Bergamont Gritopia 2019

Transcend Festival could have been made for Bergamont Gritopia – TweedLove’s gravel adventure into the valley backcountry. Perfect for all road less travelled fans, all you need is a spirit of adventure and a bike that can despatch the miles and vertical metres on a variety of surfaces.

Bergamont Gritopia is an event for adventure/gravel/backcountry, or whatever you want to call it, riders. It 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.  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!).

For 2019 we have changed things up a little… we now have three more or less separate loops – you can do one, two or all three parts of the course. Doing the whole thing will be a tough day out – with around 90km distance and almost 2000m of ascent to do, but the shortest loop is under 20km. There’s a variety of surfaces too – from tarmac between forest sections to forest singletrack, grit roads and some rough loose forest access tracks – it’s a proper adventure.

The idea is that you can take on as much (or as little) riding as you want, and the festival HQ is plum in the middle of the course, so you can head back for food, beer and the festival vibe whenever you’ve had enough. The sections have to be ridden in order though, for reasons of safety and medic cover.

Section 1: Cardrona Forest – 17km/350m ascent

Section 2: Elibank & Traquair – 31km/790m

Section 3: Leithen Water forest – 40km/795m

Gritopia is more of a ‘gravel sportive’ style of event – it’s definitely not a race – so different lengths of course just means the gravel fun is accessible to a wider variety of riders. To respect the wishes of landowners we’re not at liberty to publish course maps in advance, but we will be sending out detailed route descriptions before the event so everyone can choose their preferred distance.

So, 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.

What you get:

  • A marked route with mile after mile of empty grit and gravel
  • Transcend Festival Entry, ALL weekend!
  • Great ‘Free Cake Shop’ feed stations, with the most delicious cakes
  • Water station
  • Electronic Timing by SI systems
  • The best course medics available
  • Safety marshals
  • On site tech support
  • Number board
  • Course map
  • Event programme
  • Instant results service
  • Onsite Parking at Transcend Festival

FAQs

Riders must be over the age of 16 on the 7th June 2019 to enter this event.

Riders notes are sent out via email approximately a week before the event. These include all the information you need to know about the event schedule, registration, course summary, event facilities, rules and event regulations and much more. The notes will also be made available on the event webpage.

If for any reason you are unable to attend the event, refunds will be available upon request (info@tweedlove.com) as follows:

Refunds are available up to three weeks (17th May 2019) before the event – refunds will be subject to a £10.00 administration fee. After this date, no refunds will be available.

For safety reasons, NO rider may use another’s rider’s event number without the permission of the event organiser. The organisers must to contacted at least a week prior to the event to process rider changes. Please get in touch at info@tweedlove.com.

There will be an admin charge of £10.00 per ticket.

Transfers are only available until 31st May 2019.

Yes, we operate a waiting list direct from our website www.tweedlove.com.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer the to defer a ticket to another event, however please get in touch at info@tweedlove.com and we can arrange to refund or transfer your ticket (as outlined above).

Yes, If you own a SPORTident Air Timing / Active Timing Card and it is compatible with the system we are using your can. Please complete this form. If you use your own Timing Card, you will be reimbursed £3.60 – you will only receive this discount if you complete the form at least 3 weeks prior to the event you wish to use it in.

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!).

Want to get involved in other ways?

Join us as a volunteer via our online application form. It’s a lot of fun (honest) and you’ll have Bike Valley’s eternal thanks!