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The Galloway Gallop route is predominantly forest road so is significantly less technical than some other rounds, however that doesn’t mean there is no variation in surface as you will be riding everything from loose gravel to bedrock or even crushed shells, a highly unusual man-made surface.
There is plenty of challenging climbs and the views at the top are breathtaking, more so than the effort of climbing them. Hold something back for Archie’s Alp which occurs right at the end of both routes and is a test for your legs even when fresh.
One of the key things to be aware of is the exposed nature of parts of this route, whilst there are lots of sections within the shelter of the forests there is also long stretches of open moorland. Fingers crossed for a glorious day as in previous years but even so make sure you are carrying extra layers.
Galloway forest was given the status of Dark-Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky association, a reflection of how empty the park is – there are no homes or street lights to pollute the night sky. However whilst the forest appears initially empty of man-made intrusions, the evidence of human activity is all around.
The route runs along part of an old railway line and through an old platform, it’s one of the only giveaways, other than the viaduct that you ride across, that a railway ever existed there. A local landowner claims that the moment when John Buchan jumped off the train in 39 steps was inspired by the terrain at Loch Skerrow and Big Water of Fleet Viaduct. The platform at Loch Skerrow, that the route passes, was one of the highest and most remote in the country.
Of all the Adventure Cross routes this is the most remote and wild, a real antidote to the busy and often over-crowded roads many of us ride on. The Galloway Gallop is definitely an experience not to miss out on.
Online pre-entry is the easiest way of entering and saves £5.00 per person vs. entering on the day. Online pre-entry will save you time on the day of the event allowing you to simply pick up your registration pack from the Pre entered registration points. Please note: If an event reaches its capacity we will have to close the event to riders wanting to enter on the day. It is therefore best to pre enter online to avoid disappointment!
On the day entries are available at all our events as long as the event has not sold out prior to the event day. On the day entries are subject to an additional £5.00 per person surcharge. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. You can fill out an entry form when you arrive at the event. One entry form must be completed per person. Wiggle Customers will not be able to receive any loyalty discounts on the day.
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing Award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.