This weekend, the highly anticipated TREK UCI Gravel World Series arrives in Scotland, marking the sole British round of the event. Over 1,000 riders will brave the challenging 113km race, traversing the picturesque hills and gravel trails of Dumfries and Galloway. With a truly global turnout, this event has attracted entries from all corners of the world, with 32 nationalities ready to compete in the small town of Gatehouse of Fleet.
The field is diverse, with more than 40% of riders experiencing The Gralloch as their first-ever gravel race. Incredibly, the age range of participants spans from 19 years and two days to 79 years, five months, and 16 days—a staggering difference of 22,076 days! Such a vibrant mix of experience and backgrounds promises an exciting and inclusive atmosphere throughout the event.
Both the men’s and women’s lineups feature formidable riders, ensuring a thrilling competition. Leading the women’s field is Tiffany Cromwell (AUS), the recent victor of Australia’s SEVEN event. Joining her is the versatile American cyclist Heidi Franz, British gravel champion Dani Shrosbree, Hayley Simmonds, and other accomplished riders.
In the men’s category, Nathan Haas (AUS) spearheads a robust field as they embark on the challenging trails of the Galloway Forest Park. Haas faces stiff competition from Cameron Mason, a Scottish rider who has already secured two podium finishes in Spain and Holland this year. Additionally, the men’s British gravel champion Jacob Vaughan and former road champion Connor Swift will be present, along with the renowned time trial champion Alex Dowsett, who ventures into the off-road domain for the first time in Scotland.
A remarkable 1,230 riders have eagerly signed up for this event, showcasing the immense popularity and allure of gravel racing, all keen on qualifying with the top 25% of their age group for the UCI Gravel World Championships early October in Veneto (ITA)