With the growth of Gravel Grinder type style events hitting the US in a most popular wave as of late others are starting to take notice and embrace the Gravel style as well. The Dirty Reiverwas first put on last year with it’s inception and struck a cord with the European contingent of Gravel enthusiasts as they had four hundred participants their first year. Coming into year two they sold out quickly with eight hundred participants.
Based out of the Kielder Castle which is just on the border of Scotland/England the venue holds a true Gravel feeling to it and not your standard road/paved cycling event. The Dirty Reiver is not for the faint of heart as well as it’s at a distance of 200km (130km route option as well) with over 4,000 meters of climbing. The climbing is scattered through out the length of the route in standard British rolling terrain as the climbs are no longer then one to two kilometers but offer very punchy ascents. It should be noted as well the the course is primarily made up of gravel/off-road roads. I would say maybe 5% of the course consists of pavement where it basically connects you to the next gravel road.