Three Dashes – Our new film shines a light on the Dirt Dashes – grassroots bikepacking and gravel events 

We have released a short new film. Three Dashes captures the atmosphere and scenery of our events held in 2023. It is available to watch for free on YouTube now.

Get your entry in now

Entries for the 2024 Dirt Dashes are available now. You can sign up to the 5050 events for £95. The 100 event in Dorset is for faster riders – entries are £50. Cycling UK members get a discount for all events.

Follow the Caterans in the Scottish Highlands

The Dirt Dash season starts with the Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash on 4 and 5 May. The Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash takes you around the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park.

At around 55 miles (89 km) the Cateran Dirt Dash has a shorter route than the other events. This is the perfect introduction to bikepacking.

The Isle of Purbeck – where it all started

On the second bank holiday weekend in May our Kinesis UK Dorset Dirt Dash offers two events on the same route on 25 and 26 May. They take you around the amazing scenery of the Isle of Purbeck. The start and finish are in Swanage, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast.

Formerly known as the Dorset Gravel Dash, the Dorset Dirt Dash is the longest-running gravel event in the UK.

Scotland’s Adventure Coast

The Dirt Dashes return to Scotland to close the 2024 season with the Lezyne Dunoon Dirt Dash on 21 and 22 September. The route includes sections of the popular bikepacking route Wild About Argyll Trail. It takes you on gravel roads, singletrack and roads through the amazing scenery of the Cowal Peninsula.

Easy to reach by train and ferry from Glasgow, the Lezyne Dunoon Dirt Dash is the most challenging of the three Dirt Dashes, with a campsite next to a castle on a sea loch.

Visitors as far as the US

‘Three Dashes’ features footage from all three events and feedback from our riders – who range from an experienced bikepacker from the US to another participant from Glasgow, who had not ridden a bike further than on his 20-minute commute.

For us, this is what the events are about. Our focus for all Dirt Dashes is to provide friendly and welcoming events, where people meet each other, share the experience and ride bikes together.

Looking forward to 2024

The people we interviewed for our latest film mirror exactly that. Like this year we will continue in 2024 to work closely with our local partners and sponsors to attract more women to our events. We made a great start on this at the Lezyne Cateran Dirt Dash, which to date has more women signed up than men.

The Dirt Dashes are sponsored by Kinesis Bikes UK, Lezyne, Komoot and Schwalbe, with additional funding provided by Perth and Kinross Council through the Beyond Scotland Market Development Grant. More about the Dirt Dashes can also be found on Instagram @dirtdash_cc or Facebook @dirthdashcc.