Galloway Forest Park to stage new international cycle race

A new international gravel stage cycle race is to be staged in Galloway later this year.

By Ian MacLean
Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 10:12 am
Galloway Forest Park will host the new Raiders Gravel Galloway international cycle race
Galloway Forest Park will host the new Raiders Gravel Galloway international cycle race

The four-day festival will feature three race stages where riders - in teams of two - explore the many corners of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, 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.

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“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.”

Aaron Budd, UK Head of sales and marketing at Canyon, added: “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.”

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 world renowned brands including Canyon, POC Sports, HIGH5, Bioracer, MucOff and several other event partners.

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

Cycling has been a big part of that with the Tour of Britain having visited Dumfries and Galloway and hosted more stage starts and finishes more than any other venue or destination outside of London.

Councillor Adam Wilson, the council’s Events Champion, said: “I warmly welcome Golazo UK’s decision to create the Raiders Gravel Festival, in our unspoilt 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 coronavirus pandemic, I hope hundreds of people will participate in the festival and enjoy our great outdoors.”