We knew it was coming thanks to the delivery of a rather nice box of whisky and Grinduro branded goodies, and we can now reveal that entries are open.
If the US version of this event is anything to go by, the UK version on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, will be a popular event, so don’t hang about – head here to enter. Of course, we’re sure you’ve already kept the date free in your diary: Saturday 15th July.
To stage the UK event, sponsors Giro have teamed up with Fabric. Neil Cousins, Fabric’s Global Marketing Manager says:
“We’re proud to be a presenting sponsor of Grinduro and to help bring this unique event to Scotland. Grinduro fits perfectly with the Fabric philosophy: riding is all about how much fun you have and what could be better than a festival weekend riding the best all-road adventure the UK has to offer and celebrating with a well-earned beer or a scotch at the end?”
Grinduro is a combination of gravel road race and mountain bike-style enduro: one long loop of road, gravel, and dirt, where finishing times are based on four timed segments (each roughly five-to-seven minutes). As a testament to both the diverse riding skills required and the level of competition, the 2016 Grinduro Quincy champions were former road professional Meredith Miller and former downhill professional Duncan Riffle, both of whom rode cyclocross bikes for the event. But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping, and a festival atmosphere.
Amanda Schaper, Giro Marketing Manager says:
“The interest in our first two Grinduro events in Quincy, CA was overwhelming, and we’re looking forward to returning there on October 7th. But given the international interest, especially from our many friends in the UK, we knew we needed to take Grinduro abroad. We connected with Fabric and the event organizing team behind legendary UK event The Dirty Reiver, and the idea of Scotland came up. The Isle of Arran will provide an ideal setting, particularly with a performance from Scottish band The Van T’s.”
If you’re holding out for the US race, entries will open mid April. Here at grit.cx, we’re eyeing up the Arran event with interest. Office road trip maybe…?