A NEW KIND OF BIKE RACE
In short, Grinduro is just what the name suggests: Gravel Road Race + 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 fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping and a festival atmosphere.
The course is a serious affair 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. The course features a mix of surfaces (smooth pavement, gravel and hard-packed dirt) over the trails terrain that ranges from steep and technical to fast and flowing. Along the way you’ll enjoy views of rugged coastline, lowland marsh, soaring peaks, and historic ruins.
With a Gran Fondo-style mass start from Lamlash, you’ll be pedaling out of the village alongside your heroes and the pace will be conversational—because overall time doesn’t matter, only the four timed segments. The Grinduro segments are designed to reward the most well rounded of rouleurs.