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.

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

AWARDS

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.

You can ride this loop in road shoes with road pedals, but we recommend mountain bike pedals and shoes for their versatility.

 

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

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, July 14
Androssan

10:00:
Car park open -Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

11:00:
Grinduro Welcome Desk – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

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

12:30–13:25:
Ferry Crossing 1 – Ferry

14:00–14:45:
Check In for Ferry Group 2 – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

15:20–16:15:
Ferry Crossing 2 – Ferry

16:30–17:15:
Check In for Ferry Group 3 – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

18:00–18:55:
Ferry Crossing 3 – Ferry

19:00–19:45:
Check In for Ferry Group 4 – Ardrossan Ferry Terminal

20:30–21:25:
Ferry Crossing 4 – Ferry

 

Friday, July 14
Isle of Arran

13:30:
Grinduro Gates Open – Grinduro Village

13:3022:30:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Grinduro Village

14:0022:30:
Registration Check-In – Grinduro Village

15:0022:30:
Bar / Drinks – Grinduro Village

16:0022:30:
Food & Local Vendors – Grinduro Village

18:00–19:00:
Steel Brazing Demo with the Bicycle Academy – Grinduro Village

Saturday, July 15

4:59:
Sunrise

06:00–07:30:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

06:00–07:30:
Breakfast – Grinduro Village

08:00:
Mass Start – Start/Finish Line by Campground

08:00:
Ride with 4 timed segments, aid stations, snack stops, lunch, and good times  – Isle of Arran

12:00-14:00:
Lunch – Grinduro Village

15:00-19:00:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

15:00–24:00:
Bar / Drinks – Canteen

15:00–19:00:
Finish Line Studio Portraits – Grinduro Village

17:00–20:00:
Dinner – Grinduro Village

18:00–19:00:
Steel Brazing Demo with The Bicycle Academy – Grinduro Village

18:00–19:00:
Band TBA – Theater

19:00–20:00:
Awards – Theater

20:30–21:30:
The Van T’s – Theater

21:54:
Sunset

22:00–Late:
Other Band / DJ TBA – Theater

Sunday, July 16

7:00–10:00:
Grinduro Art & Bike Exhibit – Sports Hall

7:00–9:00:
Food Vendors – Grinduro Village

7:00–10:00:
Steel Brazing Demo with The Bicycle Academy – Grinduro Village

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

11:05–12:00:
Ferry Crossing 1 – Ferry

12:45–13:15:
Check-out & Bus Loading Ferry Group 2b – Arran High School

13:55–14:50:
Ferry Crossing 2 – Ferry

15:30–16:00:
Check-out & Bus Loading Ferry Group 3b – Arran High School

16:40–17:35:
Ferry Crossing 3 – Ferry

17:45–18:15:
Check-out & Bus Loading Ferry Group 4b – Arran High School

19:20–20:15:
Ferry Crossing 4 – Ferry

FORMAT

This event combines the best attributes of gravel road races with the best parts of mountain bike-style enduros. It’s a 60-mile loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments.

  • Segment One is a 6km wide open, non-technical climb with a few dips to practice your drafting.
  • Segment Two is a 2km technical singletrack section which twists and turns through the woods and gradually descends to cross a small stream.
  • Segment Three is a 3km blazing fast forest track descent.
  • Segment Four is a 2.5km singletrack climb through the forest with a few punchy gradients to break the rhythm.

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.