THE RACE

As the ferry pulls away from Ardrossan you leave regular life behind. Anticipation builds throughout the hour-long, scenic ferry ride, as jagged peaks come into view, and finally the ferry unloads in Brodick, on the Isle of Arran.

The Isle of Arran is known as “Scotland in Miniature,” with more than 60 miles of rugged coastline, atmospheric woodland, soaring peaks, historic ruins and trails aplenty. Arran is quickly becoming one of the UK’s must ride destinations, with trails ranging from steep and technical to fast and flowing. In other words, it’s the perfect location to host the Grinduro.

Grinduro Scotland will be based in the village of Lamlash in a beautiful sheltered bay that overlooks the impressive Holy Island. This is where it all happens, from the Bike and Art Gallery to the post-race music festival and party. This is also where the route departs from, heading out on a mix of forest roads and singletrack trails that offer expansive vistas along the way. After a return to the event village for lunch, the afternoon loop heads north, offering more singletrack and a visit to the grounds of Brodick Castle. Some testing climbs give more amazing views, before descending a cliff top trail to the finish.

Course Map

Grinduro! Scotland 2018 Route.

Just save the below route to your Komoot profile, then you are ready to navigate with just your smartphone, or sync the route to your Garmin or Wahoo and off you go!



GPX Download

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What You Need To Know

We’re so glad you’ve chosen to join us on the Isle of Arran, and we can’t wait to get the party started. There’s going to be ton of awesome stuff going on; download the PDF below to make sure you have all the vital information you need to have a great time.

2018 Grinduro Scotland Rider Information

 

For the full Terms & Conditions please download the PDF:

Grinduro Scotland Terms & Conditions

RACE CATEGORIES

Please note that the Organizers reserve the right to combine race categories dependent on entry numbers.

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

**Must be 16 or over to race.

RACE RESULTS & AWARDS

VIEW 2018 RACE RESULTS

 

Each category winner will take home a custom Grinduro trophy and other special prizes.

RECOMMENDED GEAR

THE BEST BIKE: You can ride any type of pedal-driven bicycle (no electric-pedal assist!), although we recommend a cyclocross bike or mountain bike. The ultimate setup is probably a disc brake-equipped cyclocross bike with fast-rolling, tubeless clincher tires. Be prepared with at least two extra tubes, a multi-tool and mini-pump.

We’ll be in Scotland, so rain should be expected. Be prepared with a rain shell and the basics—ideally arm/leg warmers too—just in case weather rolls in.

There will be feed zones (and an excellent lunch!), but smart riders will bring at least two water bottles and their favorite nutritional supplies.

We recommend mountain bike pedals and shoes for their versatility.

 

And don’t take the start line without a helmet on!

2018 EVENT
SCHEDULE

*Tentative
Friday, July 13
Ardrossan

10:30 am:
Car park open  at Clyde Marina – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

11:00 am – 7:30 pm:
Grinduro Welcome Desk – Clyde Marina

11:00 am – 11:45 am:
Check In for Ferry Group 1 – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

12:30 pm – 1:25 pm:
Ferry Crossing 1 – Ferry

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm:
Check In for Ferry Group 2 – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

3:20 pm– 4:15 pm:
Ferry Crossing 2 – Ferry

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm:
Check In for Ferry Group 3 – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

6:00 pm – 6:55 pm:
Ferry Crossing 3 – Ferry

 

Friday, July 13
Isle of Arran

1:30 pm:
Grinduro Gates Open – Arran High School

1:30 pm – 10:30 pm:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

2:00 pm – 10:30 pm:
Registration/Check-In – Sports Hall

3:00 pm – 11:30 pm:
Bar / Drinks – Canteen

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm:
Food Vendors – Grinduro Village

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:
Steel Brazing Demo with the Bicycle Academy – Grinduro Village

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
Rapha Movie: Outskirts – Theater

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm:
Live Music: Danny Mooney – Grinduro Village

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm:
Rapha Movie: Outskirts – Theater

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm:
Live Music: Open Mic *instruments available! – Grinduro Village

Saturday, July 14

4:56:
Sunrise

7:30 am – 9:15 am:
Breakfast – Grinduro Village

8:00 am – 9:30 am:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

9:30 am:
Mass Start – Start

9:30 am 5:00 pm:
Ride with 4 timed segments, aid stations, snack stops, lunch, and good times  – Isle of Arran

11:45 am  1:00 pm:
Lunch – Grinduro Village

12:15 pm:
After Lunch Start Time – Start Line

3:00 pm– 7:00 pm:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

3:00 pm – 12:00 am:
Bar / Drinks – Canteen

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm:
Finish Line Studio Portraits – Theater

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
Dinner – Grinduro Village

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:
Steel Brazing Demo with The Bicycle Academy – Grinduro Village

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
Awards – Theater

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm:
Live Music: Rebellions – Theater

9:53 pm:
Sunset

10:00 pm – Late:
DJ: Tony Ferries – Theater

Sunday, July 15

8:00 am – 10:00 am:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

8:00 am – 9:30 am:
Food Vendors – Grinduro Village

9:45 am – 10:15 am:
Check-out & Bus Loading for Ferry Group 1b – Arran High School

11:05 am – 12:00 pm:
Ferry Crossing 1 – Ferry

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm:
Check-out & Bus Loading Ferry Group 2b – Arran High School

1:55 pm – 2:50 pm:
Ferry Crossing 2 – Ferry

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm:
Check-out & Bus Loading Ferry Group 3b – Arran High School

4:40 pm – 5:35 pm:
Ferry Crossing 3 – Ferry

FORMAT

This event combines the best attributes of gravel road races with the best parts of mountain bike-style enduros. It’s a 83.3km loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments.

