As gravel and adventure riding have become more popular in recent years, all of us at Epic Cycles have fallen further in love with this rapidly growing side of cycling. Between us we’ve explored thousands of kilometers of countryside by bike over the last decade. Discovering ever increasing areas of incredible terrain and equally amazing views right on our doorstep. It dawned on us last year that this was something that needed to be shared.

After months of route planning, test riding, and discussions with staff, local riders, and some of our hugely supportive bike brands, we’re really excited to announce the launch of the Cross Cartel. The Cross Cartel will be run by the Epic Cycles Club, and will organise rides throughout the year that cover a range of distances and mix of terrains – and although they will all be challenging, they’re designed to be fun, easy (and FREE) to enter and relaxed.

All of the rides have been mapped by members of staff who know the area well, they’re self-supported events, and most importantly of all they’re open to everyone.  To take part you’ll just need a gravel bike or MTB, plus a GPS device of some sort, such as a Garmin or even a smart phone with an app such as Komoot or RideWithGPS installed.

Cross Cartel rides have no entry fees, no support, no marshals, and no prizes. Just beautiful mixed terrain routes, great company, and a relaxed atmosphere.

The website is now live, and details of the first events have been announced. Others will be added throughout the year as we finalise the routes and fine details of these events.

All the information you need can be found here:

We hope you will join us on this new adventure – literally everyone is very welcome!