Journal

GravelUp, the story

Gravel Up is the brainchild of 3 forty-somethings who, after meeting each other on the other side of the World, decided to throw themselves into a slightly crazy adventure! We’re united by our shared passions for travel and cycling, bringing our individual experiences and knowledge together as Gravel Up.

That’s us below – Jb, Oliv and Aurel. Maybe, like some of you, we craved a different way of life where we were in control and not stuck in the daily grind. So Gravel Up was born - not just another holiday company but an ‘Adventure Enabler,’ helping you to explore some of the most beautiful and unspoilt mountain ranges in Europe, all on your new best friend… a gravel bike!

OUR FIRST TRIP TOGETHER

June 2021, and after months of figuring out what Gravel Up was going to be, it was finally time to go in search of gravel to test both our concept and our bikes. We were on the hunt for adventure on a remote journey through the mountains… But where to go? It needed to be legendary, so Corsica ticked all our boxes in terms of the riding, scenery and authenticity, whilst still being off the beaten track.

Our journey across Corsica was the springboard for our next adventure - making Gravel Up a reality.  It was a welcome chance for the 3 of us to be together and reinforce what we’ve always known… that riding bikes across mountains makes you happy.

A life-changing journey to formalise Gravel Up’s ethos and « raison d’être » - enabling our riders to explore some of the many hidden gems of Europe, meeting local people and sharing the joy of the journey with fellow riders.

Journal

How to dress for winter riding?

The key to keeping warm is… staying dry! Gravel is ideal for year round riding, on dry trails and muddy tracks alike. Winter riding needs good kit, and there’s two golden rules to help keep you as warm and dry as possible.

3 bikepacking movies you must see

Don’t miss the three bikepacking adventure movies we have selected for you! You’ll only want to do one thing after watching them: explore the world on your bike.