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(Photos by Jered Gruber) For cyclists who love ‘gravel’ riding, the Duke’s Gold gravel tour slingshots you into one of Scotland’s most magnificent areas of natural beauty – the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park where there is an abundance of great gravel and mixed-terrain along forest tracks, fire roads and dirt single tracks. We love anything that means more folk are out having fun riding bikes in the dirt (or grit). Riding gravel bikes combines so many of our favourite things – mountains and spectacular locations – and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is one of the most magnificent locations of them all. Combining the off-road capability of mountain biking and the lightweight, efficiency of road biking – take the tracks less travelled with us for exhilarating discoveries amidst Scotland’s hidden forests and glens. The Duke’s Gold gravel weekend break takes place in one of Britains most magnificent areas of

Beat the winter blues with the prospect of endless trails, views that go on and on, delicious cake and coffee stops - award-winning cycling and hospitality partners Go-Where Scotland and the Oak Tree Inn are offering you a £50 incentive to experience first hand what makes cycling in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park so special Cycle tour operator Go-Where Scotland is offering a two-wheeled incentive to beat the winter blues. UK Gravelistas can experience their kind of gravel cycling by spending three days in April exploring this largely untapped corner of Scotland with them by bike. Better still, they’re offering friends of UK Gravel £50 off their first booking (using the code DUKES50 at the online checkout). Andy Stanford, local resident and professional bike guide: “The whole Gravel scene here in the Trossachs has exploded! Every weekend I'm seeing folk turn up in the village here in Aberfoyle, pulling bikes off racks/vans,

The area is well known to mountain bikers and boasts around 24,000 acres of woodland to explore. We have organized social rides in the Forest for over a year, but found that the single group format was presenting a barrier to many who were unsure of the pace or distance involved. That is the beauty of this new format. You start when you like, rest when you like and travel at your own pace. Riding the route on a single day should help to keep some of the social elements of previous rides. Self-supported and self-paced; there are no entry fees, no marshals, no route markers, no feed stations and no mechanical or first aid support. All we supply are great routes along the best gravel paths, lanes and byways that the Forest has to offer. The series will kick off with ‘A Sunday in Hell’ on July 5 th. This is

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