Raiders Gravel 2022 hero It’s a late August day in the village of Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland. Hundreds of cyclists are rolling through the village and, after a few miles, they receive a heart-warming cheer from the schoolchildren gathered beside the road, before disappearing into the deepest Dumfries and Galloway forest. This is a scene from the inaugural Raiders Gravel that was held last year, and it was the one that sparked me to think about what makes a great gravel event – and why are they so increasingly popular. 2023 UK gravel events – the best off-road races of the year
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I had already participated in multiple gravel events before Raiders Gravel but this moment at the wee Scottish village was something different. It’s something I’d compare to that of riding from London to Paris on closed streets and the people cheering at me like I was a pro rider, and it made me think about how this kind of event really got started – and what is it that really makes them so great?
The number of gravel events is exploding on a global scale. 2022 was the peak of the search term “gravel race” and events from small-scale ticketed gravel rides to 3,000-participant strong mass start races are something most gravel cyclists have mulled over.
The organisers behind these events are at the […]