Next May, Scotland will play host to The Gralloch, a brand new gravel race and the first of its kind in the UK.
The event, designed by gravel race organisers RED:ON, will be held on 20 May 2023 and will form part of the Trek UCI Gravel World Series, the highest level of gravel racing .
In a press release shared this morning, RED:ON co-founder Malcolm Smith said: “Talking to people at our other events, we realised the British gravel cycling community was crying out for a UCI level event to fulfil the demand from an ever-growing number of competitive riders.
“We wanted to create a challenge worthy of the status, and after riding in the area we realised the Galloway Forest Park is home to some of the best gravel trails in the UK.”
Starting and finishing in the town of Gatehouse of Fleet in south-west Scotland, the race will take in 110km (68 miles) of off-road trails. The race organisers have promised it will be a “tough day in the saddle,” with around 2,000m of climbing elevation across the course.
Smith added: “The gravel is about as good as it gets and the scenery adds an extra dimension which will take riders breath away, if they have any left!”
As an official UCI Gravel World Series event, riders who finish in the top 25% places in their age and gender groups will qualify for the 2023 Gravel World Championships , due to take place in Italy next September.This year, there were 11 races […]
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