The Lake District is well known as one of the most beautiful, remote and wild regions in the UK - and also home to some of the country's toughest sportives.
Events like the fearsome Fred Whitton Challenge are on the bucket list of many a cyclist, and now a new sportive from the team at Glorious Gravel will open up the spectacular unpaved trails of the Lakes.
Brand new for 2021, the Lake District Gravel Epic will take place on 18 July. The event is based in Conniston, with riders offered a choice of two tough but rewarding routes over 50km or 100km.
"The long route (2216m climbing) is a big ride even for the seasoned gravel rider," say the organisers, "but you will be rewarded with some spectacular views and trails to be soaked up if up for the challenge!
"The medium route (1150m climbing) is a challenging day out but suitable for most abilities."
The routes are ideal for gravel or mountain bikes with lots of smooth gravel and singletrack and no long sections on tarmac. Carbon gravel bikes from Pearson are available to hire on the day, with road bikes definitely not suitable on this terrrain.
Apart from the stunning scenery, riders can look forward to extras including route GPX (emailed a week before the event), feed stops with fruit, cakes and drinks, a fully marked route, chip timing and a race village at the finish where you can unwind with a well earned drink and meal.
Car parking, toilets and bike wash facilities are all included in the £39 entry fee.
For more details and to enter visit gloriousgravel.com.