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,
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.
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.