Your Welsh Grinduro experience begins as you roll out of Machynlleth (known as Mach to its' friends) and across the River Dyfi before you head up towards the start of the Climachx Trail and into Dyfi Forest. Well known for it's epic views across the mountains and valleys, we will take you into the wilderness and beyond. The multiple stages and transitions will be varied and will challenge your fitness, technical ability, your bike and your race strategy.
Grinduro Wales is now on the 24th July 2021.
Race HQ and the event village is based in Machynlleth, a market town in Powys, North Wales. Originally known as the ancient capital of Wales, it’s now the capital of alternative technology.
Based just behind the Co-Op supermarket, the venue is a stone's throw from the family-friendly high street. Offering a wealth of accommodation, restaurants, pubs, cafes, museums and entertainment, all within walking distance.
Your Welsh Grinduro experience begins as you roll out of Machynlleth and across the River Dyfi before you head up towards the start of the Climachx Trail and into Dyfi Forest. Well known for it's epic views across the mountains and valleys, we will take you into the wilderness and beyond. The multiple stages and transitions will be varied and will challenge your fitness, technical ability, your bike and your race strategy.
Head for Manchester. Take M62 / M6 to M56 towards Chester. Take M53 / A55 south. Follow A483 south past Wrexham and Oswestry. Turn onto A458 through Welshpool, follow A483 west then take A470 south to Machynlleth at Mallwyd roundabout.
Head for Birmingham and then take M6 north. Turn west onto M54 past Telford. Take M5 round Shrewsbury then turn onto A458 through Welshpool, follow A458 west then take A470 south to Machynlleth at Mallwyd roundabout.
Machynlleth has its own railway station. For rail details call 08457 484 950.
Car Parking and Camping is included in the race entry fee for all competitors. We have a large and mainly flat grass field with easy access.
Please follow the instructions from the car parking stewards.
Please note the venue front gates are open as follows:
Friday 23rd July 09:00 to 22:00.
Saturday 24th July 07:00 to 20:00.
For any enquiries please contact the Event Director, Oliver Paton. firstname.lastname@example.org 07531 930 808.
20:00 to 22:00 ‘The Classics’ bringing you the best covers from the likes of Green Day, Blur and Blink 182.
19:00 to 21:00 ‘The Classics’ bringing you the best covers from the likes of Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana.
21:00 to 23:00 ‘Heritage Nights’ on the decks taking you back to the old skool days of house music , ‘Reach for the lasers, reach for the sky’!
For any enquiries please contact the Event Director, Oliver Paton. email@example.com 07531 930 808.
For any enquiries please contact the Event Director, Oliver Paton. firstname.lastname@example.org 07531 930 808.
The full route is roughly 82km long and comprises of 4 timed stages. Stage 1 and 3 will be timed climbs over a mixture of fire roads and technical single track. Stage 2, the timed descent will fire you down the hill, mixing it up by diverting you in and out of fast and flowing single track.
You will then head back to the event village, where we will allow you time to refuel before you climb the hill behind the event village. A short climb traversing around the hill taking in the views of Machynlleth before you attack the final descent. We have saved the best for last! Fast and furious down the open hillside before diving into the woods hitting up every type of terrain possible. We then fire you into the finishing arena for a final lung burning short sprint across the finish line. Where you will be met with cheers from the crowd, live timing for your race result, potentially the hot seat and a cold beer!
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.
1. 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.
2. All riders must be self-supported. The event organizers and staff are not responsible for your preparedness while riding the course.
3. You should ensure that both yourself and your bike are in a serviceable state to complete a 100km mixed-terrain ride. A standard road bike is NOT suitable for this event.
4. You should ensure that both yourself and your bike are in a serviceable state to complete a 100km mixed-terrain ride. A standard road bike is NOT suitable for this event.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 discreetly and appropriately and not to cause any offense to local residents or other riders.
8. There may be sections of public road included within the course. You must obey all Highway Code rules.
9. Riders whilst participating in the event must do so wearing a helmet complying with the 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.
10. Riders must carry the minimum required equipment for the full duration of the course. Spot checks may be used to ensure rider safety.
