Nine tips on how to get started with gravel riding

Whether you're drawn to an adventure or the car-free roads, here's how to get started

Gravel Week
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Riding on gravel may not be a new phenomenon, but it has certainly been growing in popularity in recent years. From bike sales to event registrations and social media content, all signs indicate that the gravel trend is here to stay.

The Tour de France covered unpaved roads from its early years and we’ve all enjoyed unique events like Strade Bianche, but recently we’ve seen a whole new world of off-road riding open up.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.