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Cardinal Gravel Camp

Gravel Camp

Get your gravel bike and camp gear ready for a sampling of the best gravel the Roanoke area has to offer! Our favorite rides are ready for you in Bedford, Floyd, and Craig counties. We have options for all riders—from beginners who want to try gravel, to advanced riders looking for a challenge.

Gravel Camp Bedford

Saturday April 20, 2024

Bedford County has the best beginner gravel around, plus some serious climbs for those looking for a big day. 
Peaks Retreat and Adventure Center is the perfect starting point for our day of rides.

Gravel Camp Floyd

Saturday May 18, 2024

Cruise scenic farmland or climb mountains for big views. 
Crooked Mountain has cozy camping, LowBrow Collective will be playing post-ride, and the Driftwood Catering food truck will be open for lunch.

Gravel Camp at Wilderness Adventure

Saturday July 27-28

Wilderness Adventure brings the classic summer camp feel to our final rides. After you return from exploring remote forest roads, enjoy camp fun like tubing, live music, and great food. Beginner riders should join us in Bedford and Floyd to prepare for this ride.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included with my entry?

  • Well-stocked aid stations
  • Mechanic support
  • Fully marked courses for short and medium routes
  • The best routes we could find!

What kind of bike should I ride?

We recommend a gravel bike with at least 38mm tires. Mountain bikes work great too! Any bike you are comfortable riding, and is capable of mixed-surface terrain, will work great. 

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I’m new, will I be able to do this ride?

New gravel riders should join us in Bedford, as this is our most beginner-friendly option. Be ready to be on your bike for 1.5 to 2 hours with some climbing. If you are not quite at this level, join our Tuesday rides (starting in March) to prepare. 

Gravel can be slower and more challenging than road riding, so keep that in mind when selecting a route. Each Gravel Camp ride gets progressively more challenging to help you build your fitness over time.

Consider a
skills session to get comfortable with off-road riding.   

I have been riding for a long time, will this be too easy?

Our Grande Traverse and Super Grande Traverse routes will challenge most experienced riders.

What do I need to carry with me on these rides?

While we will have mechanics and food on course, you should always carry your own food and repair kit. At a minimum, you should be prepared with the following.

  • 2 water bottles
  • Snacks
  • Spare tube
  • CO2 or pump
  • Tire levers
  • Multi tool
  • An extra layer

What happens if it rains?

We ride rain or shine! These gravel routes ride great in wet weather.