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The Inaugural Grinduro Scotland

Giro hosted the popular Grinduro Scotland last weekend on Scotland’s Isle of Arran giving riders the perfect opportunity to hone their party to race ratios. Riders made the ferry crossing to Arran on the Friday evening where a bike festival containing custom built frames, Grinduro swag and local tipples were waiting for them.

What sets Grinduro apart is in combining the attributes of a gravel race and a mountain bike enduro. Instead of racing one big timed loop, there were four timed stages within a 75km route around the Island. Two fireroad climbs tested aerobic capacity, there was a fast fireroad descent for the brave, and a super technical singletrack trail through the woods that tested tyre and bike choice. But in only having four timed sections, there’s less emphasis on riding hard on the transitions, and that means a more relaxed vibe and atmosphere. More time to banter with friends new and old, enjoy the views (though the weather kept those to a minimum) and really just have a bit of fun, and great camaraderie.

And it all took place on the Isle of Arran. A short ferry trip from the mainland and an hours drive to Glasgow, it’s relatively easily accessible destination but once there it’s a small paradise and a real escape from the daily grind. Rolling hills and big peaks, the biggest Goatfell at 874 metres, an imposing sight when approaching the Island on the ferry, and surrounded by clear water and lush fertile land crisscrossed by some fabulous trails of all varieties. From wide gravel tracks to narrow singletrack, technical root-infested trails and cliff-edge hugging sinuous paths, there is great riding on the Island and the Grinduro featured some of the best to create a course that was highly challenging in places but ultimately rewarding.

After an epic day in the saddle, discovering new trails on the scenic island with friends old and new, the riders enjoyed more of the local produce as they partied on into the night.

Photo by Russell Burton Photography