General News: Grinduro Wales 2021
Gravel Union On
2 January 2021
In the big scheme of things, riding a gravel bike with our friends perhaps isn’t the most important thing we can hope for in 2021, but it’s one of those things that is definitely going to be in our New Year wish list!
Luckily, just in time to fulfil that wish, is news that Grinduro Wales is back for 2021. Having taken a year off (like most gravel events) in 2020, it’s back and promises to be bigger, better and even more fun than in previous years.
Due to be held for the first time in Wales, instead of their former Scottish island location, Grinduro Wales promises a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as on the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping and a festival atmosphere.
The Grinduro Wales event, hosted by Canyon, will be setting up in the market town of Machynlleth (known as Mach to its' friends) in Powys, North Wales. Originally known as the ancient capital of Wales, it’s now the capital of alternative technology.
On Saturday 24th July, the Welsh Grinduro experience will roll out of town and across the River Dyfi before heading up towards the start of the Climachx mountain bike trails and into Dyfi Forest. Well known for its epic views across the mountains and valleys, Grinduro will take you into the wilderness and beyond.
For anyone not familiar with the Grinduro format, it offers a combination of gravel road race and mountain bike-style enduro: one long loop of pavement, gravel, and dirt, where finishing times are based on four timed segments (each roughly 7 – 12 minutes). As a testament to both the diverse riding skills required and the level of competition, past editions have been won by former professional downhill racers, pro road racers and current cyclocross pros.
Tickets go live 3rd January 18.00hrs (GMT). Rider entry is £120 per person and includes the full Grinduro experience: race, camping, breakfast, lunch and dinner plus entertainment with live bands/DJs.
Tickets can be purchased from www.grinduro.com/wales at 18.00hrs (GMT) on the 3rd January 2021.