11. 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.
12. The Event Registration Form must be completed by a person aged 18 years or over. This event is not open to riders under 16.
13. 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, BDS Events are covered by public liability insurance.
14. Organizers cannot take responsibility for loss or damage of personal possessions during the event.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Each participant hereby grants to BDS 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 BDS Events the right to use and publish such content in any and all media. The participant hereby releases BDS 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 BDS 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 BDS Events event.
19. 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.
20. Entries are NOT refundable, but transfers are possible up to 15:00 on Friday the 9th of October. Please contact email@example.com.
21. An acceptable charge for any loss or damage caused by a rider to timing equipment will be made.
We are offering free camping to Grinduro racers in the event village. The camping is in close enough proximity to the main arena for ease of access. If you want to campo in the Quiet/Family Camping area, please make this known to the parking stewards. Make sure you pack everything you’d normally need for camping (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, torch etc.).
For those camping in tents, motorhorhomes and caravans, all vehicles must be parked in the camping field, please ensure the hand brake is on and the vehicle is in gear.
Please note, no gazeebos/e-zee-ups. We can not guarantee everyone will anchor theirs down and a runaway gazeebo can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to other peoples vehicles and property as well as being a danger to any person in its path. We will allow awnings that are fixed to motorhomes/vans/caravans to be erected.
Please note: Lock your bicyle and possessions up. Ideally inside your vehicle using heavy duty chains and ‘D’ stlye locks, if possible secure to anchor points inside your vehicle and cover up with blankets etc. Do not leave your bike on top or on the back of your vehicle. We would also like to make you aware when cycling around the event to do so in a safe and proper manner as we expect a large number of pedestrians of all ages to be in attendance. We always advise you to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle. When riding at night, we would also advise both front and rear lights.
1.1 – This policy covers the Grinduro. In special circumstances, they may be altered or added to by local rules, made necessary for good management or because of agreements, planning consents, etc. entered into by the event organisers.
1.2 – We ask all of our campers to comply with our policies. If you or your party do not comply with the policies we may ask you to leave the site.
1.3 – The use of threatening behaviour and/or foul and abusive language will not be tolerated and will result in the offender being asked to leave the site.
1.4 – Please consider other users of the site and we ask that all users conduct themselves at all times with due regard to the health and safety of themselves and others.
1.5 – The maximum stay allowed is from Friday 10:00 through to Sunday 12:00, after which time your pitch must be vacated.
1.6 – Apologies to say we are unable to provide electric hook-up points.
1.7 – Personal alcohol must not be consumed or brought into the main finish arena.
2. Check In.
2.1 – Camping Pitches are available from 10:00 on Friday the 9th October. You can arrive on either Friday or Saturday to camp.
2.2 – On arrival, visitors should make contact with the Grinduro Team. Admission to the site is at the discretion of the Grinduro Organisers.
2.3 – In the event of poor ground conditions, a pitch may not be available. The Grinduro Organisers will endeavour to advise you in advance should this occur but no responsibility can be accepted if this is not possible.
2.4 – Please familiarise yourself with the site’s fire regulations and firefighting equipment and its location as soon as you arrive on site.
2.5 – Please note the venue will close the front gates for entry at 22:00 on Friday the 24th and 20:00 on Saturday the 10th of October.
3. Pitching Tents.
3.1 – You may camp next to your vehicle, please do so in accordance to parking marshal’s instruction.
3.2 – If you want to pitch with your friends please reserve them a space. You can also pitch your tent next to your friends live in vehicle caravan/motorhome/van.
3.3 – Anyone caught tampering with fire equipment will be detained and reported to the Police for criminal damage and will receive a lifetime ban from the event. You will also be invoiced for any damage.
3.4 – The fire assembly point will be clearly marked and located next to the wall behind the Co-Op car park.
3.5- Vehicles on the site should be parked with their hand brake on and in gear.
3.6 – The transfer or sub-letting of pitches is not allowed.
3.7 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
3.8 – Gazeebos / E-zee-ups are not permitted.
