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We were pleased to host the press and media launch for the inaugural edition of Raiders Gravel, last week in Gatehouse of Fleet. Several journalists and key figures of the cycling and outdoor adventure community attended the event, through which we wanted to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of the South of Scotland, our event location, and everything this largely undiscovered region has to offer.

Esther Tacke and Warren Sanders of Galloway Cycling Holidays helped us design an itinerary to present the unparalleled beauty of the South of Scotland to the event attendees. From the Solway Coast to Otter’s Pool to Raiders Road – from which Raiders Gravel takes its name – the routes cycled over the two days highlighted some of the iconic locations that riders will explore this October. The press launch was made possible by our headline partners, Canyon, POC, Bioracer,

A brilliant couple of days gravel riding, exploring this undiscovered and underrated part of Scotland. Golazo pulled out all the stops and organised perfect weather, fantastic riding and great company - chapeau!

Olly Townsend, Editor for Gravel Union

HIGH5 and Muc-Off, who contributed everything from world-renowned gravel bikes and the finest cycling gear to sports nutrition products indispensable for the rides we had planned.

Scotland is a country with outstanding possibilities for cycling, but especially gravel riding, one of the fastest growing disciplines in cycling worldwide. Through my round the world trip on a singlespeed bike, I have been to some of the best destinations for adventure cycling worldwide, and Dumfries & Galloway has great potential to establish itself as one of the leading gravel hubs. Raiders Gravel can best facilitate this development and help the local communities to establish new sustainable revenue streams, and I really look forward to the inaugural event and working with the organisers to make this a huge success.

Markus Stitz, Round the World Cyclist and Founder of Bikepacking Scotland

We were also glad to use the press and media launch as a platform for some of the fantastic local businesses and products to be showcased, including Cream O’ Galloway’s delicious ice-cream and Clatteringshaws Café’s vista-accompanied coffee. The showcase of local prestige continued into the evenings, with Cally Palace Hotel, one of our VIP accommodations, welcoming us and our partners and guests for a formal launch dinner featuring an exclusive gin tasting of Dark Art Distillery’s Sky Garden gin. Ian Barr and Pauline Drysdale of the Dumfries and Galloway Council also attended the launch dinner, along with Jemma Reid, Yvonne Wagoun, Vanessa Wegstein and Lesley Watson of the South of Scotland Destination Alliance, who introduced the attending journalists to the culture, history, and offerings of the South of Scotland through the Scotland Starts Here destination marketing campaign.

Jemma Reid, SSDA Project Manager
“We are delighted to have supported the press launch for Raiders Gravel, introducing attendants to the captivating stories and outstanding offer of the region through the Scotland Starts Here campaign. The event is a unique addition to the suite of cycling events happening in the South of Scotland this year, and will put a spotlight on the fantastic trails, varied terrain, and breath-taking scenery of the region, further cementing its position as a mecca for those in pursuit of two-wheeled adventures. Adventure starts here, Scotland starts here!”
Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director
“We are delighted to have supported the press launch for Raiders Gravel, introducing attendants to the captivating stories and outstanding offer of the region through the Scotland Starts Here campaign. The event is a unique addition to the suite of cycling events happening in the South of Scotland this year, and will put a spotlight on the fantastic trails, varied terrain, and breath-taking scenery of the region, further cementing its position as a mecca for those in pursuit of two-wheeled adventures. Adventure starts here, Scotland starts here!”
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Our official kit partner: Bioracer

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Partners

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