Ready for the slaughter? British Gravel Champs reveals tough new Scots course

The championship was moved from original Kings Cup venue after forest fees forced cancellation

Gravel riders on a trail in Scotland
Terrain from the Gralloch – the same area that the relocated champs will be held
(Image credit: Red:One/Joe Cotterill)

The British Gravel Championships has found a new home on the trails of the Gralloch UCI race in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Riders will take on a tough 87.5km course with big climbs —including the ominously named Slaughter Hill— in pursuit of the red, white and blue bands.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.