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Oakamoor, Staffordshire Moorlands










After the feedback from the 2018 event we simply had to put Falling Leaves on again in 2019.  After all, riding through the changing seasons on some cracking trails in a wonderful part of the country is pretty ace. 


We have some route tweeks planned but you can still expect the same belting mix of terrain:  Quiet lanes, big-ass climbs, rooty bits, rocky bits, swoopy singletrack, probably that bumpy field too!  So come along and get your #gnarmac on with us & get your entries in lickety-split!  

This event kind of pre-dated the current trend for adventure-X/ gravel grinder/long cyclocross/multi-terrain/gnarmac/enduroad rides.  After a few years in hibernation it came back with a bang in 2018.  Fans of challenging multi-surface riding will not be disappointed with what we have in store for you.

The Routes

Both routes start and finish at Oakamoor Cricket Club and take in a whole host of track & trails made up of quiet lanes with grass up the middle, bridleways, disused railway lines, gravelly bits, gnarmac, grassy climbs and more.  There's up and downs as well as a good dollop of rooty stuff, singletrack and maybe even some mud to keep your bike handling skills sharp.

We've loved planning and riding these route so we're confident you'll have a blast out there.  The rides are based in and around the Churnet Valley and creeps into the Peak District.  The Peak is well known as a riding hotspot, but it's the treasures of the little known Churnet that really makes this ride... it's a gem.

The long route is about 75km in length, with two feed stations.

The shorter route is 42km in length, with two feed stations.

These might not seem like massive distances, but don't be fooled, the rides are great fun but are physically testing so can take a while to complete (just check out last year's ride times).

GPX files of the routes will be emailed to participants one week before the event and navigable maps will be available at registration.

What to Expect

What to Expect in return for your hard earned cash

The Falling Leave Rough Ride costs £27 to enter (plus a small admin fee that we can't avoid).  We have done our upmost to ensure you get plenty of value for money on your ride, so here's what to expect.

  • A choice of challenging routes, with maps & GPX files

  • A rather splendid limited edition Falling Leaves cycling cap for taking part, worth £14.99

  • Chip timing (brought in following rider feedback)

  • A finisher's brew (tea or coffee)

  • Mobile mechanic 

  • First aid

  • Well stocked feed stations

  • Quality catering at the start/finish

  • Event photos

  • Probably some other nice freebies in a bag

We might even have a bar open at the finish and some additional entertainments, but we'll let you know about that.


We know you understand the wonders of a good bit of Gnarmac but some folk out there are of a lower intellect than your good self.  Help them out a little by strutting around in one of our lovely Tees explaining what it's all about with the dictionary definition of Gnarmac emblazoned on the front. 

These are going to be available in limited quantities so let us know when you enter if you want one.  Made from a nice quality Fruit of the Loom baseball tee & a very reasonable £15 each.

If you can't make it to this year's event but would still like one of these please drop us an email & we can work out postage & get one out to you.

Event Details

What, Where, When - Things you should know, take note of and be aware of;


Date: 27th October 2019

Where: Oakamoor Cricket Club, ST10 3AH

When: Car park is open from 7:30am

Riders can sign on between 8:00am & 9:30am

Riders can start their ride between 8:00am & 9:30am.  Riders will be set off in waves of no more than 20.

All riders must be over 16 years of age on the day of the ride.

When you finish, you must sign out again at registration.

Riders must have either a GPS loaded with the route or a map with them.  There will be signage on the route but do not rely on this as your primary source of navigation.

All riders must wear a helmet.

All rider must have a bell - we will be riding on a lot of trails that are open to multiple users.  Be considerate, use your bell to politely let others know you are coming.

This is NOT a race.  This is a challenge ride, you could call it a multi-surfaced reliability ride if you like.

Feed stations - there will be two feed stations on the route.  They will have a good selection of food on offer and water to refill your bottles.  It is always advisable to carry some food with you as well.

In case of a major mechanical issue you can call out our mobile mechanic.  But please make sure you turn up with a bike that is suitable for this kind of ride and that it is in good working order.

Speaking of bikes, you can use whatever bike you like but we would suggest a cyclocross bike/gravel bike/adventure bike would be ideal.  But ride it on your mtb (if you like), ride it on your road bike (if you're brave).  Remember that this is being held in October so there's no guarantees on the weather being lovely.  Pack enough spares, kit & clothes for all eventualities!

Where to go & where to stay

The Falling Leaves Rough Ride starts and finishes at Oakamoor Cricket Club, Oakamoor, Staffordshire, ST10 3AH

The rides start just down the hill from the UK's biggest tourist attraction, Alton Towers, so there's a wealth of good B&Bs in the area.  Just rattle in Alton Towers into your favourite hotel booking site or search engine and you'll find loads of options.  You could even bring the family along and stay at the Alton Towers hotel, leaving them there in the water park for the day while you go and ride your bike (everyone's a winner, eh?).


Terms & Conditions;

By entering this event you are accepting our T&Cs;

  • All riders must wear a helmet

  • All riders must be over 16 year of age on the day of the ride.

  • All riders must have a working bell

  • Be nice to everyone you come across, be a shining beacon of an example proving to the world that cyclists really are a good and considerate bunch

  • Obey the highway code whenever riding on the roads

  • Ride with safety in mind and within your limits of fitness and skill

  • When riding off-road only use suitable rights of way and be considerate to other users

  • I understand that bicycling is a hazardous activity. I understand that the sport of bicycling and the use of this equipment involve a risk of injury to any and all parts of the user's body. I hereby agree to freely and expressly assume and accept any risks and all injury to the user of this equipment while bicycling. I understand that bicycle protective gear such as helmets and gloves are recommended, but they do not eliminate the risk and may not reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident

  • I agree that I will release the organisers from any and all responsibility of liability for injuries or damages or to any other person. I agree not to make a claim against or sue this organiser for injuries or damages relating to this event

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable

  • All riders will listen to a pre-ride briefing and obey any instructions given by event officials and marshals


2019 Ride Times:

Click here to download the 2019 ride times.

2019 Images:

You can see a load of photos from the 2019 FLRR on our tame snapper, Wayne Jackson's Flickr album.  All the photos are free for you to download.  

2019 Times & Pics

2018 Ride Times:

Click here to download the 2018 ride times.

2018 Images:

You can see a load of photos from the 2018 FLRR on our Facebook page, but for now here;s some of our favourites..

2018 Times & Pics

Our Supporters;

Not only do we have some of the best riding in the country on our doorstep, but we also have a veritable glut of excellent bike shops.  The help and support of the following bike shops has been in valuable in putting this event together.  We think they're all lovely.  You should check them out & buy bikes and stuff from them... seriously, do that.

Our Supporters

Now stop reading and get entering!

Any questions?  Drop us a line...


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