Special Stage 1, Fireroad of Fury – 4km to 6.5km

Flat out, high speed forest road descent … early on in the day coming up directly after a long climb this is your time to shine early!  HAMMER TIME!

Special Stage 2, The Lung Buster – 18km to 20.8km

At the most northerly part of the course you will encounter a lung buster of a stage.  Mixed gradient and track you need to muster all you can to win over this climbing stage.

Special Stage 3, Lunch Roll  – 42km to 47.5km

No joke this is a long one, the longest stage of the day comes after lunch.  A rolling fireroad assault with not enough down to recover and enough up to bring on those burning legs.  Don’t quit and go all in!

 Special Stage 4, The Final Fling – 78km to 81.2km

The final tester, a descent of singletrack track testing your bike handling before fortune favours the brave in the fireroad finale.  Leave it all on the trail!

* Timed Segments may be subject to change

RULES OF THE ROAD

Be cool, have fun and enjoy the ride. Those are the rules! For those of you who need things spelled-out, here you have it…

The Terms and Conditions detailed below apply to all entrants participating in the Grinduro. Completion of an entry form or purchase of an entry by every participant acknowledges acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the participant.

  • Riders are required to attend a start line briefing and read briefing notes and sign to confirm that they agree to abide by the instructions given.
  • All riders must be self-supported. The event organizers and staff are not responsible for your preparedness while riding the course.
  • You should ensure that both yourself and your bike are in a serviceable state to complete a 60-mile mixed-terrain ride. A standard road bike is NOT suitable for this event.
  • Each participant, upon signing the registration form, agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding the distance they have chosen. If, during the event, they decide to change their route and distance, then all consequences of this action are theirs.
  • If the situation arises that you are in an accident and are not capable of making the decision to call the emergency services, the rider agrees that a member of the organization or a member of the public/other rider may call for them.
  • At any time pre, during, and post event, riders must conduct themselves in a manner that does not discredit themselves or the event organizers. Riders must be considerate to other users of bridleways, tracks, byways and public ways when riding on and off road.
  • Riders are expected to respect the countryside that the event travels through. It should be remembered that this is both a working landscape and home to many communities. Riders stopping for a comfort break are asked to do so discretely and appropriately and not to cause any offense to local residents or other riders.
  • There may be sections of public road included within the course. You must obey all Highway Code rules.
  • Riders whilst participating in the event must do so wearing a helmet complying with latest EN1078, ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards. Any rider not conforming with this term will not be allowed to start or will be removed from the event if started.
  • Riders must carry the minimum required equipment for the full duration of the course. Spot checks may be used to ensure rider safety.
  • The organizers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event should access to the event or sufficient portions of the course be deemed too dangerous due to severe adverse weather conditions.
  • The Event Registration Form must be completed by a person aged 18 years or over. This event is not open to riders under 16.
  • All riders are covered by third party insurance for the duration of the event. The cost of this is included in your entry fee. In addition, Focal Events are covered by public liability insurance.
  • Organizers cannot take responsibility for loss or damage of personal possessions during the event.
  • During the event there will be warning signs at appropriate points on the trails or roads used for this event. Absence of these signs does not signal there are no dangers approaching and it is the individual rider’s responsibility to make a decision regarding whether to ride a section or not. The marking of the route does not necessarily indicate that the trail or road is rideable and the participant is deemed to make their own decision about whether to proceed on bike, foot or not at all.
  • Riders are expected not to drop or leave any litter on any part of the route and to dispose of it responsibly at an appropriate place or bin. Any rider found littering will be disqualified from the event.
  • Each participant will be fully responsible for any fees or costs incurred or arising from an accident either involving or caused by the rider. This includes, but is not exclusive to, fees from Police, Air Ambulance, Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance service.
  • Each participant hereby grants to Focal Events an exclusive, absolute and irrevocable worldwide assignment in perpetuity in the photographs/film/video/electronic representations and/or sound recordings of the participant obtained at the event and grants to Focal Events the right to use and publish such content in any and all media. The participant hereby releases Focal Events from any and all liability from such use and promotion. The participant hereby authorizes the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage and/or distribution of said photographs/film/video tapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of Focal Events. The participant specifically waives any right to any compensation they may have for appearing in any of the photographs/film/video/electronic representations and/or sound recordings of the participant at a Focal Events event.
  • In the event that a participant fails to complete the course for any reason they agree to return to or call the event centre before the close of the event and report to a member of staff. Not doing so will mean that a search may be organized and the subsequent cost will be billed to the rider.
  • Entries are NOT refundable, but transfers are possible up to 2 weeks prior to event through Results Base where you purchased your entry.
  • An acceptable charge for any loss or damage caused by a rider to timing equipment will be made.