A new kind of bike race...
Voted “Event of the Year” by the Design and Innovation Awards committee, Grinduro expanded onto two continents in 2017. The unique format of Grinduro combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.
In short, Grinduro is just what it sounds like: Gravel Grinder + 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 party as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, free camping and a festival atmosphere.
The course is a serious affair (45 miles of rolling terrain) 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. With spectacular scenery and a friendly pace, you’ll be in no big rush to find the finish line. The course features a mix of surfaces (smooth pavement, gravel and hard-packed dirt) with punchy climbs, flat out fire road and flowing natural singletrack descents. Riders will finally descend a cliff top to the shoreline with stunning coastal views.
With a Gran Fondo-style mass start from Lamlash, you’ll be pedaling out of town and up the first climb alongside your heroes and the pace will be conversational—because overall time doesn’t matter, only the four timed segments. The Grinduro segments (the exact sections will be shared two weeks prior to the event date) are designed to reward the most well rounded of rouleurs.
JOIN THE PARTY ON JULY 14, 2018!
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.
PREMIUM SWAG: Grinduro participants will receive an amazing care package of limited edition goodies including:
FABRIC Water Bottle – custom, limited edition Grinduro edition
Giro Socks – limited edition, Grinduro!
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! Note: No vehicular crossings are included in the entry fee, rider and bike ONLY.
TENT CAMPING: We’re offering free camping to Grinduro racers near the Grinduro Village. The camping is 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 is also very limited parking without hook- ups for camper vans. If you want camping with hook-ups please contact Middletons Camping to book.
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.
We like to party! We’re working hard to bring you some amazing live music. Stay tuned for artist/DJ announcements.