Off-road sportive organisers Glorious Gravel celebrate their third birthday this week - and have marked the occasion by launching two new gravel rides.

Launched in 2021, Glorious Gravel have quickly established themselves as the UK's most prolific gravel events organiser. The series now includes more than 30 rides across England, Scotland and Wales, in the process shunting former heavyweights like the now defunct Evans RideIt series into the sidelines.

More than 30,000 cyclists have taken part in Glorious Gravel events since launch and the company shows no signs of slowing down, with plans currently underway for a trip to Namibia in winter 2024.

And, although it's not yet been officially launched, it appears they're running a new qualifier in the UCI Gravel World Series. The event is not yet published on the Glorious Gravel website, but the UCI Gravel Worlds' site lists Brwydr y Graean ("Battle on the Gravel") taking place on Saturday 6 July in Ruthin, North Wales.

If confirmed, this new event would join The Gralloch as the UK's second qualifier for the UCI Gravel World Championships.

Glorious Gravel offer some of the best - and definitely the most - gravel events in the UK.
Glorious Gravel offer some of the best - and definitely the most - gravel events in the UK.

Back to confirmed events, and Glorious Gravel have launched two new rides. First up is a second date for Forest of Dean Gravel X, after the Saturday event sold out. Riders now have a second chance on Sunday 21st April 2024.

Find out more and enter at Forest of Dean Gravel X (Sunday).

June sees the launch of the Afan Forest Gravel Epic, a brand new event for 2024.

"Afan Forest is a legendary spot for off road riding and this route takes in the best gravel of the area. A Welsh gravel classic," say Glorious Gravel.

The ride takes place on 29 June 2024 with a choice of 109km and 69km routes. Full details and entry at

If one-day events just aren't enough to scratch your gravel itch, Glorious Gravel now have six Gravel Weekends, each offering 2-3 rides with overnight accommodation.

The weekends are mainly located in the north - Kielder Forest, the Peak District, North Yorkshire, Aberfoyle - but there's also the chance to ride the King Alfred Way - all 350km of it - in a three stage event from 24-26 August 2024.

You can check out all the events and dates at