Fire and Brimstone Update

Every Route Has a Purpose. Could be a new area to explore, a good coffee shop, some local historical site or just a great viewpoint.

With just over 2 weeks until the next DirtyDevil.cc gravel challenge I thought I would share my route building process with you all, and use it as an excuse to remind you of the upcoming Fire and Brimstone ride.

The process of creating these routes has fallen into a familiar pattern over the years and every time is almost identical. It generally goes something like this :

  • Think up a purpose for the route. Could be a new area to explore, a good coffee shop, some local historical site or just a great viewpoint.
  • Go Ride it.
  • Reroute to avoid the parts that are rubbish in real life
  • Go ride it again
  • Make fine tune adjustments
  • Go ride it again
  • Decide it doesn’t work/could be better and create an entirely new route
  • Go ride it
  • Reroute to avoid the parts that are rubbish in real life.
  • Go ride it again
  • Panic as the ride date is fast approaching
  • Make adjustments for weather, road closures, forestry work
  • Go ride it again
  • Release the route

As you can see, the route that you get to ride has gone through many iterations before reaching the final release. I try to make the routes as challenging, interesting and engaging as possible while retaining balance and flow overall.

If you have enjoyed one of our routes, then please spread the word and tell your gravel buddies how good the riding in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is.
We have a few changes and some new things planned for 2022 that are quite exciting, but until then, keep pedalling and maybe I will see you on the trials.

Out on a route recce

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