It's been a busy week on the gravel front for Canyon; hot on the heels of their Grizl launch (that's Canyon's new gravel bike, in case you missed the blanket coverage) comes news of a brand-new gravel stage race.
Raiders Gravel is a 4-day gravel race set in Galloway and Southern Ayrshire. The inaugural edition is set to take place from 7-10 October 2021, and will feature three stages of racing in Galloway Forest Park.
Entrants will race in teams of two, with prices starting at £375 per person.
Organisers Golazo say: "This premium all-inclusive event has the optimal mix of adventure, entertainment, culture and relaxation, guaranteeing an unforgettable time in the South of Scotland.
"Team entry packages include daily breakfast, recovery lunch and dinner, evening entertainment, welcome drinks, GPS rider tracking, professionally managed race route, special inaugural edition finisher medals, camping pitch (BYO tent) or motorhome parking, MucOff bike wash, secure bike storage, free WiFi in the event village, Bioracer leader jerseys for all race categories, goodie bags with sponsored merch and much more."
The event will build on Canyon and Golazo's existing partnership running the King's Cup Gravel Festival. Originally slated for 2020, Covid means the first edition will take place on 17-19 September 2021, with a gravel fondo and the inaugural British Gravel Championships.
Canyon also sponsor Golazo's Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo, which is the UK's qualifying event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
Announcing Raiders Gravel Galloway, Malcolm Smith, Golazo Cycling Director, says: "We're stoked to bring this incredibly unique event to the stunning region around the Galloway Forest Park.
"As a gravel enthusiast myself, I was blown away by the wilderness and scenery here in Galloway. Paired with some of the best gravel tracks in the UK, riders are in for an unforgettable time in the South of Scotland.
"We're also particularly excited by the world-class headline partner line-up of Canyon, POC Sports, MucOff, HIGH5 and Bioracer as well as funding support from the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA), South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) and the Dumfries & Galloway Council, all of whom are playing a vital role in creating one of the world's leading gravel events."
Jemma Reid, Project Manager, South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) said "We're delighted to be supporting the new Raiders Gravel Galloway event.
"From the Solway Coast 200 to Glentress mountain biking mecca, the South offers superb cycling with options for everyone, no matter your age, level or ability. We have it all - gentle hills, road routes, challenging terrains - topped off with the most spectacular, breath-taking scenery.
"As we at the SSDA work to transform our region into a world-class destination, the cycling community and cycling events such as Raiders Gravel, will play a big role in helping us become the go-to location for those visitors looking for the best two-wheeled adventures in Scotland!"
Find out more and enter at raidersgravel.com.