Liz Read – Finding my Gritopia

May 17, 2018

Keen gravel rider and friend of TweedLove, Liz Read has been taken out on a preview lap of the Gritopia route and she absolutely loved it! Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I was lucky enough to preview the TweedLove Gritopia route before it’s announcement, and what a route it is!

It provides some absolutely stunning views, as only the Tweed Valley can, along with some rowdy descents which left me wanting more – even the climbing was fun! Honest…


The route starts with a familiar climb up some traditional mountain biking trails – sometimes this climb can feel a bit of a slog, but on the gravel bike things moved much faster, which was great! I also hear there may be a few unexpected surprises here…


Once at the top there’s a fast flowy descent, which left me grinning from ear to ear, what a cracker on the gravel bike, it is fast and long.  By now I was starting to get well off the beaten track and after a bit of a breather came another extremely pretty climb, generally a fairly mild gradient, riding past little streams, buzzards, some picturesque ruins and lots of fabulous views. As the kilometres ticked up, I began to feel I was on a proper adventure, far from the usual routes within the valley. Smooth forest road laid the way for a fast descent onto a tarmac section. Gravel bikes come into their own on this type of ride – ticking off the distance without the drag of an MTB.



Now to a different corner of the valley for a bit more climbing to get to the top of the forest, and that’s all the climbing done.  There was no time for switching off yet though – fast paths and techy descending here, but all very rideable and SO MUCH FUN…   


For a 60km ride this packs a good punch – I can’t believe there is so much to explore out there that I’ve never ridden before… 


Grab a ticket for this event, its an absolute belter of a route, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!”

So, as Liz says, get over to http://tweedlove.com/2018-event-info/gritopia-2018, get yourself a ticket, and find your Gritopia on Saturday June 9th.