RACE OR RIDE - RAIDERS GRAVEL
a truly Scottish gravel cycling weekend.
Raiders Gravel is all things to all cyclists. Race it or simply ride it, we have three stages on some of the UK’s best gravel trails through the heart of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.
Our stunning routes take riders on three challenging stages though the Galloway Forest Park, witnessing its stunning beauty and wildlife, with almost every kilometre off road. And while each of the three days are different, all will touch Raiders Road, a 16km gravel trail running east to west which lends the event its name.
With a social ride the day before the action begins, and the accompanying festival Raiders Gravel has the optimal mix of competition, adventure, exertion, culture and relaxation, making for an unforgettable cycling event in one of Scotland’s unspoilt gems.
Each of the stages will have two starts, racers heading off well ahead of those who want to test themselves but not at the expense of seeing the surroundings and having a chat!
You can tackle Raiders as a team of two or solo entrant. Join us this summer for the second edition between August 29th and September 1st 2024.
Most of the leaves have floated to the ground, winter is beginning to cast its shadow and a hint of melancholy has settled over the Galloway Forest Park. The warmth and sunshine of this year’s second edition of Raiders Gravel is finding a special place in our memory, but we’re far from resting on our laurels.
Sunshine always brings the best out of anything and it certainly did that at Raiders Gravel on Sunday.
Overall, the Senior races were as predicted, with Alistair Brownlee and Mikey Mottram finishing first and second respectively again, another puncture robbing us of the chance for a sprint finish. That put the pair in the same places on the final podium, with Metheven Bond on the third step.
The was no change at the pointy end of Stage two of the Raiders Gravel RACE wave, with both Alistair Brownlee and Amelia Mitchell crossing the line first and heading into Sunday’s final day with increased advantages.