LGCC are unique in being an on online community/forum for mixed terrain content and an active cycling club. We formed as we found so many people were new to the discipline and being Londoners, weren’t blessed with finding an abundance of trails on our doorstep. Many who have found their way to us were looking to take their first steps in to bikepacking, and we now boast an active community of bikepackers who put on regular trips and attend international ultra-distance events. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are - we welcome riders with an interest in trail riding, bike-packing, sportive riding/racing, endurance rides and a sense of adventure.
We have club rides each weekend taking off from different parts of London and run multi-day bike packing trips and events that will be listed on Strava. We have an active Discord group for finding riding partners and arranging ad-hoc rides throughout the week.
Most rides are suitable for intermediate to experienced riders and unless specified operate on a no-drop policy – we’re a friendly bunch so just ask if you're unsure!
The LGCC team reflect gravel as a culture as we all found our way to the activity from different means and gravel means something different to each of us. The team came together when Agris put out a note on Facebook looking for other gravel riders in London to go exploring with. Responding to Agris’ siren call, Francis & Agris met each other on what became our first two club rides in Epping Forest and Hertfordshire.
Agris, founding member of the London Gravel CC, dedicated to promote human wellbeing in the context of cycling. Enthusiastic about cycling since the age of 5, when he got his first bike as a birthday present.
Has been unknowingly ‘gravel cycling’ for two decades, when smashing city roads and country trails on his old school MTB’s.
See you on two wheels!
Francis is a co-founder of London Gravel. An experienced road cyclist and club captain who found ‘the way of the gravel’ three years ago when he bought a CX bike and set about exploring. After falling in love with the discipline and exploring all the trails surrey had to offer, keen to explore other parts of greater London, meeting his fellow LGCC team came at an opportune time.
Francis is one of our South West ride leaders and leads most of our bikepacking trips and holidays. He is our British Cycling club secretary and oversees ride planning, making sure all our rides are conducted in a safe and responsible manner.
Garrett started competitive sport at a young age, taking part in cycling, athletics and martial arts. In over 30 years of endurance sports, he has competed extensively in running, cycling and triathlon.
It was in triathlon where he raced on the elite circuit for Ireland and was fortunate to stand on a few podiums.
He has also coached for a number of athletics, cycling and triathlon clubs and has helped athletes from club to international level.
Garrett has lived in North London for nearly 30 years so has a good knowledge of Hertfordshire's lanes and trails.
He's currently training for some longer multi-day rides and will be leading out regular rides from North London.
His cycling goals for 2021 include cycling from Cornwall-to-London in July and completing the 200 mile London-OxBridge loop in August.
Pic. On a lane somewhere near Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Paul 'Straitty' Straitt
He's an all-round cyclist who tried,
To keep his wheels rolling outside,
Mud, road or gravel,
Have bike will travel,
Spread the word, just get out and ride.
Dan. Special Needs Teacher. Aversion to riding on roads. Bit of a map geek. Far too much time spent with 3 tabs open on Komoot, Google Satellite and OS Maps to compare coloured lines and playing the games "is this a bridleway I see before me" and "How to get from A to B with no roads". Having rediscovered a love of riding whilst on holiday in the Lake District in 2018 and trying to navigate with a phone that didn't want to do GPS tracking, maps have become something of an obsession for me. Komoot is now my go-to tool when planning and riding.
It was Komoot that brought me into the fellowship of the London Gravel CC.
Browsing local rides to "borrow" ideas for routes, I came across an upcoming ride with LGCC and spotted it heading for a section of road known locally as "The Crooked Mile" - it's actually 5 miles but who cares about the name - what matters is it's not one for cyclists. Think of riding a road lined with Hawthorn hedge verges whilst being chased by HGVs using it as a return. So I suggested a nice gravelly reroute on a bridleway. It seems to have worked well and here I am, sharing my burgeoning knowledge of how to avoid asphalt. I'm now all-seeing oracle and like any cyclist, handy hints and titbits of local geography are always welcome.
And best of all, with LGCC being a most welcoming crew, the fact I ride a 29er MTB and not a drop barred graveller isn't held against me. You might leave me behind on some smoother surfaces but I'll enjoy trying to catch up on the techie stuff. Besides, leave me behind and you might not find the snack stop!
Twitter and Komoot handles - @CyclingDan
Seb is always ready to go riding and get dusty on some far out country lane. He has been riding bikes all his life. Gravel riding seemed like a natural progression. His favourite part of near London area to go riding is Surrey with all its trails and hills.