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It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the postponement of the inaugural Raiders Gravel event to 2022.

The way the COVID situation in Scotland has developed in recent weeks, paired with newly imposed requirements and potential for further restriction means it would be irresponsible to proceed with the Raiders Gravel event this October.

The health and safety of our participants, staff, suppliers, and the local communities is always of the utmost importance for us. Given the escalating COVID rates in Scotland, it is not unreasonable to assume the event could cause a spike in infection rates amongst the local community and create a terrible health impact on the town that has welcomed us with open arms.

Risk assessments carried out in recent weeks have highlighted the “Event Village” set-up at Raiders Gravel as the key issue from a Covid H&S perspective, not necessarily the cycling element. As the event organisers, we have planned for general good house-keeping around testing, sanitization, cleaning and the local requirement to wear masks indoors until seated.  The challenge stems from the risk of any further restrictions being applied in the lead up to the event. Should that situation arise, then the planned “Event Village” infrastructure will not be adequate. Firstly, certain elements of the event may need to be scrapped, directly impacting the participant’s experience. Secondly, significant additional costs could arise to make the event compliant to new requirements and Covid safe in line with updated regulations, additional budget for either of these is not available.

Finally, from a purely health & safety perspective the event as planned may not withstand potential more severe changes to COVID related ‘firebreak’ restrictions and we may be prevented from going ahead with the event having already committed to our supply chain costs.  We are unable and unwilling to take this gamble and put the long-term success of the Raiders Gravel event at risk.

“Councillor Adam Wilson, D&G Council’s events champion said ‘I welcome the responsibility and care taken by Golazo Cycling Limited, after thoughtful review, to postpone the Raiders Gravel festival. The wellbeing of the local community has been paramount in this decision and the council fully accepts and supports this. We will support Golazo going forward with the future plans.”

Registered riders have been informed directly of the various refund and deferral options available to them.

The 2022 date for Raiders Gravel will be confirmed in due course, following consultation with all relevant stakeholders. 

An informal social ride will take place on the original event weekend, open to all. Further details below.

In recognition of your support for Raiders Gravel and that many of our entrants have booked holidays to participate in Raiders Gravel we shall be hosting social guided rides over the original event weekend in October. We will have two or three groups riding at different speeds each with scheduled café stops. The ambition of these rides is to recognise your support for Raiders Gravel and to begin to build the Raiders community. 

The Raiders Gravel Team would love to meet you and will be joining you for these rides. Participation in these social rides is completely free and we’ll take you to some of the most stunning locations in the Galloway Forest Park! The social rides are open to all (so feel free to bring a friend or family member that wasn’t originally planning on participating in the stage event) and participation is completely free. Further details will be announced in the next two weeks.

The Raiders Gravel Social Ride is open to all, not just registered riders!

Accommodation: We will be using the Cally Palace Hotel as our base for these rides.  If you do not have accommodation booked already we encourage you to use the Cally Palace. Please contact the hotel directly to book your room: www.mcmillanhotels.co.uk/hotels/cally-palace-hotel

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