Lauf Gritfest, a long-standing UK gravel event, has announced a partnership with Gravel Earth Series – an international gravel event series which enjoyed a successful first run this year. This means that the 2024 Lauf Gritfest, now in its sixth edition, is the first UK gravel event to award points to the racers competing in the international series.
"We are thrilled to be a key partner in the Gravel Earth Series and to showcase the special charm of our event and the surrounding area to riders from around the world. The series embodies everything we love about gravel riding – accessibility, inclusivity, and the belief that enjoying the ride is just as important as the race itself," Matthew Page, Lauf Gritfest's Race Director, said.
Gravel Earth Series was first raced in 2023, and attracted great interest globally. The series is free from conventional governing body regulations, combining various independently run events with diverse formats to create a series that aims to celebrate the true essence of gravel cycling.
Now part of the racing series, Lauf Gritfest will take place over three days, from 21 June to 23 June 2024, and kicks off with an optional prologue event on Friday, followed by two days of riding and racing. The picturesque village of Rhandirmwyn, with the Cambrian Mountains as its backdrop and expansive views of the Brecon Beacons, serves as the event base.
The rally-style format of Gritfest alternates between timed stages and untimed liaison stages, fostering an environment where riders can socialise and relish the experience between timed sections. The event route spans approximately 125 kilometres over two days, with about 70 percent of the riding taking place off-road and 40 percent on timed stages. The 2024 edition promises fresh route sections, alongside the return of some beloved bits.
Entries for the 2024 edition of Lauf Gritfest opened on 1 December 2023 and a limited number of spots are available. You can secure yours here on Lauf Gritfest's website.
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