The NEW Gravel Grinder is the latest addition to the hugely successful Adventure Cross Series.

When: Saturday 3 December 2016

Where: Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA

Why ride it? a flowing course mixing hard pack bridleways, quiet roads and farm tracks, that explore the stunning Surrey Hills.

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With a 60/40 split between off-road and road sections both routes suit either a Cross or MTB perfectly, whatever the weather.

The anticlockwise route starts out in Dorking and goes off to explore the vastness and variety the North Downs has to offer. First off you’ll head north through the beautiful Norbury Park towards Fetcham. From here you’ll take a turn south west and follow the course past the National Trust’s Edwardian retreat, Polesden Lacey. You’ll continue south from here for a quick stint before taking a short turn west followed by another jaunt north, taking in the stunning Ranmore Common and Effingham Forest.

The course continues to weave north and south a couple more times before the Massif riders split off from the pack and make their way towards Black Heath. The course continues in an anticlockwise direction and takes riders through Wonersh, Samley Green and Farely Green, before ending up at the picturesque village of Sheer.

A few miles on and the Massif riders re-join the Mini Massif route on the edge of Netley Park National Trust, where everyone can grab a bit of rest bite at the feed stop stationed in this area. From here, all riders take an easterly heading back towards Ranmore Common with a mix of road and off-road sections. After that, it’s pretty much a straight run to the finish.

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Mini Massif: 25 miles (60% off road, 40% on road)   Elev.Gain: 1827ft

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Massif: 43 miles (60% off road, 40% on road)  Elev.Gain: 2821ft

CW difficulty rating: TBA

Technical terrain difficulty:  TBA

Wilderness riding: 5/10

Both routes suitable for Cross or Mountain Bike

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