3.9 Pitching Caravans/Motorhomes and live in Vehicles (also includes vans you are sleeping in).
3.9.1 – On arrival, the Grinduro Organisers will show you to your camping pitch and answer any queries you may have. If you want to pitch your live in vehicle with your friends you must save them a space. We need to enforce the four meter rule between live in vehicles, excluding guide ropes. You can camp inside your awning and next to your motorhome, please do so in accordance to the parking team’s instruction.
3.9.2 – The “four metre rule” means that live in vehicles such as motorhomes and caravans must be four metres apart from adjacent units in order to protect you against the spread of fire. At all times there must be a clear 7.5 meter wide road way to allow emergency vehicle access.
3.9.3 – The fire assembly point will be clearly marked and located in the large field opposite the lake and finish arena next to the exit road.
3.9.4 – The pitch (along with any ancillary equipment) must fit within the confines of your pitch whilst maintaining the four-meter rule.
3.9.5 – The transfer or sub-letting of pitches is not allowed.
3.9.6 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
3.9.7 – Gazeebos / E-zee-ups are not permitted. Only awnings that are fitted to your vehicle are allowed.
4.1 – Barbecues must be purpose-built and portable, standing clear of the ground. There must be no possibility of damage to the ground. Only gas or a charcoal barbecues should be used.
4.2 – Barbecues must be fully extinguished and cold before disposing of in the bins provided. Anyone causing a bin fire will be billed accordingly.
4.3 – Campfires are not permitted.
4.4 – Fireworks are not permitted.
4.5 – Never use or store a used BBQ in your tent, sleeping or living quarters. Please be aware of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, it can be a killer.
5.1 – Pets are welcome (no tigers, sharks or lions please) on site but you are responsible for the behaviour of your animals. Please ensure that your animals are not allowed loose on site and are kept on a lead no longer than 2 meters.
5.2 – You must ensure that your pets do not foul the site and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.
5.3 – If it is deemed a pet is creating a nuisance or causing disturbance to others, you will be asked to remove them from the site. Please note we do not allow on site, any breed of dog listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991.
5.4 – Please do not leave pets in your vehicle if there is a chance of them overheating.
5.5 – Check dogs and yourselves for Ticks, we always advise you to pack a Tick Removing Tool.
6.1 – The flying of model aircraft, drones and kites are prohibited.
6.2 – It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure children are supervised at all times, whilst on site.
6.3 – The releasing of sky lanterns with naked flames is not permitted.
6.4 - Please ensure all children or vulnerable persons are supervised at all times and aware of any dangers.
7.1 – Noise must be kept to a reasonable level at all times so as not to disturb the enjoyment of others camping.
7.2 – Between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00 all music, lighting and generators must be turned off.
7.3 – Generators may be used, we may ask you to refrain from using them if they cause a disturbance. Please ensure they are fenced off and not accessible to the general public. Also, ensure that any fuel is kept in the correct container for its content and that it is kept locked away and out of direct sunlight. Please make sure a competent person refuels the generator (when cold) and according to the manufacturer's instructions.
8.1 – Vehicle movement on the site is prohibited between 22:00 and 07:00. This is for your safety. If you do need to leave in an emergency, please contact a member of our 24hr security team and they will assist you in your departure.
8.2 – Vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists are required to adhere to the Site’s 5 mph speed limit and follow any one-way systems in place.
8.3 – All cycles should have appropriate lighting if used at a time when it should be required.
8.4 – Essential repairs can be carried out so that an unserviceable vehicle can leave the site, however, general maintenance and servicing is not allowed.
8.5 – Drivers of vehicles, including motorcycles, must hold a full and current driving licence and a road fund licence in order to drive their vehicle at the venue.
8.6 – Ebikes that are chipped to exceed the legal speed limit are not allowed to be used onsite.
8.7 – Mini motor-bikes are not to be driven around the event site.
8.8 – Once your vehicles are parked up, that vehicle must only be driven when you are exiting the venue.
8.9 Please don’t lock your bike to the roof or the rear of your vehicle. Lock it securely inside your vehicle with D Locks and Cable Locks (around car seat frames etc..) if possible. Remember: Out of sight is out of mind.
