We entered the British Gravel Championships and it was brutally fun

We lined up with Britain's top gravel hitters to find out what it’s really like trying to hold on to the pace in a fast and flat five-lap, 76.5km race

Image shows Anna Abram competing at the British Gravel Championships at the King's Cup Gravel.
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)

“I just drilled it for about a lap at the start because I knew it would split it to hell,” the newly crowned women’s British Gravel Champion, Danni Shrosbree, told me after the race. Uh-huh, yeah that hurt, I felt that.

Great racing, great atmosphere and a great course - hard-pack chalky doubletrack mixed in with sandy sectors and wooded trails - yes, for the second year running, the fast and flat course of the King’s Cup Gravel in Suffolk was the event to crown the country’s gravel champions.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg