CityGatehouse of Fleet (Scotland)
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Gralloch is a one-day “classical style” gravel cycling event held on May 20th in the stunning Galloway Forrest in Dumfries and Galloway. The event is based in the picturesque town Gatehouse of Fleet and run by the team behind a series of successful gravel events and the Tour of Cambridgeshire, the biggest UCI Gran Fondo worldwide.
Starting from the town of Gatehouse of Fleet, the route is for 90% in the Galloway Forrest. The 110km counts as qualifier distance for all age groups and has a two way stretch of the route to accommodate the different communities riding the event.
Riders will tackle around 110km almost entirely on firm gravel. With around 2,000m of climbing the race is sure to be a tough day in the saddle. The 110km counts as qualifier distance for all age groups.
A true gravel classic in the making. Expect thrilling, action packed racing on the UK’s best gravel.
(official qualifier distance for all age groups men and women)
More information soon.
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 super 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.