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Our aim is to create the world’s leading full-service gravel cycling event and showcase the stunning wilderness and beauty of Dumfries & Galloway. At the heart of everything we do are the people, culture and heritage of the host destination. Keep scrolling to discover how this event will benefit the people and businesses in Dumfries & Galloway.

Accommodation

We anticipate that the event participants, spectators, media and staff will generate an additional 4,000 bed nights in Year 1, rising to 8,800 in Year 3. Accommodation will be a mixture of:
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Airbnb

Holiday Lets

Motorhomes

BYO Camping

Supply Chain

An international event of the size of Raiders Gravel will require significant infrastructure and logistics. Wherever possible local suppliers will be utilised for this project. For expressions of interest, please contact info@raidersgravel.com

EXPO

With a thousand competitors, media and local residents, the Event HQ will be a bustling hub. An Expo will enable local crafts, products and art to be displayed by businesses and artists from the Dumfries & Galloway area. Expo participants will also have the opportunity to advertise their products/services via the event website.

Charity fundraising

The event organisers are seeking volunteers, race marshals and other helpers to support the event. Aside from individual volunteers, groups of 10 people per charity are encouraged (the race organisers will make a £500 donation to these charities per event day their group of volunteers attend). Furthermore, Wheels of Fleet will become one of the designated event charities with an opt-in donation of £10 for each team entry.

Local residents

The event seeks to be a celebration of sport and encourage participation by all residents of Dumfries & Galloway. Discounted entries for local residents will be available. Access to the Event HQ (incl. evening entertainment) will be free for all residents. Furthermore a Family Ride (Night Ride) will take place on Thursday evening, open to all ages.

Local Community FAQs

Raiders Gravel encourages an active and healthy lifestyle, which many of us have missed during this pandemic. The event will deliver significant support to the local tourism economy and events industry, supporting them in their recovery from the pandemic.

The event organisers will be implementing strict social distancing measures and provision of PPE to participants, staff and volunteers. Furthermore, all involved in the festival will be required to complete a medical questionnaire each day of the event, to ensure they are not displaying any symptoms. Temperature checks will also be carried out during the event. All Covid—19 measures will fall in line with those outline by the Scottish government and local authorities.

Raiders Gravel aims to bring significant tourism benefits (incl. 4,000 bed nights) to the local communities. Participants will stay in a variety hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Holiday Lets and Airbnbs. Furthermore a number of camping and motorhome spaces will be provided by the event organisers at the Event Village.

Adequate additional parking will be secured for participants and spectators. The event organisers are already in contact with the cricket ground in Gatehouse of Fleet and local farmers and are planning a comprehensive parking solution. The event organisers will also be providing shuttle bus services from nearby towns and other accommodation centres to remove the need for participants and spectators to park directly in Gatehouse of Fleet.

Yes, Garries Park will remain publicly accessible throughout the event. There may however be certain areas where access is restricted (incl. before and after the event, as well as for health & safety reasons around event village construction).

No, you will still be able to drive in and out of Gatehouse of Fleet. There may be some brief road closures to facilitate the start of racing each morning and the finish each afternoon. Additionally there may be some clearly indicated detours.

Golazo Cycling (the event organiser) are committed to creating a portfolio of the world’s most sustainable events. Raiders Gravel has partnered with the Big Plastic Pledge, which aims to eliminate single-use plastics and thus minimise any negative environmental impact. Furthermore, Raiders Gravel is also a proud supporter of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere and thus committed to ensuring Garries Park and all other event locations are left as we found them. Event partners are also actively working to create environmentally friendly activations on-site.

Working hand in hand with Biosphere and the Big Plastic Pledge, Raiders Gravel will implement a comprehensive recycling plan to ensure that any litter that is accumulated is appropriately processed in an environmentally friendly manner. A dedicated sweep team will check the entire route after the last riders and collect all waste.

There will be several pit stops along the route where riders will be able to refill their bottles. Furthermore race regulations will include strict rules and penalties around any type of littering or other damage to the surroundings.

Emergency services always have the top priority and their access to any part of the town or route will never be restricted. Even if certain segments of the route are closed to traffic, emergency services will always be able to access these areas and riders will be halted and instructed to make way for them.

The route will be secured by trained event marshals to ensure the safety of participants and spectators alike.

Event organisers will be following all Covid guidance by local authorities as well as the Scottish government. Participants and staff will need to abide by any and all regulations in place at the time of the event.

Yes, absolutely! There will be a number of discounted entries for the 3-day stage race available for locals. Furthermore, the family night ride on Thursday is open to anyone from the local community, free of charge. The event village, fan zones and evening entertainment is also open to locals.