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Gravelfoyle Festival of Cycling


Cyclists are heading to Aberfoyle this weekend, or to be more specific, Gravelfoyle. It’s the Gravelfoyle Festival of Cycling on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April. The festival is a celebration of the UCI Cycling World Championships arriving in Scotland from 3rd to 13th August 2023, aswell as a showcase for the UK’s finest gravel riding.

How lucky are we that Gravelfoyle is on our doorstep! The Roots shop is in Doune, the gateway to the stunning Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and only 16 miles from Gravelfoyle’s starting point, Aberfoyle. Within just a 12km radius of the village there are over 200km of gravel roads, trails, and paths to explore.

The Loch Ard Forest provides the backdrop for three amazing, marked gravel loops too, the Faerie (10km), the Aqueduct (20km) and the Lomond View (30km). The brainchild of Bike Trossachs, a community interest company aiming to promote cycling participation, Gravelfoyle’s popularity and success has skyrocketed.

The Festival of Cycling is yet another activity aimed at getting people on their bikes. Thanks to generous funding from the Event Scotland Community Cycling Fund, a range of free to attend activities are on offer over the weekend. This is where we come in! Roots will be on hand to offer demo bikes, advice and we’ll have some cycling essentials with us for you to browse. It will be great to see you, so why not come and try a selection of our bikes. There will also be led-rides, music, food, films, laughs, a pump track, smoothie bikes, coaching, cargo bikes and more. A festival in every sense of the word.

Adapative Riders Collective and Dirt Divas partner the event and Roots are proud to collaborate with both. We are passionate about everyone’s involvement in cycling, so it’s great to be working alongside them, promoting inclusive cycling.

Sunday sees the arrival of a brand-new long-distance challenge. The Grand Old Dukes is a 111-mile non-competitive day event, climbing 10,000ft. It’s no doubt extremely hard work, but the iconic Dukes Pass offers stunning views of the park, from the lochs to the mountains. If 111 miles is a little too much, the participants would love your support. So, come along and spend time in Aberfoyle and welcome the cyclists back in. We love chatting to new and regular cyclists and we want to share our knowledge with you. The Roots Family can be found in the Dounans Outdoor Centre, just outside Aberfoyle.

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