Whether you're a seasoned roadie looking to get comfortable on your first set of knobby tires or you're new to cycling altogether and just bonding with your bike, it's always best to start with the appropriate level of challenge for your riding ability.

The more you ride, the faster you'll level up: here are a few of our favourite beginner gravel cycling routes that will let you test the waters and clock in some kilometres before tackling the toughest terrain in the Bay of Quinte region.

Prince Edward County Gravel: Marysburgh Vortex
Supernatural? We’ll let you decide…

Why we picked this: it's a 40-kilometre round trip that will make you work just hard enough to enjoy a pint at Parsons when you're done. 

Bay of Quinte Gravel: Lay of the Land
Choose your own adventure: go for the full lay of the land or keep it light.

Why we picked this: there's no way around the Oak Hills, but we're letting you off the hook with a 100% paved route here.

Ontario Gravel Cycling: Not California
You’re going to California… road.

Why we picked this: a dash of gravel and just a smidge of elevation gain make this rural route one of the most relaxing experiences.

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