Picking up on rider feedback, for 2021 we added to our gravel bike/MTB rides with a ‘Back Lane Bash’ that is rideable on road bikes with sensible tyres (think 28-30mm minimum with decent puncture protection). It’s gritty, twisty, steep and rough in places, so it won’t be fast – sticking to true back lanes, it lends itself nicely to a chilled day out on the bike in true Cross Cartel style.

There will be a new route for 2022 that packs in a few nice challenging Shropshire hills, with lovely views, and very little traffic.  More info in the spring!

The final route for the 2021 Back Lane Bash is above – either click on ‘Send to Device‘ above and select your GPS device type from the list (this is the recommended method for most devices), or click here to download a standard GPX file.

Sunday 22nd May 2022

  • Distance: 90Km
  • Off Road/Paved Split: 0% / 100% ‘paved’
  • Total Climbing: 1345m
  • Max Gradient (up): 11%
  • Max Gradient (down): 17%
  • Suitable for:  Any bike with decent tyre clearance (28-30mm + recommended)
  • Registration:  Opens in the new year

How to Register

Registering is a pretty simple process:

  1. Set up a free Strava account (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Join the Cross Cartel group (called a club in Strava)
  3. Scroll down to the Back Lane Bash event, and click on “I’m In” (you won’t be able to see the event in Strava until you join the Cross Cartel group)

About Cross Cartel Rides

Cross Cartel rides neither races nor traditional organised leisure rides. They are are similar to what were traditionally called “reliability trials”, where the objective or challenge is to complete a pre-determined route on a particular date within a time limit – but in our case the limit is all day and we have no set start time. The challenge is simply to ride a mapped route on a given day, at a time of your choosing. We will publish completion names and times for your interest, but there is no podium and no prizes. Go as fast or as slow as you feel comfortable with!


You will need to be fully self sufficient – these are self-supported rides on routes that are open to the general public, with no emergency back up or mechanical support of any kind. You need to take spares and supplies with you. There will be no rescue vehicle to collect you if you have a mechanical, so please make sure you take a mobile phone for any emergencies. You will need to call a friend to collect you or the emergency services in the event of a medical incident. And it is sensible to be insured – you don’t need race insurance, as our rides aren’t races, but general cycle/personal liability insurance is highly recommended.

The Cross Cartel has no responsibility for any incidents that occur during or as a result of your ride – you are solely responsible for your own actions and safety while riding our routes, whatever day you choose to ride them. The Cross Cartel is not an “event organiser” – we are route mappers – we do not provide ride support or event venues. Our routes are on public trails, tracks and paved roads. You are free, as we are, to ride them anytime you like, but we only publish the rides completed on a given day

Please follow the Highway Code at all times when on the roads, and the Countryside Code when off road – and PLEASE close all gates and take litter home with you.