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Grit of Dunoon 

Taking place on 29th June 2024, the inaugural edition of Grit of Dunoon features three exciting ride options of 'Challenge', 'Explore' and 'Discover Gravel. We are delighted to announce that the Race option will offer the first ever edition of the Scottish Gravel Championships, with jerseys for every category. 

This exciting new feature on the Scottish Gravel calendar offers a riding experience and challenge for all levels of rider, with our three ride options available. Experience Scotland's best kept gravel riding secret...




Challenge- Scottish Gravel Championships

Do you want the chance to win the first ever Scottish Gravel Championship jersey?

The Challenge option takes in 3 loops of a testing 26.5km circuit, culminating in 79km of continuous gravel racing with 1700m across the race duration. There is approximately 4km neutralised at the start of the ride, which roles out from Dunoon Pier and up the High Street in a procession before the flag drops in the forest.  

Race categories:

19 - 39 Years

40 - 49 Years

50 - 59 Years


Though the event is labelled as the Scottish Championships, the event is also open to international competitors - you'll simply select 'Challenge - Non-Championships' if you want to participate in the Championship event but not be eligible to win a jersey. 

The start time is 11:30 with the event starting as a mass start and being neutralised for the first few km's as a possession through the town. Once the flags have dropped the official race starts in a bunch style format. 

Grit of Dunoon Explore 

The Explore course follows the exact same route as the race edition but is at a more leisurely pace, this event is timed with electronic chips but is considered a non-competitive event. At 80km with over 1400m elevation, this really is a proper gravel challenge. Fortunately, you'll be met with some truly breath taking scene's along the way...

You'll set off just after the race wave, with riders setting off from 11:40 - just 10 minutes after the race wave where riders can roll out any time until 12:15.

The route follows the first lap of the Challenge Course but instead of riding multiple laps continues on to complete a one large circuit of 80km that features a mix of stunning gravel trails and minor roads, unlike the Challenge event that completes three loops of the 27km course. 

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Volunteers -  We need your help!

We're just a small team at Outsider Events and are always looking for volunteers. If you are just spectating and want to get involved, please get in touch with us!

As an incentive, for Grit of Dunoon we are offering Volunteers the option of doing a days marshalling then offer a free event entry to any of our future events (event Full weekend pass for Muck n' Mac Fest !)

We have a range of roles for our Volunteers, this can be anything from marshalling at a turn-off, helping out at one of our feed stations or even helping hand out numbers at signing-on. Does this sound like something you'd like get on-board with? 

Volunteer Application Form

"Don't ever question the value of volunteers. Noah's Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals." - David Gynn

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