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Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September 2020

Entries Open
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 17:00
Entries Close
Monday 15th June 2020
Entry Fees

£78 The Dukes Weekender (Hill Climb on Saturday + Gravel Enduro on Sunday)
£25 The Dukes Hill Climb (Saturday Only)
£25 The Dukes Children's 'Mini Enduro' (Saturday Morning Only)
£58 The Dukes Gravel Enduro

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EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19. WE PLAN TO RETURN IN 2021. 2020 ENTRANTS AUTOMATICALLY GAIN ENTRY FOR NEXT YEAR UNLESS REFUND ORGANISED.

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES ON OPENING DATES FOR NEXT YEARS EVENT

Hugely popular and successful in 2018 & 2019, the Dukes Weekender Cycling Festival is returning to Aberfoyle for it's 3rd year! The Dukes Weekender ventures into the mountains and forests of the beautiful and iconic Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with some extra twists and turns up the Closed Road Hillclimb Prologue of the iconic Dukes Pass. Included during the weekend there will be a shorter Dukes Kids Mini Enduro for families and children on the Saturday morning.

The Dukes Weekender entry is for the Hill Climb (which is the Prologue/Stage 1) on Saturday and Sunday's Gravel Enduro. These events will be combined to honour the overall winners.
 
Part 1 of the Dukes Weekender is the Dukes Hill Climb taking place on Saturday afternoon. It is a closed road Hillclimb race up the iconic Dukes Pass, using 1.9km of the Pass with a total climb of 142m. This will also be available as a stand alone event as well as counting towards the main event. Every rider will stand a chance to be crowned Duke or Duchess of the Hill. This rare chance to race on a closed road is a fantastic experience for riders and spectators alike, with a festival atmosphere up the hill. Come and have a go, you'll love it!
 
Part 2 of the Dukes Weekender is the Dukes Gravel Enduro taking place on Sunday from 9am. It is a socially orientated event that explores an almost entirely off-road route on a variety of trails in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. For competitive riders, the event is based on an "Enduro" format with a variety of electronically timed stages. It is suitable for Mountain Bikes, Cyclo-Cross Bikes as well as specialist Gravel Bikes. 
 
In previous years we have offered Gravel Enduro as a seperate event. Due to demand we are giving priority to Dukes Weekender entries first. Entries for the Gravel Enduro as a stand alone event will open 5th Jan 2020
 
PLEASE NOTE COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO USE THE SAME BIKE FOR BOTH HILL CLIMB AND GRAVEL ENDURO. WE ALLOW A WHEEL AND TYRE SWAP. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THE HILL CLIMB TWICE FOR A SECOND GO ON A SPECIFIC BIKE PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANISERS FOR A SPECIAL DISCOUNT AT INFO@DUKESWEEKENDER.COM
 
The Dukes Kids "Mini Enduro" gives children the chance to compete in an Enduro, in the same style as the adults, on flowing riverside trails and forest singletrack. They will use the same timing equipment to add to the experience. Despite the competitive stages, the emphasis of this event will be completion. All children will receive a goodie bag and other attractions are available over the weekend.
 

On Saturday evening we host 'The Dukes Gathering' features film screenings and inspirational talks from some cycling royalty.  A limited number of tickets will be available for this charity night and details will be announced closer to the event. Previous speakers have included Graeme O'Bree, John & Katie Archibald and Kerry Macphee, this event sells out quickly so keep an eye on our social media to find out when you can get tickets.

Included in the Dukes Weekender Entry is:

  • Saturday evening closed road Dukes Pass Hillclimb 
  • Sunday 70km Gravel Enduro
  • Minimum of 5 timed stages on Sunday
  • Electronic timing and instant results upon completing the event
  • Timing chips, printed overall time and stage breakdowns will be provided
  • Goodie bag
  • Free parking
  • Emergency support
  • First option to purchase Dukes Gathering charity night tickets when they go on sale.

Included in the Dukes Kid's Mini Enduro entry -

  • Saturday Mini Gravel Enduro
  • Minimum of 4 electronically timed stages
  • Timing chips, printed overall time and stage breakdowns will be provided
  • Goodie bag
  • Free parking
  • Emergency support

You will automatically be allocated a place in your age and gender matched category ranging from:

Senior: Must be 18+ on the date of the race

Veteran: Must be 40+ on the date of the race

Grand Veteran: Must be 50+ on the date of the race

Junior: Must be 14+ on the date of the race (riders aged 14 are eligible to enter this event with their parent / guardians approval)

Dukes Kid's Mini Enduro: Must be 8+ on the date of the race. Riders will be allocated a category based on age on the day separated by 2 yearly intervals. Riders aged 14 are also eligible to ride in this event if more appropriate. It is down to the child and their parent's/guardian's discretion to agree which event would be most suitable.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL MINI ENDURO RIDERS AND JUNIOR RIDERS IN THE FULL DUKES EVENT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY, AND SIGNED ON BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN  IF THEY ARE AGED UNDER 17 ON THE DAY OF THE RACE. PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO RACE THE TIMED STAGES. HOWEVER FOLLOWING THE TIMED STAGES PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS MUST RE-GROUP WITH THE MINI ENDURO RIDERS OR THE JUNIOR RIDERS IN THEIR CARE.

PLEASE NOTE: IN THE ADULT EVENTS, IF THERE ARE LESS THAN 5 RIDERS IN A CATEGORY THE CATEGORY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY COMBINED WITH THE CLOSEST AGE CATEGORY.


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