Strade Bianche di Essex Ride Out with Hub Vélo! Saturday 4th March

Hub Vélo just got bigger! To celebrate the opening of the new Hub Vélo bike shop, bike workshop and coffee shop in Clapton, we’re taking a ride out into the lanes of Essex in our own tribute to the Strade Bianche in Tuscany. Leaving at 9am from Hub Vélo HQ, we’re going on a road bike suitable ride around the lanes and farm tracks of Essex, and should be back, a little dirtier, in time to watch the climax of the ‘other’ Strade Bianche on Eurosport in the early afternoon. Think of it as a mini-free sportive.

The ride will be about 100km, and is open to all. We will lead a few groups depending on numbers, but there will also be GPX files provided for those who wish to go at their own pace.

Edit: GPX trail now available here – and Strava route here

Please join us afterwards for a well-deserved coffee, beer, or glass of prosecco at the new bigger Hub Vélo! You can also check out the new Stevens bike range.

Our new shop is just next door to the old one at 217 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton, London, E5 8EG


If you’d like more details, and to give us an idea of numbers, please pop your details below. This means we can email you a GPX track of the route, together with final details!


  • How much does it cost? It’s FREE! Come along and celebrate our expansion
  • What bike should I bring? The route should be suitable for road bikes on 23mm tyres. If you’ve got a winter bike (and if you’re after a new bike, we’re happy to sell you one!) then that would be ideal. We did our test ride on a carbon frame with 23mm tyres and it was just fine! You could bring a CX bike if you fancy. Drop bar bikes will be the order of the day for most people.
  • What’s the route? We’re just confirming the route, but it will be around 100km taking in some lanes and byways of Essex. There will be options to cut your ride short, but we will aim to have someone get you home if you’re struggling. We will have a GPX for you to download before the event if you want to go at your own pace.
  • How off road will it be? Mostly on-road (about 80%) with a few gravel bits and small lanes taken at a sensible pace. You’ll be fine!
  • What will the pace be? We will run a few different groups depending on pace. It’s not a race, though there will be some opportunities for you to stretch your legs, or to ride at your own pace with your own friends if you like. Come along and give it a go!
  • What should I bring? You should bring your bike (in good repair, if you need a service, you know where to come!), at least two inner tubes, tyre levers, a pump, money for food or a taxi, your phone and a jacket or waterproof in case of some interesting weather
  • What if I have a problem? We’ll do our best to help you, but this is not a supported ride as such. There is no broom wagon nor free food stations. Bring some money in case you need to get a cab home!
  • I have another question! No problem, get in touch or pop into the shop for a chat!