In its fourth year, the mixed-terrain Grinduro event will see a return to two classic venues in 2018. On July 14, it’s off to the Isle of Arran in Scotland, and on September 29, riders will head to Quincy, California, where Grinduro was born.
With live music, a hand-made bicycle and art show, and a demanding course that combines pavement, fire roads, and singletrack, Grinduro brings all types of riders together for a weekend of fun. Registration will open at www.grinduro.com on 9am PST January 2 for Grinduro Scotland, and 8pm April 22 for Grinduro Quincy.
“Last year was our first venture abroad with Grinduro and the enthusiasm from Scottish attendees easily matched that at our signature Quincy event, which sold out in 12 hours,” said Melanie Garrido, Giro marketing manager. “Our festival area with music, art, and hand-made bikes will expand at both events this year and we’ve added very limited expo areas for brands who understand the importance of the proper race-to-party ratio.”
Grinduro is 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 five-to-seven minutes).
As a testament to both the diverse riding skills required and the level of competition, past champions have included current cross-country pro Katerina Nash and former downhill professional Duncan Riffle, both of whom rode cyclocross bikes for their wins. But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s 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.
For more info head to grinduro.com.