Kings Cup Gravel (UK) anyone?

Is anyone racing the Kings Cup in a few weeks time? Our first gravel ‘race’ in the UK ?!

I recce’d the course yesterday and there’s about 20% gravel! The rest is long grass and a little bit of sand/flint. Very little gear changes or breaking and obviously not technical at all. However, I did think it would be more of an off-road TT but given the change in surfaces it’s likely the power profile will be a bit more spikey, using the gravel roads to recover eat/drink - definitely a preference for me!

I ran Challenge Limus, 33mm, 40 psi (53kg) yesterday and no problem with grip but it was VERY bumpy! Best we can hope for is some rain beforehand but if I look to change to a 40mm gravel tyre will there be an advantage? Any disadvantages? Any advice on pressure?
I actually have zero experience of gravel set up, I’m a CX’er! My bike will take up to 51mm.

I was going to do the short-course time trial, but they cancelled it due to lack of entries. Since my fitness isn’t up to the full-length race I signed up for a 10k run instead.

I just signed up to this because of this post! Well, the fondo. Hadn’t even heard of the event

I’ve similarly got a CX bike and 33mm tyres.

I don’t know what I’m doing but psyched to give it a go.

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I do think it will be fun and it’s certainly got big promotion but I’m not sure it’s quite as advertised. I guess does it really matter if it’s a good event? Prob not!

I’m thinking it’s a 4hr + course for the U60

That’s a bit of a bold claim. What about dirty reiver for example?

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Depends who ‘our’ is, its maybe their first not the UKs first :joy:

And that’s at a national level. No Fuss Events did the Cowal Way Chase in 2018, I imagine there’s been quite a few local/regional events put on across the UK.

Did anyone do this?

I raced and loved it! Omg it went off hard - like an extended CX race! :open_mouth:

They shortened the course which I think was sensible and I came in under 2.5 hrs which was more than enough time to be out there.

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A couple of mates in the club did. One shipped his chain but still did 19mph and the other was 5th with a 19.4mph average (and thats Strava so it might have been actually faster), rapid :open_mouth:
I think my mate’s tactics were to go off hard so it was thinned out before the technical bits.

Did you do the race or the Fondo?

I’m looking for this year and am intrigued.