The vibrant colours of jerseys whizzing by, the sound of cheering echoing in the crisp morning air, and the electrifying atmosphere of competition - the King’s Cup Gravel Festival of 2023 was a fantastic weekend.
Held in the sprawling expanses of King's Forest, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the race offered more than just a regular biking event. With lush greenery serving as the backdrop, riders and visitors alike were treated to breath-taking finishes as well breath-taking views of the Suffolk countryside. But what truly made the rides special was the mixed terrain presented by the King’s Forest.
New national champions were crowned, and numerous age group titles found their rightful owners. Yet, the King's Cup wasn’t just about the accolades. It was about the community. Families, friends, and fans came together, cheering and supporting the racers, making it a weekend filled with camaraderie.
For those who weren't competing, there was no shortage of entertainment. The rhythmic beats of live music, tantalising aromas wafting from food stalls, and the lively chatter at the events village created a festival-like atmosphere. Not to mention the expo, where innovation in biking met passion.
As exhibitors, we were thrilled to meet so many biking enthusiasts. From seasoned gravel racers to newcomers keen on exploring the kings forest and the wonderful world of gravel biking, the conversations we had were both enlightening and inspiring.
Our personal highlight of the gravel races was the final stretch and photo finish between Xan Crees (Team Spectra Cannondale) and Danielle Shrosbree (Amius) which saw Xan Crees take the jersey on the last corner by 0.4 seconds.
Until Next Year
To everyone who stopped by our exhibit, engaged with us, or simply shared a smile – thank you. You made our weekend at the King’s Cup 2023 truly unforgettable. If you missed out this time, we hope to see you next year. And remember, whether you’re a gravel aficionado or just a newbie to the scene, there’s a place for you at the King’s Cup.
Full race times from Results Base below: