With Raiders Gravel little more than three months away the organisers are proud to launch a brand new promotional video as part of their preparations. Beginning on Thursday August 25th, the event will attract riders from all over the UK and Europe to the gravel tracks around Gatehouse of Fleet and aims to highlight the beauty and culture of Galloway and the South of Scotland.
The video features locally based poet Stuart Paterson with music from Ruth Morris and Gavin Marwick, who combine perfectly to capture the essence of the area and the Raiders Gravel event. Raiders Gravel is not any old cycling event, it aims to ensure those attending are treated to a real taste of Scotland, and head home remembering a Scottish cycling event. That’s why having Stuart, Ruth and Gavin on board is important to the organisers.
“Raiders Gravel is a fantastic new event bringing many people to Galloway who won’t have been here before,” said Stuart, who we hope will be in Gatehouse for the event. “People will discover an area which they’ll have known little to nothing about but will quickly fall in love with. It’s very much an area of history and hills, stravaigs and smeddum, cycling and sightseeing and lifelong memories.”
Stuart is one of Scotland’s best known poets and lives in Galloway, on the Solway coast. He was BBC Scotland’s Poet in Residence in 2017-18 and has written and broadcast many TV and radio programmes about the area. Ruth and Gavin are well known on the Scottish trad music scene and have written music together for 15 years, performing as a duo and with other bands such as Journeyman, The Firelight Trio, The Galloway Agreement and Bellevue Rendezvous. Music and entertainment will be an important part of Raiders Gravel. On the Friday and Saturday night the Event HQ in Garries Park will host live music and entertainment, with the second of those days featuring local food and drink produce.
With preparations going well, organisers already have plenty of suppliers and entertainers signed up - but there’s always space for more!