Event Info

Anyone who’s ridden the gravel roads of the Comox Valley know how good it is. A group of gravel enthusiasts have put together, for your riding pleasure, a challenging adventure ride linking some of the best routes and climbs around. Starting and finishing in the historic village of Cumberland, the Forbidden Gravel Experience will take you through lush forests, around beautiful Comox lake and up into the Beaufort mountain range. We’ve linked together an adventure ride that is a true gravel cycling test. We’ve added in some sections of singletrack and doubletrack to keep things interesting. For those not up to the epic distance we’ve added a shorter course suitable for a wider range of ages and abilities.

Proceeds from the event proudly support Trail Bicycles youth cycling team, UROC, Cumberland Community Schools society, Vanier High School mountain bike team, and Cumberland Community Forest Society


The Route

The epic 100 km route will be an adventurous and memorable experience. With only 10km on paved roads, the route will mostly be on gravel roads and will also include singletrack and doubletrack showcasing some of the trailwork by UROC(United Riders of Cumberland).


2,000m of climbing, most of which will take place over 2 long, sustained climbs with shorter sections approaching 20-25% gradient.


Given that this route will be mainly off-road and include steeper climbing gearing and tire choice will be important considerations. Organizers recommend a CX or gravel bike capable of 1:1 gear ratios and tire widths of at least 35mm. 40mm tires may be the best choice for this route


In light of uncertainty around health risks and infection reduction planning around CoVID 19, we have made the decision to suspend registration for now. We will be considering whether we can reopen registration and/or postpone the event as the situation evolves.