9.1 – Chemical toilets must only be emptied at the chemical disposal point, using only water from that source to rinse and clean them out. This is located next to the entry.
9.2 – To avoid possible damage to sewerage systems we support the use of biodegradable chemical fluids that do not affect the natural bacterial balance within the system.
10. Your Departure.
10.1 – Camping and Parking Pitches must be vacated by 12:00 on Sunday.
10.2 – If you leave a camping unit or other property on the site without prior arrangement after 12:00 on Sunday. The Grinduro Team shall be entitled to dispose of such property.
11. Lost Property.
11.1 – All items of lost property will be retained for one week. Items not claimed after this period will be donated to a local charity this includes any money. Any items that are not of use to any of the local charities will be disposed of.
11.2 – Anything, where the owner is readily identifiable will be either directly returned to the owner if still on site or contacted if possible. If it is not possible to contact the owner the items will be passed to the Police.
11.3 – Owners are responsible for the cost of reclaiming their goods.
11.4 – Credit or debit cards. Reported to the card issuer. The card issuer will then advise what further action is necessary.
11.5 – Items where there is any suspicion of danger to employees or to the public. The police will be contacted immediately in such circumstances for advice.
11.6 – Any item that we feel has clearly been abandoned will be disposed of.
11.7 – Where items of property are claimed the claimant should be expected to provide a description of the items lost. The claimant must sign for all items claimed and record their full name and address and provide valid I.D.
12.1 – The Grinduro Organisers will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to the property of the visitor, including personal belongings, cash, jewellery, bicycles and motor vehicles, however, caused during their stay.
We believe that bike riders’ health, attitude and performance is directly related to the foods that they eat, so we have amazing food planned for the weekend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included with race entry. For the rest of the weekend we will have various vendors on site selling food.
In addition to fame and glory, each winner will take home a little something special. Podium presentations will take place on the main stage in the marquee directly after racing on Saturday evening. More details will follow shortly!
THE BEST BIKE: You can ride any type of pedal-driven bicycle (no electric-pedal assist!), although we recommend a cyclocross/gravel bike or mountain bike. The ultimate setup is probably a disc brake-equipped cyclocross/gravel bike with fast-rolling, tubeless clincher tires. Be prepared with at least two extra inner tubes, a multi-tool and mini-pump.
We’ll be in Wales, so expect the unexpected regards to the weather. Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes! Be prepared with a rain shell and the basics—ideally arm/leg warmers too—just in case weather rolls in. Also pack the sunscreen and your bikin, you never know!
There will be feed zones (and an excellent lunch!), smart riders will bring at least two water bottles and their favorite nutritional supplies.
We always advise you wear as much protection as you deem necessary. Always wear your helmet when riding your bike and make sure it is correctly attached as recommended by the manufacturer. Plus riding glasses/goggles, protect your eyes!!
Grinduro’s Art and Bike Show is a curated collection of our favourite, mostly-bike-related things. It’s two parts handmade bicycle display, one part art exhibition, and one part bike shop.
It includes 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 have a host of custom bike manufacturers coming to our Pop-Up Shop this year, a full listing will be published soon.
The Handmade Bike Show at Grinduro Wales will be run in collaboration with The Bicycle Academy.
In addition to the bike exhibit, we’ll have work on display from some of our favorite artists and photographers, including plenty of locals.
If you’re interested in displaying your work in the Grinduro Handmade Bike and Art Show, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is your chance to see the World’s fastest gravel racers in action, up close and personal plus you get £50.00 towards your out of pocket expenses for volunteering to marshal on Saturday the 10th of October.
All marshals will be fed breakfast lunch and dinner on event day, 24th July 2021.
Interested in helping out? Download the application, fill it in and return to the email address below.Download Volunteer Application
Please note that all friends/family or spectators must purchase a 'Companion Entry' ticket. This will grant each person access to the event village, entertainment tent plus camping and parking from Friday 23rd until Sunday 25th July. We will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday 25th July. Upon arrival please report to Race Registration with your confirmation email to collect your wrist band.
Companion Entry price is based on age on 25th October 2020. Proof of age may be requried and anyone 16 years or below must be accompanied by an adult.