Fermanagh’s UNESCO Forest Parks are set to open their gates and 100 kilometres of gravel tracks to the first edition of the Lakelander Gravel Grinder this October.
In what’s set to be the first event of its kind in Ireland, the inaugural Lakelander Gravel Grinder is set to become an ultimate off-road cycle challenge that’s open to gravel, cyclocross, adventure bike, MTB and even e-MTB riders.
In the picturesque region of Belcoo, Fermanagh, the routes – Big Dog 100k and Little Dog 50k – will sweep through seven UNESCO heritage forests with up to 1880 metres of elevation, while providing stunning views of countryside and even a Game of Thrones film set.
The inaugural Lakelander Gravel Grinder hosted by Mallard Flyers CC is a challenge gravel sportive, if you will, is not a competitive race.
Big Dog 100K
100k distance. 1,880m elevation. 87% gravel. 13% B-roads and tracks. Ireland’s most challenging gravel event.
Little Dog 50K
50k distance. 850m elevation. 96% (48K) gravel. 4% B-road and tracks. Don’t be fooled by the name. This little dog has a big bite.
Lakelander Gravel Grinder. Big Dog 100k. Little Dog 50k. Saturday 12th October 2019. Entries open at https://lakelander.co.uk/.
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What To Expect
For those hungry enough, The Big Dog Challenge route has been expertly designed to challenge participants physically and mentally over a demanding 100-kilometre route with stunning views across County Fermanagh and beyond.
A rolling start from the village of Belcoo will take riders to the entrance of Ballintempo Forest to begin their Big Dog challenge.
With 1,880m elevation ahead expect tough climbs, fast sweeping downhills and rolling countryside passing loughs, stunning vistas and even a few Game of Thrones filming locations.
A tough but enjoyable day in the saddle and all in the fine company of like-minded gravel cyclists from all over Ireland and further afield.
If 100 kilometres is a stretch too far, the Little Dog 50K offers 1000m less elevation, but is predominately gravel based.
Where is the event located?
Lakelander Gravel Grinder will start and finish in the village of Belcoo in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Belcoo is 1h 45m by road from Belfast, 2h 5m from Dublin, 2h 40m from Galway City and 4h from Cork City.
When is the event?
Registration for the event is 5pm to 9pm on Friday 11th October 2019 with on-the-day registration from 7am to 9am the following morning.
Big Dog cyclists will leave the start line in Belcoo at 10am on Saturday 12th October 2019. Location for both the registration and start/finish is Belcoo Community Centre, Lattone Road, Belcoo.
What type of bike can I enter with?
You can enter with bikes in the following classes: 1. Gravel bike/Cyclocross/Adventure bike. 2. Mountain bike. 3. E-bike.
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