CityGatehouse of Fleet (Scotland)
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Gralloch is a tough one-day gravel cycling race to be held on Saturday, May 18th in the stunning Galloway Forest Park in South-West Scotland. The event is based in the picturesque town of Gatehouse of Fleet and organised by RED:ON Events, the experienced team behind the British Gravel Championships (King’s Cup) and Raiders Gravel. The Gralloch is often considered as one of the most beautiful courses in the series by the participants.
The route is without doubt one of the most beautiful on the TREK UCI Gravel World Series, with the vast majority of it taking place in the internationally renowned Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. Both men and women across all age groups will tackle the same route, around 110km and 1800m of climbing which is well over 80% on firm gravel.
A true gravel classic in the making, expect thrilling, action packed racing on the UK’s best gravel.
110km (official qualifier distance for all age groups men and women) – Please find the 2023 route below, the full route for the 2024 event will be unveiled in Spring 2024.
Relentless is how Cycling Weekly described the route of The Gralloch when they rode it.
Within the opening kilometre riders are on gravel and climbing the day’s first 11km ascent. And well over 80% of the course if off-road on excellent gravel trails, and with over 1800m of climbing finding some flat will be tough!
The Gralloch’s route though the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere is one for all, where the climbers and rouleurs alike can take their chances. And if the riding doesn’t take your breath away the scenery will!
Please find the 2023 profile below, the full route profile for the 2024 event will be unveiled in Spring 2024.
Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway is the most southeastern part of Scotland and located 1.5h south of both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s an area with a lot of historic buildings and castles and perfect for outdoor activities with plenty to do for mountainbikers and gravel riders who can explore the area.
The start and finish is located in Gatehouse of Fleet, a small town with 1000 inhabitants. The town is split in two by the Fleet river which flows into the Irish Sea a mile further .
The area is part of both the Galloway Forest Park and the internationally recognised Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. So unspoilt and unpopulated is the area that in 2009 it was designated as one of the first ever Dark Sky Parks, the first in the UK.