MIXED-TERRAIN RIDING IN THE WELSH MARCHES
Cross Cartel rides are not traditional “events” or mass start rides – they are open to everyone, free of charge and aren’t on private courses or in private venues. They simply offer a carefully mapped route and a named date on which to ride and record your route completion – starting at any time of the day. All rides are on tracks, trails and lanes that are open to general public, and which we have test ridden many times.
All of our rides take place over a single day, and start on or close to the England/Wales border. The idea is to provide a self-sufficient riding challenge, but not one that is super-human or that needs unusual specialist equipment. The rides follow fixed routes on gravel, dirt and back lanes, and are fully self-supported with no event team or infrastructure, and no course direction arrows or check points – simply download and follow the route on your GPS or smartphone app, then upload your ride file after you finish.
NEW FOR 2021: Our existing routes are suitable for either gravel bikes or MTBs, but for 2021 we will be adding a ‘Back Lane Bash’ in May that will also be rideable on road bikes with sensible tyres (think 28mm minimum with decent puncture protection). It’ll be gritty and rough in places, and there may even be a brief hard packed dirt lane thrown in, so it won’t be fast – sticking to true back lanes, it should lend itself nicely to a chilled day out on the bike in true Cross Cartel style.
Planned by staff from Epic Cycles, who have been exploring this area by bike for over a century between them.