The Weekend – Raiders Gravel

Welcome to Raiders Gravel

Raiders Gravel is a truly Scottish gravel adventure ride run across three stages in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park. Over the weekend riders will visit much of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, witnessing its natural wonders.

But this is so much more than just a cycling event.

Taking place as we begin to say goodbye to summer, between August 25th – 28th, not only are there three days of challenging riding, but there’s plenty to make Raiders a weekend to remember.

Based in the small coastal town of Gatehouse of Fleet there’ll be an EXPO where global partners and local businesses alike show their wares. Each evening we’ll have events including presentations and talks, and local musicians, poets and dancers will add a taste of real Scottish culture.

Camping is included in the price of your entry and there’ll be plenty of food and drink options to ensure you enjoy refuelling after the rides

When you enter Raiders you’re entering far more than just a bike ride. After the three days of exhilarating riding the evenings are full of entertainment and a fabulous selection of local food and drink.

Weekend Programme

Thursday, August 25th 2022​

From 12noon — Early registration

19:00 onwards — Evening social ride with stargazing in Galloway’s Dark Sky Park

*The social ride is optional and is included in the entry fee. Riders are welcome to arrive on either Thursday or Friday morning.

Friday, August 26th 2022

9:00 until 12noon — Registration

14:00 — Start of Stage 1

Evening Programme Theme — Bikepacking 

After stage one of Raiders Gravel we’ll have an entertaining and fascinating evening packing with incredible stories of bike packing adventures. We’ll have guest speakers, films, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and more.

Followed by — Live Music & Entertainment 

Saturday, August 27th 2022

9:00 — Start of Stage 2

Evening Programme Theme — Foodies 

After stage two, with energy stores getting depleted you can enjoy an evening sampling and learning about the very best in local Scottish produce. We’ll have a number of guests who’ll bring along their local cheeses, ice cream and other delicacies, there’ll also be local gin and, of course whisky!

Followed by — Live Music & Entertainment 

Sunday, August 28th 2022

9:00 — Start of Stage 3

14:00 — Final prize giving ceremony

19:00 — Event finishes