Galloway Forest Gravel Epic

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Galloway Forest Park is not only the largest forest in the UK but also home to miles of fantastic gravel and off-road trails waiting to be explored. With three distances to choose from, come and see for yourself why this is in the top 3 places for gravel riding in the UK.
Long Route - 129k, Medium Route - 73k and Short Route - 59k
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8:00am Sat 8th Jul 2023
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Creebridge, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Galloway Forest Park, Galloway Forest, Creebridge, Newton Stewart DG8 6AJ, UK
Start times
8:00am Sat 8th Jul 2023
Long Route - 129k:
8:00am |
Medium Route - 73k:
8:00am |
Short Route - 59k:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Galloway Forest Gravel Epic
Long Route - 129k
Medium Route - 73k
Short Route - 59k
Route information
Long Route
Distance: 129km
Elevation: 2050m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 85%
Setting out from just north of Newton Stewart, this glorious route starts with a bang with the toughest climb of the day coming straight away – 3km at 5.5% on the gravel.
You then descend down to Clatteringshaws Loch where the long route splits from the other options at 18km.
The extra 53km loop in the long route is pretty punchy, containing an extra 750m of elevation. This section heads to the East of Galloway Forest to catch a glimpse of the Water of Fleet viaduct through deep forest and past a number of pretty lochs. You rejoin the others back at Clatteringshaws Loch for a stunning 25km section rolling past Loch Dee & Loch Trool before finishing with a flatter section through Kirrough Forest, down into Newton Stewart and back to the finish line for a beer.
Almost all of the route is off road on excellent gravel. One of the highlights of the season!
Medium Route
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1250m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 80%
The medium route deviates from the short route 18km in to take a loop around Catteringshaws Loch, upping the milage but with little in the way of additional climbing before rejoining the short route to finsh the ride.
Almost all of road with a beautiful section past Loch Dee & Loch Trool, this is one of the best 75km routes in the UK. Quite challenging but suitable for riders of most abilities.
Short Route
Distance: 59km
Elevation: 1150m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 80%
A beautiful short route. The route splits from the others after the first climb (3km at 5.5%) and after a great view over the forest, it’s time to descend north towards the lochs.
The best section of the route is the rolling terrain past Loch Dee & Loch Trool and then back through Kirrough Forest. This option has over 1,000m of elevation so it’s not easy but the hardest section is at the beginning with fresh legs.
What's included
  • Route GPX (sent out one week before)
  • Feed stations with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition from the experts at Outdoor Provisions.
  • Beer at finish line
  • Fully way-marked route
  • Chip-timed results
  • Race Village
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Bike wash
  • Rider support vans
How to get there
Galloway Forest Park, Galloway Forest, Creebridge, Newton Stewart DG8 6AJ, UK
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There will be free parking at the event village.
Event day logistics
07:45 Ride village at Talnotry opens. Collect your ride number.
08:00 - 09:30 Ride start. You will be set off in small groups
18:30 Rider village closes
19:00 Link to ride times and photos set out
Feed stations
All feed stations will be stacked with water, cake, fruit, sports nutrition bars, and nut butter.
Race Village
At the finish, there will be a race village where you can grab some food, a pint, or a coffee.
Mechanical issues
There will be mechanics at all aid stations and ride captains to also help with any bike issues.
Can I use an E-bike at the Galloway Forest Gravel Epic?
Yes, E-bikes are allowed at this event.
What Happens if I have a mechanical / accident at the Galloway Forest Gravel Epic?
There will be first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.
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