Cairngorm Mtn Railway for sale ;-)

Cairngorm Railway for sale ūüėČ

Who wants to buy a snow bound funicular at a Scottish ski resort?

Cheeky, but funny. Love the questions to the seller.

“For sale, one Funicular Mountain Railway System, built in 2001 with considerable public funding. Selling as it doesn’t actually work in winter when it’s been snowing heavily. Or if it’s been windy. We should have done some research which would have anticipated the accumulation of drifts covering the track and blocking the tunnel but there were millions of pounds available from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (think we’re looking at about ¬£50 million, ish) so we were dead keen to just get on with it. We would now like to sell it to the highest bidder and invest the money in a team of Himalayan Yaks which will haul Snowsport Enthusiasts up the Mountain more effectively. Buyer collects.”

250 extra places for Sold Out 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive

Having over sold the original 500 places for the 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive, on Saturday morning an additional 250 places will be made available.

Since selling out on Monday evening, lots and lots of you have phoned or emailed begging for a place. Demand is huge.

Entry will re-open via British Cycling website at 7am on Saturday 1st February 2014.

The increased numbers means that we will require not only additional transfer coaches and vans, but additional broom  wagon coaches and vans. These will need to come from the Central Belt. As such mileage costs are greater.  So sadly we have brought forward the Late Entry category price which was originally intended for those unorganised or lazy sods who enter in the final week before the event.

So you will be purchasing 500 + entry at £54.50 for Entry plus Coach transfer or £35.00 for Entry only.

In the mean time, here’s a picture of the huge amount of snow at Glenshee’s¬†Caenlochan tow.



Happy cycling, happy skiing and happy entering!!!

3 Pistes Cycle is now SOLD OUT

3 Pistes Cycle is now SOLD OUT

There has been a mad rush for places on the 3 Pistes Cycle over the past couple of days. The event is now SOLD OUT.

Whilst we still have the option to continue accepting Entry Only applications, after careful consideration we have decided to halt all entries whilst we try to secure extra coaches and vans for post event transfers from Cairngorm to Pitlochry. That way, those who really want to purchase coach transfer do not get the added hassle of having to change their entry status.

If we cannot secure additional coaches and vans we will probably continue with a limited number of Entry Only places.

Please check back here on Thursday 30th January for more information on what type of entries and how many entries will be made available, as well as when they will go live on sale.

Thank you for your support.


3 Pistes Cycle in Glasgow Herald

3-pistes cycle sportive

Published on 18 January 2014

The inaugural 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive will take place this summer.

Starting in Pitlochry, Perthshire, the challenging route covers 102 miles to the Cairngorm ski resort, taking in some 8825ft (2690m) of climbing – twice the height of Ben Nevis – over some of the UK’s highest roads.

The event, on June 1, gets its formidable sounding name from the three ski resorts that riders will pass: Glenshee, The Lecht and Cairngorm, where it finishes.

While the soaring ascents will test the mettle of participants, they will get their reward in the breathtaking backdrop and dramatic downhill sections. Race organiser Alan Anderson, a comedian and member of Glasgow Triathlon Club, has long believed that route would prove fantastic as a cycling sportive. A keen skier, he knows the roads in the area inside out.

“It passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country,” he says. “The route is an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the Cairngorm plateau, so on your left there’s the highest mountain range in Britain to gawp at. As well as one of the most remote bike rides, it’s among the most glorious.”

The course, which features eight eye-wateringly tough categorised climbs, heads north from Pitlochry towards Glenshee, taking in Braemar, The Lecht, Tomintoul, Nethy Bridge to Cairngorm.

“You’ve got five of the six highest roads in Scotland,” says Anderson. “That means that as well as some of the longest climbs, there is also some of the longest descents.

“Particularly the one coming down off The Lecht which is incredibly fast and has a 20% gradient on the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul Road – we will be reminding riders to stay within the speed limit of 60mph there.

“After the first climb of the day at Cairnwell Pass, there is around 25 miles downhill. Towards the end of the ride, you have another 20 miles along Strathspey which is nice and flat, providing some recovery time before you turn back onto the access road at Rothiemurchus and climb up to Glenmore then Cairngorm itself.”

When he first coined the idea Anderson reckoned it would attract 150 people or so. “We had that many sign up in the first 12 hours alone,” he says. “We now have around 400 riders with a provisional limit of 500 places.”

Early Bird entry costs £28; £47.50 including coach transfer. For more information, visit


Chemo Cyclist aiming to conquer 3 Pistes Cycle

Aberdeen Wheelers Debbie Ley won a free place on the 3 Pistes Cycle sportive by getting the most Facebook shares for the event in
the week before entries opened. Turns out that she not only won a free spot on the ride but, as shown in today’s Daily Record, she is also winning a battle against a pretty nasty blood disorder, called Vasculitus, that requires daily oral dose of chemotherapy.

Chapeau Debbie. Let’s hope she makes her target of finishing before 4pm so she can ride the funicular to the top of Cairngorm.