Presenting Partner & OFFICIAL BIKE PARTNER
What started life in founder Roman Arnold’s garage as Radsport Arnold has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of road, mountain, triathlon, fitness, urban and kids’ bikes as well as modern e-bikes. Officially renamed in 2002, Canyon works hand-in-hand with the best athletes on the planet to produce an array of award-winning bikes that embody a pure passion for riding. Canyon has a strong reputation for true innovation, implementing leading technologies, clean and clear design as well as the highest standards in quality and service. We are motivated by the opportunity to offer bikes with beautiful design, innovative features and stand out performance to consumers today. Canyon continues to expand worldwide, selling more bikes outside of its native Germany than within since 2008. As a pioneering direct sales brand, Canyon products are exclusively available online at:
OFFICIAL Nutrition Partner
We at HIGH5 are committed to creating nutritious products with amazing natural flavours and we’re passionate about helping you achieve your goals – however big or small. We want to give you a HIGH5 hit for every run and every race, for when you aim to win and when you don’t, for your first mile and every extra mile. We’ve got you. With over 25 year’s experience providing sports nutrition products under our belt, we ensure HIGH5 products are packed with everything you need to be at your ultimate best, any day.
OFFICIAL HELMET & EYEWEAR PARTNER
POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor, apparel and accessories in snow sports and cycling, was founded in 2005 in Sweden.
With a mission to ‘Protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one’ POC has a crystal clear vision to provide optimized personal protection and safety through developing products of unquestionable quality and relevance.
To support its development and quality POC established two scientific forums, POC Lab and WATTS Lab, which brings together some of the finest minds in research, medicine and safety to advise on new research and trends.
Inspired by its mission and scientific approach, POC has built a reputation for breaking with convention, exploring new ideas and innovating to improve protection for all. POC has been fortunate to protect many Olympic athletes, World Champions and elite athletes around the globe and to share in many of their successes.
Creating products forged in safety and innovation is at the heart of POCs approach, be it for an elite athlete, weekend skiers or a daily bike commuter. It’s an approach that has led to over 60 international safety, design and innovation awards, including the prestigious bike industry ‘Brand of the Year’ award.
OFFICIAL BIKE CLEANING PARTNER
At Muc-Off, we’re really into being active. Whether it’s on a mountain, trail or at the skate park, we just love to be outside and going big. We’re obsessed with making the most innovative care and performance products around, so you and your toys can keep running smoothly and looking box fresh.
So what’s the story? It all started way back when Right Said Fred were too sexy for their shirts and Downhill wasn’t even part of the World Cup. Yep, way back in 1991 Rex and Marilyn Trimnell got things started with X-Lite UK.
After designing and manufacturing the world’s first twin crown bicycle fork, Rex created a perfectly pink spray to clean his kit. Long story short, Rex’s cleaner was the best thing since sliced bread, and it wasn’t long before word got out and Muc-Off was born.
Fast-forward to today and Muc-Off is now the go-to brand for top riders and racers, from EF Pro Cycling to Scott Redding, we’ve got a stack of incredible athletes and teams using our products to keep them at the top of their game. And, in case you haven’t noticed, we do a bit more than our original pink cleaner these days. We have an amazing range of lubricants, sprays, apparel and even antibacterial products – you name it, we’ve got it!
Scotland Starts Here is the destination marketing campaign and information hub for all those looking to discover and explore the very best the South of Scotland has to offer. It comprises the Scotland Starts website, app, podcasts, blogs and social media, providing information and inspiration to visitors, potential visitors, and all those who love the South of Scotland. Featuring over 1000-member businesses, travel inspiration and experience finders, Scotland Starts Here puts a spotlight on authentic local experiences and award-winning products and businesses, increasing awareness of what the area has to offer while inspiring more day visits, short breaks and holidays.
By promoting the South of Scotland as a new destination for visitors to discover and explore, Scotland Starts Here showcases to local communities and visitors, that Scotland’s identity and soul were born in the South – not only in location, but also as an area that has shaped the nation’s history and culture for centuries.
