Could Rebound 2023 be the biggest DIY gravel bike event of the year? Here's how you can join in

Gravel rider in East Lothian, Scotland
(Image credit: Cameron Prentice)

Get your best gravel bike ready for Rebound 2023 - an event which brings gravel bike riders around the globe together under the motto "United in Gravel, We Ride." The aim is to jointly ride a million miles in a day, which start from wherever you ride.

When the world came to a grinding halt in 2020, the Live Slow Ride Fast crew looked for safe ways to enjoy the world around us, organizing their own ‘Dirty Kanzelled’ DIY gravel ride. Even with the main Unbound gravel event canceled, the spirit of that ride lived on, celebrating the unifying potential of cycling, starting from your doorstep. However, with the new Rebound event, Shimano and Live Slow Ride Fast are looking to go one step further. 

Rebound is for all cyclists and will take place on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. The rules are simple: starting from any desired point and covering a distance of more than 25 miles (40 km), 50 miles (80 km), 100 miles (160 km) or 200 miles (320 km). There's no fees, no time limits, just a rule of a 6am sharp (local time), two coffee stops along the way and mandatory post-race celebration beers.

Two gravel riders embracing the community spirit of Rebound 2023

Community spirit and a box of beer is mandatory for Rebound 2023 (Image credit: Cameron Prentice)

Gravel is a great equalizer and unifier, with events growing almost daily, we've recently found some of the best gravel events around the world from one day organized events to multi-day self-supported tests of endurance, it’s where friends are made, and memories are forged. 

So whether you’re riding one mile or one hundred; have the best gravel clothing or no kit; ride a 10-speed or 11-speed; or are hitting paved roads, fire roads, B-roads, or no roads at all. It doesn’t matter why you’re out there, it only matters that you are.

Gravel rider on the gravel trails of East Lothian, Scotland

It doesn’t matter why you’re out there, it only matters that you are (Image credit: Cameron Prentice)

To register for the free event, visit today, and join the Rebound Strava Challenge to log your ride and have the chance of winning some excellent prizes, including ten x Shimano RX6 gravel shoes, five x custom Rebound Ride posters, three x weekend tickets for LtD's Gravel Raid event, two VIP tickets to the Tour de France by Skoda and A Live Slow Ride Fast Experience.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm