08 June 2019
Grit, gravel or whatever you call it want to try a cycling adventure into the lesser-known corners of the Tweed Valley? Everyone knows the Tweed Valley has fabulous roads jammed with stunning views and hardly any cars, and of course, we have a vast collection of world-class mountain bike trails spreading like veins through the hills and woodlands. But what lies between has been something of a secret pleasure countless miles of backcountry forest, dirt or drove roads taking the adventurous bicyclist to undiscovered corners of this beautiful land.All you need is a spirit of adventure and a bike that can despatch the miles on a variety of surfaces, leaving the traffic far behind and often far below you.Gritopia is a new event for adventure/gravel/backcountry, or whatever you want to call it, riders. With an event HQ in the TweedLove T On The Green event village, Gritopia will take you on a journey to many new places in the valley hinterland, with mile after mile of empty grit and gravel, and a few stretches of quiet tarmac linking it all up.The course will be around 60km, all way-marked and youll also get a route map and feed station along the way. There will be some big climbs along the way lifting you to spectacular high roads and ancient trails.Aimed at any bike rider whos up for an adventure, the event works as a first-time gravel event but will also have plenty of fun for the more experienced gravellist. You can do it on any suitable bike which means a mountain bike will be fine too, but a small-tired pure road bike will likely be a tad uncomfortable (and the gearing might be unhelpful in one or two places!).