Scotland Starts Here is part of the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA), the industry-led Destination Management and Marketing Organisation for the South of Scotland, encompassing Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
Established in May 2020, the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) is the industry-led Destination Management and Marketing Organisation for the South of Scotland, encompassing Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. SSDA will lead the delivery of a clear tourism strategy from coast to coast, supporting the best possible recovery plan for the sector and the wider economy of the South of Scotland. With a focus on place-making, people, digital capability and sustainability, the ambition of SSDA is to make the South of Scotland a top tourism destination, offer a world-class visitor experience, increase tourism spend in the region to £1bn by 2030 and create 6,500 new jobs.
SSDA is supported by South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), VisitScotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council and also received initial funding from the former South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership.
South of Scotland Enterprise is the economic and community development agency for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
Our support is tailored to individual circumstances. We are encouraging businesses, community groups, organisations to get in touch with them if they need, help, support or advice.
If you are a business which has already applied for available streams of funding and are genuinely still struggling, or you have a good idea to adapt or diversity your business, please contact us.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is a Scottish Local Authority, established in 1996, that provides statutory local government services to the people of the region. Our area is widespread and picturesque, stretching from Stranraer and the Rhins of Galloway in the West to Langholm and Gretna in the East.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to making our region the best place in rural Scotland in which to plan, manage, deliver and visit memorable festivals and events. Our active Major Festivals and Events Strategy supports superb cultural and sports events such as the Wigtown Book Festival, Spring Fling Open Artists’ Studios, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Big Burns Supper, the Scottish Rally and World Championship Ice Hockey tournaments in Dumfries. The Tour of Britain has visited Dumfries and Galloway and hosted more Stage Starts and Finishes here more than any other venue or destination outside of London.
Sox Footwear is an extension of The Sox Factory, which was formed in 2016. Our core business is to provide athletes with top-quality performing products proudly manufactured in South Africa. Our sock designs, product quality and people are handpicked to provide clients with the best in the business. Our team is young, hip, active and creative, which ensures our socks are always trendy and current.
In 2020, Sox Footwear expanded to key territories across the globe and can now be found in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Belgium, with plans of expanding to more countries in the near future.
We play hard, keep our sock game strong and keep reinventing the wheel when it comes to comfort and technology. Riders will experience instant sock doping when wearing Sox Footwear.
We’re Stohk. An adventurous outdoor company that’s starting life making great beer.
Stohk (rhymes with Stoke) is for everyone who absolutely LOVES the outdoors. For like-minded folk that we’d want to shoot the shit with at the end of an epic day outside. Because for us, that’s where the best times really are to be found.
So we’re absolutely stoked to be joining you all at Raiders in a few months time. We’ll be bringing the good vibes and the beer!
Expect our podium topping XPA. Brewed by the coast of North Cornwall, with a recipe (by one of our founders Gareth) that’s best served outside. After a ride. With friends. We’re really damn proud of it. And we’re working on a few extras to add to the good times including a collaboration beer with the Raiders team (watch this space as we’ll be making this available to pre-order before the event).
We’ll be hanging out at the event so you’ll get to meet us for some hosted tastings. That’s if we can drag ourselves away from the course! But please do drop by and see us before then. Thanks for reading this. We’ll see you out there…
Please enjoy – and adventure – responsibly.
Yellow Jersey was started by three brothers, Ryan, Grant and Scott — we have been successfully running our family-owned insurance brokers for over 15 years. As active members of the cycling and triathlon community we were frequently asked what the best way to insure bicycles was. We knew that cycle cover on home insurance wasn’t always sufficient, but we were never confident recommending any of the existing cycling-specific policies to friends who owned multiple bikes, trained and raced TTs, criteriums and triathlons, or who were looking to take their bikes abroad. We thought things could be better, so in 2014 we started Yellow Jersey.
Everyone at Yellow Jersey has a passion for two wheels. Whether it’s road, mountain bike, triathlon or commuting, this passion transfers into our day-to-day work. We know what cyclists need as we too have those needs. The first question we ask is ‘would we use it?’, the second is ‘is it good value?’
