Saturday 9 June 2018
Start/finish: TweedLove On The Green
Bike Expo and Event Village
Tweed Green, Peebles, Scottish Borders
Entry cost £30
Open to all riders over 16 years old.
First riders out from 9am
Grit, gravel or whatever you call it – want to try a cycling adventure into the lesser known corners of the Tweed Valley? Everyone knows the Tweed Valley has fabulous roads jammed with stunning views and hardly any cars, and of course we have a vast collection of world class mountain bike trails spreading like veins through the hills and woodlands. But what lies between has been something of a secret pleasure – countless miles of backcountry forest, dirt or drove roads taking the adventurous bicyclist to undiscovered corners of this beautiful land.
All you need is a spirit of adventure, and a bike that can despatch the miles on a variety of surfaces, leaving the traffic far behind and often far below you.
Gritopia is a new event for adventure/gravel/backcountry, or whatever you want to call it, riders. With an event HQ in the TweedLove T On The Green event village, Gritopia will take you on a journey to many new places in the valley hinterland, with mile after mile of empty grit and gravel, and a few stretches of quiet tarmac linking it all up.
The course will be around 60km, all way-marked and you’ll also get a route map, and feed station along the way. There will be some big climbs along the way lifting you to spectacular high roads and ancient trails.
Aimed at any bike rider who’s up for an adventure, the event works as a first time gravel event but will also have plenty of fun for the more experienced gravellist. You can do it on any suitable bike – which means a mountain bike will be fine too, but a small-tyred pure road bike will likely be a tad uncomfortable (and the gearing might be unhelpful in one or two places!).
Full route announced soon.
Nutrition & Training Plan
To help you on race day we have teamed up with HIGH5 to provide you with sports nutrition on course. HIGH5 will provide you with nutritious products with amazing natural flavours, whether you’re a new starter or an elite professional.
Discover the full HIGH5 range of trusted gels, drinks and bars.
Comprehensive HIGH5 training plans for all levels of experience for both running and cycling. See here for more information. HIGH5 Nutrition advice and tips for triathlon, cycling, running or just general training.
Want to get involved in other ways?
Join us as a volunteer drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and we’ll be in touch! It’s a lot of fun (honest) and you’ll have Bike Valley’s eternal thanks!