I'm loving the developlment of "gravel racing" in the US. The bikes look ace, I love the idea of going flat out on back-of-beyond dirt roads for miles and miles.
I guess the similarity in Europe is audax riding, which I'm veering towards at the moment, but thats still a bit more tarmac based (isn't it?)
Are there any races in the UK taking on long dirt roads? Only places I can really think of it working south of Scotland would be some if the long tracks across the NY moors.