Grinduro Scotland brought the party for the third year in a row, taking over the village of Lamlash in the Isle of Arran, aka, Scotland in Miniature, and bringing excitement to locals and visitors from all over the world July 13th to July 15th.
Those who’ve attended last year’s event already knew when they signed up, they weren’t in for their typical bike race. Alongside the 40-mile course is excellent food, industry art, hand-made bikes, live music, camping, costumes, a festival atmosphere, and perhaps best of all … some of the raddest people to bike the planet.
If you were one of the lucky riders who got to attend this year, come down memory lane with us as we recap “The Most Interesting Bike Race in the World”. If you weren’t, prepare for some serious FOMO and don’t snooze on purchasing your tickets early next year.
Before the Race – Friday night
For 2018, Grinduro played host to mountain bikers, road racers, downhill experts, young newbies, industry movers and shakers, and everybody in-between. For most, it was no small feat to get there. Riders took trains, planes, automobiles and the necessary ferry to get in in the island. For most attendees, it was all four modes of transportation.
As riders got off the ferry to the open Grinduro gates, they were greeted by the very friendly Grinduro staff and were surprised with a delicious variety of treats in their welcome kits – limited edition socks from Giro, nutrition bars from Chimp Bar, mini whisky samplings from Arran Whisky, a FABRIC Grinduro water bottle – to name a few.
You couldn’t help but smile when watching all the riders with their different kind of bikes unload the ferry to the energetic bagpipe sounds. Road bikes. Cyclocross bikes. Mountain bikes. New bikes. Old bikes. Homemade bikes. As riders found their way to their camping site, you could see some mouths drop at all the spunky Grinduro-inspired décor.
Most days before a big bike race means lots of rest. At Grinduro, it means lots of partying.