Gravel Culture: Migration Gravel Race crowdfunding
Gravel Union On
22 February 2021
If there’s one thing better than riding gravel bikes, then it’s sharing the love of riding gravel bikes. That might be showing a friend your favourite gravel trail, it might be introducing them to a different aspect of the sport such as bikepacking or it might be helping them get into racing.
Gravel Union is all about sharing the love of gravel riding. If that gravel riding happens to be somewhere with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife and a vast network of dirt roads which seem to be custom-designed for riding gravel bikes, then that’s even better! We’re published a couple of articles recently about the Migration Gravel Race, which is going to be heading out through the incredible scenery of Kenya’s Maasai Mara starting on the 23rd June.
We were so inspired by the idea of this event, that we decided we would do something to share our love of gravel riding with the local East African riders. Part of our aim at Gravel Union is to help grow the worldwide gravel cycling community, so we’ve decided to use some of the funds we normally put towards partnering with gravel events in Europe towards the entry fees for five local riders to allow them to race at the Migration Gravel Race. We are working closely with the event organisers to find some local riders who will make the most of this opportunity and we will bring you their story – the Migration Gravel Race viewed through the eyes of an East African gravel rider.
We want to try and go further than this too. Although funding five local riders to enter the race is brilliant and will make a real difference to the gravel riding community in Kenya, Rwanda & Uganda, we would like to do more. So, we’ve set up a crowd-funding scheme to try and raise enough money to fund the entry fees for additional local riders. If every Gravel Union reader gave the price of one take-away coffee to our crowd funding scheme, we could practically fill the race with local riders!
Our goal is to match the amount raised by Gravel Union and fund the entry fees for at least five more local riders to race at the event. Every single donation, no matter how large or small, will make a massive difference. Gravel Union will cover the fees for running the crowd funding campaign, which means that all of the money that you donate will go towards funding entrance places for local riders.
We will put regular updates on the Gravel Union website and on our social media channels about how the crowdfunding is going.
If you would like to donate to our crowd funding scheme, you can find details and make a donation here.