The Gralloch - a new top level international gravel racing event comes to Gatehouse
Organisers, RED:ON are proud to launch The Gralloch, the UK’s first top level international gravel cycling race which will be held on Saturday May 20th 2023. The Gralloch will be the first UK event to be part of the TREK UCI Gravel World Series, the Union Cycliste Internationale’s highest level of gravel racing. This status means the race is the only event in the United Kingdom where cyclists can qualify for the Gravel World Championships, to be held in Italy next October.
The race will start and finish in Gatehouse and while the route is yet to be finalised, riders will tackle around 68 miles taking them north on a hilly route into the Galloway Forest Park. Almost entirely off-road and with around 2,000m of climbing on some of the UK’s best gravel trails, the event is set to be a tough day in the saddle.
“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,” explained Malcom Smith, co-founder RED:ON.
RED:ON were responsible for the four day Raiders Gravel event here last year. The new event has also been welcomed by riders. Maddy Nutt, who won last summer’s Raiders Gravel women’s, said “Of all the racing or riding I’ve done in the UK I would say that is probably the best area for this event. From my experience of the UCI racing I’ve done there have been problems with large sections of road. The better events are like one I went to in Sweden and the gravel there was most similar to the gravel in Galloway, with continuous, flowy gravel.”
Full event details are available at www.grallochgravel.com.
Raiders Gravel itself will be returning to Gatehouse later in the year, running from 31 August to 3 September - more on this as the year progresses.