Race event coming to Galloway Forest Park

Golazo Cycling UK is bringing a four-day international gravel stage race to the the heart of the Galloway Forest Park this October.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 8:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 8:34 pm
Cyclists will race through some incredible scenery this autumn
Cyclists will race through some incredible scenery this autumn

Raiders Gravel Galloway features three race stages where riders explore the many corners of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere taking in the natural wonders, wildlife and serene outdoors.

This team event will see riders enter and participate in teams of two from October 7-10, with the official event village being situated in Gatehouse of Fleet.

Malcolm Smith, Golazo Cycling director, said: “We’re stoked to bring this incredibly unique event to the stunning region around the Galloway Forest Park.

"Our goal is to create the world’s leading full-service gravel cycling event and to showcase the spectacular wilderness and beauty of the region to a global audience.

"We aim to welcome gravel and outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe to the south of Scotland whilst inspiring the next generation of cyclists in the region.”

Raiders Gravel Galloway has been made possible through funding support from the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA), Dumfries & Galloway Council and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), as well as the support of brands including Canyon, POC Sports, HIGH5, Bioracer, MucOff and several other event partners.

Aaron Budd, UK head of sales and marketing at Canyon, said: “We are very excited to be a partner of this uniquely Scottish gravel event.

"The format of the event, coupled with the vast landscape in Galloway makes for some exciting racing and riding and we can't wait to be there this October!”

Dumfries and Galloway Council has committed to making the region the best place in rural Scotland in which to plan, manage, deliver and visit memorable festivals and events.

Events champion Councillor Adam Wilson said: “I warmly welcome Golazo UK’s decision to create the Raiders Gravel Festival in Galloway Forest Park.

"We have so much for cyclists to explore and enjoy, and our villages and towns are charming to visit.

"After the terrible stresses caused by the pandemic, I hope hundreds of people will participate in the festival and enjoy our great outdoors.”