The Surly Dunoon Dirt Dash is a self-supported bikepacking event on the Cowal Peninsula near Glasgow, split over two days with an overnight camp on 1/2 October 2022. This is the perfect way to experience the rugged beauty of Scotland’s Adventure Coast with fine gravel riding, camaraderie, camping and castles.

Here is what 2021 participants say about the event.

'It was a great experience! Challenging and satisfying in equal measure.

'My first bikepacking event was everything I could have hoped for.’

'Thanks for a truly brilliant weekend!'

The basics you need to know before entering:

  • When: Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2022
  • Format: non-timed, self-supported reliability trial with overnight camping 
  • Route: around 113 km with 1800m of climbing. We have updated the route for 2022 and will have only some sections where pushing might be needed.
  • Entries: £90 - £5 Cycling UK membership discount available - Sign up here
  • Navigation: The route will be supplied electronically before the event. The course is not marked, you are responsible for your own navigation.
  • Bikes: mountain bikes & gravel bikes (e-bikes are allowed, but we cannot guarantee charging points) with a minimum recommended tire size of 40mm, which must be in good working order
  • Terrain: Singletrack, gravel paths, forestry roads, public roads and cycle paths
  • Start: Saturday 9am at Argyll Hotel
  • Finish: Sunday afternoon/evening at Argyll Hotel
  • What is provided: Rider briefing, route/file for navigation, campsite, evening meal and breakfast, broom wagon
  • Camping: We provide a suitable place to pitch your tent with other riders, toilets, drinking water supply, catering. There are no other facilities (shop etc.) Check out pictures from the campsite here
  • Food: Riders will be provided with a complimentary evening meal & breakfast by Winston Churchill Venison. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free version are available on request. You need to bring your own bowl, mug, fork and spoon.
  • Minimum kit: Helmet, front and rear lights, sufficient water, emergency blanket or sleeping bagwaterproof jacket, first aid kit, phone or GPS for navigation, multitool, spare tube, tire levers, puncture repair kit, tent/bivvy bag/tarp. You need to carry all your own kit.
  • Insurance: You will need your own  insurance.
  • Refunds and Transfers: You are able to transfer your entry to another person on EntryCentral. No refunds or transfers to 2023.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information on refunds etc. 

The event in pictures

How to get there

We highly encourage you to take the train or cycle to the event. Please note there will be train strikes on 1 October. 

By bike: You can take both ferries from Gourock to Dunoon. There’s a regular ferry service from Hunter’s Quay to McInroy’s Point. Please check Western Ferries for timetables and fares. Alternatively you can take the passenger ferry from Gourock to Dunoon Pier, which has limited bike spaces. Please check the Calmac website for timetables and fares.

By train: Dunoon has no train station, but you can take the train to Gourock to connect with the ferry to Dunoon. For timetables and fares check the Scotrail website and Calmac website for ferry times.

By car: Dunoon is situated on the Cowal Peninsula. If you are coming from the South or East, there’s a regular ferry service for cars from Hunter’s Quay to McInroy’s Point. Please check Western Ferries for timetables and fares. From the North and West best use the A815 which takes you to Dunoon. Alternatively you can leave your car in Gourock and take the passenger ferry from there to the Dunoon Pier. Please check the Calmac website for timetables and fares.

Parking: Free parking is available in Dunoon - Information about parking can be found here

For accommodation please visit the Dunoon Presents website. For camping before and after the event: Unfortunately there is no managed campsite in Dunoon.

Registration & Rider Briefing
Registration will be done electronically. You'll receive details when you sign up.

Here are a few more rules:

  • It’s not a race, it’s a reliability trial!
  • Stay cool, be nice, don’t hurt yourself or others.
  • If you don’t know what is around a corner, assume it’s a steep drop-off.
  • Cycling on public roads carries risks and that you are aware of these risks.
  • All bicycles in your party will be ridden safely and responsibly at all times.
  • You will obey the law. Whilst using public roads, all riders must observe the Highway Code. If cycling off road, please stick to the route and exercise due care to all other users. Stick to the Outdoor Access Code
  • Cycling at night is more dangerous, all bikes will not be ridden at night unless lights are used.
  • A cycle helmet must be used at all times.
  • You understand that bicycling is a hazardous activity. You understand that the sport of bicycling and the use of this equipment involve a risk of injury to any and all parts of the user's body. You agree to freely and expressly assume and accept any risks and all injury to the user of this equipment while bicycling. You understand that bicycle protective gear such as helmets and gloves are recommended, but they do not eliminate the risk and may not reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
  • You agree that you will release the organisers from any and all responsibility of liability for injuries or damages or to any other person. You agree not to make a claim against or sue this organiser for injuries or damages relating to this event.
  • Don’t be a dick.
  • Don’t ever drop litter!
  • You allow us to film and photograph you and use those images for promotion or documentation.
  • Use public toilets or toilets on the campsite. If not, use a trowel to bury your s’** and stay well away from water for your comfort break.
  • Help us prevent the spread of a tree disease called “Phytophthora ramorum”! Make sure you wash bikes and shoes at the stations provided and clean all equipment when you get home!
  • Don’t spread Covid-19 - if you have any symptoms, please stay at home!

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