About Us

The Dirt Dashes are organised by Markus Stitz and Charlie Hobbs, operating as Dirt Dash Ltd. Both have a superb track record in the events and outdoor industry. Charlie and Markus scooped three awards in the 2015 Bikepacking.com Awards for Best New Route, Best New Ride and Big Trip. Find out more here.

Charlie and Markus on the couch in 2014
Charlie Hobbs and Markus Stitz in Swanage

Markus Stitz is the founder of Bikepacking Scotland and has designed a number of popular bikepacking trails in Scotland, which all have received great feedback. He is a well-known figure in the UK and international cycling scene and the first person to circumnavigate the world on a singlespeed bike.

Markus Stitz in Vietnam

Charlie Hobbs is the founder of the Dorset Gravel Dash, which is the inspiration for the Dirt Dash events. The Gravel Dash has been running successfully for 6 years now and has attracted more than 250 gravel riders in 2019. Charlie also successfully ran ‘Charlie the Bikemonger’ from 2003 - 2019 and has a wide network of contacts in the cycling world.