CotsDURO is an ~100km self-supported no frills road-gravel ride held on the last Saturday of June each year. It is a gentle gateway into the national XDURO trials.
The route showcases the wonderful variety of singletrack and doubletrack, highways and byways of the Cotswolds across its rolling countryside and the saw-tooth profile of the Cotswold Edge.
#CotsDURO23 will run on Saturday 24 June 2023:
There is no parking at the brewery - please take the train and/or ride. And the normal stuff... please don't cycle in a group of more than 6 people and always be courteous and give priority to walkers when off-road. In short, don't be a dick.
What bike shall I ride?
It suits non-UCI compliant(!) >33mm tyres on a gravel/cx bike. Rough bits will be too rough for road bikes. MTBs would be fine but probably a tad overkill.
The ride will be run in XDURO format - 4 timed segments comprised of gravel and road. Lots of time for socialising in the non-timed bits. Rider with the lowest aggregate time over the segments 'wins'*.
*There are no entry fees, no prizes, and there is no support. You are entirely responsible for your own actions, only turn up to ride if you are comfortable with this (see Rules for more details).
For 2023 we'll be reverting to the classic route of 2019 vintage... heading north out of Stroud, lots of singletrack, a good spread of climbing (2085m total), and plenty of shops and pubs on route (#notasufferfest). Expect brambles!
We have 4 segments (please star them in Strava now):