Grinduro vs Gritfest: which enduro-style gravel race is best?

Rock up with your mates and blast it, even the rain couldn’t put a damper on either of mega weekends - here’s what you can expect

Image shows Grinduro gravel event.
(Image credit: Anna Marie Hughes)

I’ll just start by saying that both of these gravel events were absolutely fantastic. I’ve done a lot of circuit and road racing, and it’s nothing like this – you can’t beat the blend of competitiveness and laughs that stems from the enduro format of these events. 

Both were held in Wales this year, and both – as goes the stereotype – were hit by large bouts of rain. It’s a little unfair as there were actually blue skies on either side (really!) but no matter the conditions, it didn’t put anything of a damper on the fun!

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg