REGISTRATION

2018 Tickets go on sale 1/2/18, be ready!

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Grinduro is capped at 400 riders and these spots are going fast, so don’t miss your chance. Register now!

For the full Terms & Conditions please download the PDF:

Grinduro Scotland Terms & Conditions

 


 

YOU GET A LOT FOR YOUR MONEY!
Race entry is £150, but you’re getting a lot more than a bike race. Registration fees include the following:

 

EXCELLENT FOOD: Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday by Podium Catering as well as beer and other tasty beverages. Check out the full menu here.

 

PREMIUM SWAG: Grinduro participants will receive an amazing care package of limited edition goodies including:

  • FABRIC Cageless Water Bottles – Custom, limited edition Grinduro edition
  • Giro Socks – Limited edition, Grinduro!
  • And more!

TRANSPORTATION:  To get to the central Grinduro Village you’ll need to take the CalMac Ferry from Ardrossan to Isle of Arran. We’ll have a secured car parking area and will assist with getting you, your gear as well as bike to the Grinduro Village. All included! 

TENT CAMPING: We’re offering free camping to Grinduro racers in Lamlash. The camping will be in close enough proximity to the event village for ease of access but far enough away you can still enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. There will also be very limited option of camper vans if booked well in advance.

 

ART & BIKE GALLERY: Grinduro’s Art and Bike Exhibit is a curated display of some of the most interesting and elaborate works of art in cycling. We showcase the independent artisans and the iconoclasts who rarely get the spotlight at traditional trade shows and bike events.

We’ve also partnered with the authority of UK custom frame builders, The Bicycle Academy. The Bicycle Academy’s Andrew Denham will be hosting a steel-brazing clinic, open to all Grinduro riders

 

LIVE MUSIC WITH THE VAN T’S: We’re proud to announce that one of our favorite bands, The Van T’s, is going to be headlining! We’ve been mesmerized by this twin sister led four-piece Glaswegian surf-rock band. We’re also working on a few other special musical guests, including a DJ to take the party into late night. Stay tuned for more info. Learn more here.
RACE CATEGORIES

  • Pro Men
  • Pro Women
  • Expert Junior Men 16 – 20
  • Expert Men 30 & Under
  • Expert Men 31 – 40
  • Expert Men 41 – 50
  • Expert Men 51 – 60
  • Master Men 61+
  • Junior Women 16 – 20
  • Expert Women 30 & Under
  • Expert Women 31 +
  • Singlespeed Open Ages

**Must be 16 or over to race.

 

DISCLAIMER: Races will be held rain, shine, sleet or snow. In the event of extreme weather or natural disaster, the ride may be shortened, postponed or canceled without refund. In the event that a natural disaster (ie. forest fire) causes the cancellation of Grinduro, there will be no refunds issued. All pre-registered/pre-paid riders will be given priority in registering for the following year.

 

Do you have Family & Friends that also want to attend?

We are now offering a Family & Friend Grinduro Weekend Pass to make enjoying Grinduro with loved ones even easier.

 

Cost is £30. This covers pretty much everything but the bike race! This pass includes the ferry ride to/from Arran, transportation to Grinduro Village, transfer of luggage to Grinduro Village, camping on Friday and Saturday night, dinner on Saturday night, live music, festival activities and good times!

A NEW KIND OF BIKE RACE

In short, Grinduro is just what the name suggests: Gravel Road Race + Mountain Bike-Style Enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments (each roughly five-to-ten minutes).

But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping and a festival atmosphere.

The course is a serious affair but the Grinduro isn’t meant to be a sufferfest. We’ve linked together some of our favorite roads and trails on the Isle of Arran. The course features a mix of surfaces (smooth pavement, gravel and hard-packed dirt) over the trails terrain that ranges from steep and technical to fast and flowing. Along the way you’ll enjoy views of rugged coastline, lowland marsh, soaring peaks, and historic ruins.

With a Gran Fondo-style mass start from Lamlash, you’ll be pedaling out of the village alongside your heroes and the pace will be conversational—because overall time doesn’t matter, only the four timed segments. The Grinduro segments are designed to reward the most well rounded of rouleurs.

THE SPIRIT OF GRINDURO

JOE PARKIN ON WHY GRINDURO MATTERS – “There’s a kind of bike racing that you never hear about—events within events as prestigious as the Tour de France down to just about every Podunk pro bike race ever ridden. Somewhere on the course, far from the television cameras, there’s a group of riders that’s not thinking about overall victory. Typically, these riders, seriously outpaced by the overall contenders, simply limp to the top of the big climbs. Once they crest the top, though, they send it, hell bent for leather down the descent. They hang it all out, hitting apexes with F1-driver precision, seeing speeds at least 20 kilometers per hour more than the riders at the front of the race, and regaining large handfuls of minutes.

That was my lot in life. I was one of the riders you’ve never heard of who was taking 30 seconds, or more, per mile out of the race leaders on a mountain descent. I could lose a couple of fingers and still only need one hand to count the number of times I made it over the top with the leaders, but I was a goddamn good descender. If I close my eyes I can still feel some of those descents in the Alps and the Pyrenees. Going downhill has always been something special to me.

Just a couple of years ago, I attended my very first Enduro World Series event—a type of mountain bike race designed, more or less, to mimic international style motorcycle enduros. In this event, riders pedaled to the start of a special, timed section, collected their wits and then attacked the short, individual time trial with everything they had. At the ‘stage’ finish, they had a chance to grab a drink, chat with media, teammates and friends before pedaling off—most often at a conversational pace with a friend at their side—to the next stage’s start.

Enduro reminded me of weeknight group rides that I used to ride from the California Pedaler bike shop in Danville, California. We’d meet up and cruise at a casual tempo to the base of Mount Diablo, regroup and then race roughly 10 kilometers to the ranger station at the top of the mountain. There, we’d wait for everyone to catch up, and when each of us was ready, we’d race the descent, bombing the twisty road for all we were worth.

Just like the folks that used to do that weekly road ride on Mount Diablo, the enduro racers that I saw were a diverse group. At the elite level, there were pros from the seemingly polar-opposite worlds of downhill and cross-country. But perhaps most impressive was the sheer number of everyday riders—people who might not have the time and inclination to count watts for hours on end in hopes of winning a cross-country race, or who might not like the idea of signing up for a full-fledged downhill event. But they were all out there. Competing. And from my vantage point, it looked like they were having fun.

So why not take a little bit from the enduro mountain bike scene, a little bit from gravel racing, a little from gran fondos, and create a new type of bike race that’s friendlier, all-inclusive and more exciting for every rider. Imagine a competitive event that has you out on the bike all day, but only really suffering for a short period of time. Imagine casual riders and pros, cyclocrossers and criterium specialists—and everything in between—riding and racing on a course designed to award all-around bike riders.

I brought the idea to several bicycle-industry friends. Giro, immediately understanding the potential, ran with it. The result is a new kind of bike race called Grinduro.”

~Joe Parkin is an American bike racer who moved to Belgium in 1985 at the age of 19 to race professionally. After six years as a European pro, competing in cycling’s monuments such events as Paris-Roubaix he moved back to the US and focused on mountain bike racing. Today Parkin is US editor of Enduro Mountainbike Magazine. As you can see by the essay above, the dude has a knack for writing. If you like his stuff, check out two books he’s written about his racing career: A Dog in a Hat and Come and Gone.

SPONSORS

If not for the generosity and efforts of Giro Sport Design, FABRIC and SRAM there would be no such thing as Grinduro. We’d be remiss not to include the following contributors that make Grinduro a memorable event:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's a Grinduro?

It’s one long loop on mixed terrain (with road and gravel) with four-to-six timed segments. In short, it’s what the name suggests: Gravel Road Race + Mountain Bike-Style Enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but the timed segments (each roughly ten-to-15 minutes).

Do I have to train for it?

The course might only be 60 miles, but it’s a crusher. Add the fact that roughly 70-percent of the course is on dirt and you have a makings of a hard day. But the best thing about Grinduro is you don’t need to be on a serious training regimen to do well. Each timed segment is between 10 and 15 minutes. The segments are more like the kind of efforts you hammer out with your pals on the weekends than a traditional bike race.

Is it dangerous?

There are inherent risks anytime you ride a bike. Grinduro is only as dangerous as you make it. We think it is worlds safer than the average office park criterium.

What bike should I ride?

Cyclocross bikes are the most capable Grinduro bikes, but you can ride any pedal-driven bicycle (no electric-pedal assist!). At the inaugural Grinduro in California, we had a mix of ‘cross bikes and 29er mountain bikes with a handful of hearty souls on road bikes. If you’re going to ride a road bike make sure that you have at least 25c tires or wider and tubeless tires are the way to go.

Is this a serious bike race or is it a party?

It depends on who you ask! There will be a contingent of serious racers and there will be plenty of people just out to have a good time. It’s our hope that every participant will have an appropriate mix of good times and competition.

Won’t locals have the advantage?

Local knowledge will certainly go a long way, however, we’re not sharing the exact sections that will be timed until two weeks before the event.

Is food and lodging included in the entry fee?

Yes! Your Grinduro entry fee includes a gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner on race day and all racers camp without additional charge at the Grinduro Village Campgrounds. Make sure you bring all your camping essentials (tent, sleeping back, headlamp…). Camping is only available on Friday and Saturday night. There will be food for sale onsite Friday and Sunday.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the Grinduro Village.

Can I bring my family and friends?

Of course! Bring your friends and your family. The more the merrier!

 We are now offering a Family & Friend Grinduro Weekend Pass to make enjoying Grinduro with loved ones even easier. Be sure to register via Results Base registration page!

 Cost is £30. This covers pretty much everything but the bike race! This pass includes the ferry ride to/from Arran, transportation to Grinduro Village, transfer of luggage to Grinduro Village, camping on Friday and Saturday night, dinner on Saturday night, live music, festival activities and good times!

Are there vegetarian options included?

A number of the people planning this event are vegetarian; there will be several vegetarian and vegan options available.

Do I need to be a downhill demon or a cyclocross champ to race?

No. The descents are only as hard as you make them. Everything is rideable, and it’s our hope that the only time you need to clip out is to stop for lunch!

How do I get to Isle of Arran?

Arran is only accessible by ferry and included in the entry is return travel as a foot passenger and secure parking for your vehicle at Clyde Marina at the Ardrossan Ferry Terminal. Bikes and luggage will be transported by the event allowing you a relaxing sea crossing and a chance to ease in to the Grinduro weekend. When arriving on Arran you will be transported to the event village and reunited with your bike and bags.

 Ferry to Brodick on Isle of Arran departs from Ardrossan Ferry Terminal. The Ardrossan Ferry Terminal is a quick train ride away from Glasgow Airport. You can book your train ticket here: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

 If you plan to travel by car to Isle of Arran, make sure you reserve a spot for your vehicle ahead of time. You can book your ferry reservation from Ardrossan to Brodick and back here: https://www.calmac.co.uk/tickets/standard-tickets

We have limited parking for cars at Arran High School where Grinduro is centered.

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