highlight the benefits of cycling to our mental wellbeing. Riding on gravel helps to immerse riders amongst natural environments, into cleaner air and on to quieter byways, providing great headspace and a wealth of comradery between fellow riders.
The Route promises to introduce even the most experienced navigators to a ride which spans lesser know paths and tracks across SW London. A mixture of passable off-road and gravel tracks, interspersed by quieter roads to link to one another. The 52km route leaves Pearson Sheen store SW14 8AG where plentiful coffee and watering facilities are available. The nearest train station is Mortlake two minutes away and there is also extensive free parking in the surrounding roads for those arriving by car. The route will be supplied ahead of the event to download on to GPS devices and phones using navigation apps.
The route is not marked and for those who are not digital yet, we will be supplying the chance when entering online for the first 30 riders to borrow a new Wahoo GPS for the ride. Riders who are not equipped with the digital route will be unable to follow the course.
The route will have staging posts where you will be able to access refreshments and mechanical facilities supplied by Sportive Breaks. There will also be a roving mechanic for those in any difficulty on route, a contact number will be provided in case of emergency. The route finishes back at the store where our friends at Signal Brewery will be supplying light refreshments for your well-deserved efforts. The Wahoo team will also be at the start to help with downloads out on their bikes helping riders where required.
Pearson have three main models of gravel bike ranging from their Summon the Blood titanium, Off Grid Carbon and All Mod Cons aluminium versions. All models are supplied with a free bike fit sizing at their Sheen or Sutton stores. Please contact email@example.com to book a one to one appointment to let them get you started.
Bike setup - ideally a gravel or cyclocross bike is best. Mountain bikes are also ok but won't be as quick (rider depending!). Road bikes with clearances for 700x36 tyres with knobbly tyres will be sufficient, but it is advised not to ride close clearance road bikes as these will qualify to take part. Any other kit required: GPS or route following devices, 2 x spare tubes with inflators and mini tool. At least one hydration system, be it a drinks bottle or use of a backpack. A bell to forwarn people of your proximity (the easiest, effective and most polite way there is). LED lights if visibility is poor. How gravel riding differs from road cycling. Gravel riding is basically road riding on bikes with bigger clearances. Bigger tyres and enough room for mud to pass through the space between tyre and frame. Although road bikes may look similar and some of the roads we use will be tarmac, the off-road and gravel sections will soon prove unpassable in damper conditions. Gravel bikes offer more grip on unmade paths and tend to be more upright for better control. Comfort is key, a good gravel bike will roll along well with higher volume lower tyres pressures (usually much lower than a road tyre 40-60 psi versus 80-90 psi). Tyres range form 36 to 50mm and will vary in treads to suit different conditions. Gearing is typically much lower (easier) than road machines, with many gravel bike riders opting for a single front chainring and a broad spread of rear gears. This reduces the chance of mud collecting around the cranks and is quicker to clean after a ride. Please note: we share all paths, for the ongoing success of your ride and the event, please be courteous to other users, request passage from the rider before overtaking horses, the highway code must always be observed. Thank you.