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GRVL dales

At the Rayner Foundation we enjoy and support cycling! Whether you're dreaming to be the next Tour de France winner, or planning an epic multi-day adventure we salute you for sharing our deep love of the sport. The Etape du Dales was conceived as a road ride in memory of the foundation's namesake, and there's no denying that it is a serious challenge but, there are many who relish the challenge of something a little different, and so this year we have added a tough and challenging 100km gravel ride to our event.

Image by Irene Kredenets

Checkpoints with Real Food

A big day out means proper support. We have two checkpoints stocked with welcome food and refreshments

Image by Taylor Smith

Mechanical Support

At the HQ & at all feed stops we have mechanics available to help with any bike issues. We also have spare inner tubes, CO2 & more .


Food at The Finish

You will be greeted at the finish line with a token for complimentary drink. Food will also be available.

A perfect end to your ride!

Event Programme

  • 9th June - Event Entry Closes (if not fully subscribed prior)

  • 16th June - GPX files and pre ride briefing  sent by email to each rider.

  • 23rd June – 7.45am: - HQ opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx. 10 mins.

  • 23rd June – 8am to 9.30am: - Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.

  • 23rd June – 6pm: - HQ closes

  • 24th June - Link to ride times sent to each participant by email.


BIKE CHOICE: The route is 60% gravel & 40% back road so although there will be times when a hardtail MTB is suitable, the route is designed with a gravel bike in mind. The gravel trails in the Dales whilst being smooth for 90% of the trail do have some short hike-a-bike sections or rocky terrain. Road bikes are not suitable. As this is a challenge event, there are no prizes and we want you to enjoy the experience so E-bikes are allowed.

RECOMMENDED TYRES: A wider 40 – 50mm allrounder gravel tyre is ideal for this route.

WHAT TO PACK: Please bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We STRONGLY recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence. Mechanical assistance is available at the checkpoints but there are vast uninhabited areas in between where no recovery is possible.

CLOTHING:  There is very likely to be mixed weather in the Dales, and the route covers some very remote and exposed terrain. We recommend that you bring layers, arm / knee warmers and a FULLY waterproof jacket. Helmets are mandatory, you will not be allowed to ride without one.

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