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Thousands of riders expected for inaugural Marmotte Gran Fondo Écosse

Weekend of racing to take place in and around Kilmarnock

Following the same weekend format as the Tour of Cambridge with which it is linked, Marmotte Gran Fondo Écosse will take place in Kilmarnock on September 24 and 25. The weekend begins with The Tour of Colour Fun Run on Friday, followed by a time trial on Saturday and then the gran fondo on Sunday – the latter two taking place on fully closed roads.

The 20km time trial will feature 600 riders while the 137km gran fondo will see up to 8,000 competitors tackling 1,535m of climbing in a route which passes through the scenic Ayrshire countryside. The 4km Tour of Colour Fun Run that precedes these events will take place around Kay Park at the event’s headquarters.

Like the time trial, the gran fondo will be electronically timed, but while riders can choose the option of a gridded start according to their race category, further back it is a non-competitive ride.

The entire weekend is supported by the Braveheart Cycling Fund, which supports young Scottish cycling talent. Tom Caldwell from organisers The Very Cool Events Company Ltd said:

“I am delighted to be able bring this iconic brand and event to such a beautiful part of the United Kingdom. The Tour of Cambridgeshire was such a success that it paved the way for us to have this event incorporated within the prestigious Marmotte Gran Fondo Series.

“I am also delighted to be working with the Braveheart Cycling Fund, helping to raise their profile and raise funds for such an incredible cause supporting young riders in Scotland. I look forward to seeing a fantastic race together with the legions of leisure and charity riders enjoying the beautiful countryside in and around Kilmarnock.”

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