Oxford County Tour – Social
Oct. 29-31, 2021
With wide-open gravel that rolls through Amish country, rail-trails that snake through forests, and dirt tracks that run alongside the water, the route combinations in Oxford County are endless – and the fall colour is spectacular! This Tempo Tour will roll at an average speed of 20-24 km/h, covering distances of 60-85 km per day. We’ll roll out around 10 a.m. for a shorter ride on the first day, with earlier start times and longer distances the next two days. You’ll enjoy two nights amid the serene surroundings of the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.
Included with the tour is a Gravelocity Cycling Jerseys & swag bag. Please select your jersey size below, or take a look at our sizing chart:
Wide Open Gravel for the Taking
Is the sky bigger in Oxford County? It sure seems that way. Many of our gravel rides here roll across sprawling pastoral farmland, where the road ribbons ahead of you for miles, while long stands of trees help buffer the wind. As the summer progresses, the corn grows taller - then gives way to stunning fall colour as we turn onto forested riverside tracks and rail trails. Amish fruit stands tempt cyclists from the roadside and every village seems to offer up mid-ride treats from a legendary local bakery . Longer rides will see us lunch in Tavistock - well worth the effort, since almost the entire return runs downhill! On long or short rides, we’ll pass through Woodstock - home to a variety of bike paths and double-track trails that run through the woods and along an enormous reservoir.
When we step off the bikes, we’ll walk straight into the luxurious and historic Elmhurst Inn & Spa to relax in the shade of the willows, restore our bodies with a massage, and indulge our appetites with five-star locally inspired cuisine.
Where you'll be staying
The historic Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is the finest luxury hotel in Southwestern Ontario. A landmark since 1872, the Inn sits on 30 acres of rolling countryside, offering decadent dining and indulgent spa services. After a day of gravel grinding, cyclists can relax with a massage or just recline on the expansive patio overlooking the creek down below. Between the spa’s extensive menu of services and the Muskoka chairs that beckon from the shade of the surrounding trees, non-cycling companions will have no trouble passing the time on site until our group returns from the morning ride.
- Guided rides on great routes
- Cozy boutique accommodation at select inns
- Mid-ride bakery or lunch stops
- Team Dinner on first night of the tour
- Gravelocity Cycling Jersey (1 per person) (sizing chart)
- Swag bag (1 per person)
You will receive your product(s) on the first day of the tour, and we’ll have spare sizes available on site for a quick and easy exchange if necessary.
You mean we didn’t have you at “spa?” How about exploring the variety of renowned cheese makers for which Oxford County is famous? Wander into Ingersoll and enjoy the food and curio shops on its main street. Drive south through Amish country with farm stands stops along the way. Trace the County’s Underground Railroad history in Otterville, or head north for a swim in the gorge near St. Mary’s. Stratford is a little more than a half-hour away - whether you’re going to the theatre
or just going for a stroll. Stratford also offers it's year round Chocolate Trail, a self guided tour of local eateries and shops featuring chocolate in many different forms, including beer, tea, bath salts, wine, bars, cheese, ice cream and even olive oil!
Please Note: Gravelocity’s tours run rain or shine. That said, we reserve the right to alter routes, distances or start times to avoid the worst of what Mother Nature (or the local gravel graders) may throw at us. On the rare occasion that a day’s bike ride is cancelled altogether, we’ll welcome you back on any other day - at any location - to make up for it.