We know that cyclists want to be on the bike as much as possible and dealing with insurance is probably the last thing on their mind. It’s our vision give you more time to ride. We do this by making insurance as easy and stress-free as we can.
Dark Art Distillery is a premium new gin distillery based in the beautiful town of Kirkcudbright. We welcome visitors for gin tastings and tours to learn more about the history of gin and to see our lovely still ‘Peggy’ (named after the founder’s grandmother who lived in Kirkcudbright) and hear more about the history of the Distillery as well as the stardust magic that goes into our fantastic gin.
We are Scotland’s most southerly distillery and our first gin, Sky Garden Gin, is a luxurious gin that takes its inspiration from the Galloway Forest Park – once the sunsets, the magic of night time appears with an inky-blue sky garden shimmering with sparking stars and rivers of light. In essence a stunning sky garden.
The Distillery itself takes its name from both Kirkcudbright and the Galloway Forest Park. Kirkcudbright is known as the Artists’ Town – the ART. The Galloway Forest Park was, in 2009, the UK’s first dark sky accredited park – the DARK. Taking inspiration from these two sources, the Dark Art Distillery was born.
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. The UNESCO Biosphere designation is recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that SW Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way. A Biosphere is a place of cooperation and collaboration that shows that a sustainable way of living is not only possible but already happening!
The Big Plastic pledge has been founded by Hannah Mills, an Olympic gold and silver medallist, a sailor and an IOC sustainability ambassador. “During the 2016 Olympics, I witnessed first hand the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our oceans and planet. Every beach, marina and coastal area we visited during that 4 year period was affected and damaged beyond belief. So much of it was single-use plastic. It was something I couldn’t ignore anymore, I had to act. And so, over the past few years, I have set about, along with my teammate Eilidh Mcintyre, trying to reduce the single-use plastic from our Olympic campaign.” With 1 person changing their habits, individually signalling to brands and policymakers our voice, the ripple effect can be huge. The actions you take matter and without you and the next person and the next, we are nothing. If a whole sporting community change their habits and shouts loudly, then we are flying! We can create a tidal wave of change that will be felt on every corner of the globe. This is the foundation for the Big Plastic Pledge.
We were drawn to Galloway by landscape, freedom and the welcome of people not too busy for a chat. We cycled around the world for 4 years and returned more adrift than when we had left. Rides here can remind you of the Highlands, Cornwall and bits in between but the culture is unique. It has been so much fun creating an event to show off bits of Galloway Forest, the largest forest park in the UK. We run Galloway Cycling Holidays, specialists in the best place to ride a bike on road or gravel. Welcome to our playground.
Nestled between the rugged coastline and dramatic heather-clad hills, the Selkirk Arms is a fantastic base from which to explore Scotland’s beautiful south-west coast.
Dating back to 1777, this traditional townhouse hotel is set on Kirkcudbright’s High Street, close to the town’s vibrant working harbour.
The Selkirk Arms’ sixteen luxurious individually styled bedrooms complement the historic character and charm of the property, contributing to its reputation for outstanding hospitality and as a place to relax and unwind.
With menus that champion fresh and locally sourced ingredients, diners can choose from the relaxed and informal atmosphere of The Bistro or the more formal experience of the Artistas Restaurant.
Cally Palace, on the outskirts of the pretty village of Gatehouse of Fleet on the Solway coast, is set in over 150 acres of grounds. It was originally an 18th century country mansion just outside Gatehouse of Fleet but is now a wonderful hotel in south west Scotland.
Entering through the oak doors, the grandeur of the interior is immediately apparent as step back to a time of period style and elegance while enjoying all the modern comforts of a four star hotel. Two huge marble pillars frame the entrance hall which leads to the Bow Lounge with its magnificent gilt cuppola ceiling.
The hotels’ 56 bedrooms combine spacious accommodation with views of the estate grounds and the Dumfries & Galloway countryside beyond.
Cally Palace has its own exclusive golf course, as well as an indoor leisure complex with swimming pool, to allow you to make your stay with us as active or as relaxed as you choose.
The warmth of the Scottish welcome you receive will impress as much as the opulence of the surroundings.