New bikepacking event in the Cairngorms National Park


Dirt Dashes, which organizes gravel bikepacking events, has confirmed a new two-day challenge, the Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash 5050. The bikepacking event takes place on August 26 and 27 in the Cairngorms National Park. It is the third event announced by Charlie Hobbs and Markus Stitz, who are the founders of Dirt Dashes.

Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash 5050

The new two-day bikepacking event will give participants the experience of cycling 55 miles (87 km) self-sufficiently at the Cateran Ecomuseum in Perthshire and Angus.

Camping and catering will be provided at the Spittal of Glenshee, situated on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

Additionally, with the support of Paths for All through Smarter Choices Smarter Places and the Inspiring Scotland Rural and Island Communities Ideas into Action Fund (RICIA) in its first year, the entry fee for the new Dirt Dash is £50, which includes the route, dinner, camping and breakfast. The number of participants for the new event is capped at 50.

2 more Dirt Dash events

Dirt Dash in May:

may 27th: Kinesis UK Dorset Dirt Dash 5050 (152 km in two days)

May 28: Kinesis UK Dorset Dirt Dash 100 (152 km in one day)

Dirt Dash in September:

September 23: Lezyne Dunoon Dirt Dash 5050 (130 km in two days)

24th September: Lezyne Dunoon Dirt Dash 100 (160 km in one day)

New Dirt Dashes Sponsors

Dirt Dashes has also announced a new business partnership with Upgrade Bikes. West Sussex-based distributor of the Kinesis UK and Lezyne brands will become the new title sponsor of the event series.

Markus Stitz, Director of Dirt Dash Ltd, said: “We are delighted with the new partnership with Upgrade Bikes, which will add real value to our events in 2023. At the same time, we are delighted to add a new two-day bikepacking event. along some of my favorite walks in the southern glens of the Cairngorms National Park to our portfolio of events.

“It follows old shepherd tracks and some very nice quiet roads.”

Mark Noble, Marketing Director of Upgrade Bikes, said: “Getting out on bikes with good people and like-minded people is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Events like Dirt Dashes are some of the best opportunities to do just that.”