Bill and Bob’s Charity Sportive Sufferfest

3 massive sportive rides raising money for Edinburgh Sick Kids Foundation.

Chapeau Bill and Bob!


Bobby Scully and myself, Will Townsend are cycling 3 of the toughest cycle sportives in Britain in the name of raising money for the Sick Kids Foundation. The Sick Kids Foundation do an amazing job for children from all over the East of Scotland and I urge you to put your hand in your pocket and give generously to their cause.

In the space of 4 weekends during May and June, we are doing three 100 miles plus cycle sportives. These are:

– The ‘Fred Whitton Sportive’ in the Lake District

– The ‘Etape du Dales’ in Yorkshire

– The ‘3 Pistes’ in the Cairngorms.

The three cycles combined are over 500km long and with over 10,000 metres of vertical climb. Although we both regard ourselves as reasonably fit guys, doing three 100 mile plus sportives in 4 weekend’s will be tough, we thought sufficiently tough enough to help raise some money for charity and the Sick Kids Foundation.

Please can we ask you to give generously to the cause and make difference to the lives of sick children in the East of Scotland.

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Oi Strava… What about our Scottish climbs?

Where to start with this absolute pish of an e-bulletin from Strava?

LE Tour is heading to Yorkshire. With Strava you can win a trip to Rapha’s TDF cycling festival, if you are the fastest person up 6 iconic UK climbs before Sunday 1st June… The day you’ll all be conquering the 3 Pistes Cycle.

Not one of these climbs is Scottish. They even have the nerve to say that Box Hill… Frigging Box Hill is the UK’s most famous climb!

Yes I have had a whisky… But whomever wrote the copy for this newsletter needs a good kick up the bahoochie.

We know 3 pistes features 3 of the top ten climbs in the UK. but you Tell us, in your opinion where is the UK’s most famous climb? And which Scottish climbs would you say should be classed alongside Strava’s 6 as being iconic?

Show us your pain face



The ugliest thing about Sunday 1st June will not be the profile of the 3 Pistes Cycle route… it’s gonna be your pain faces as you drag your sorry arses up those climbs. voeckler-tounge

Will you look like the French Housewives’ favourite Tommy V or slightly less attractive Laurens “Slobber Chops” Ten Dam

laurens ten dam


However you climb those hills, one of the UK’s biggest sports photographers will be capturing you pain faces for posterity.

How will you compare to 3 Pistes Strava KOM of 4hrs 47mins

Hello 3 Pisters who are getting coach transfer back to Pitlochry,

As many of you will have guessed already the biggest logistical nightmare for the 3 Pistes team is the organisation of coach and van transfer from the Cairngorm finish back to Pitlochry.

There is a large cruise ship in Invergordon on Sunday 1st June. With almost 3,000 passengers it needs a lot of coaches.  To accommodate double usage of drivers and coaches the bus companies have asked us to be more specific with our timings and requirements.

So we can better understand the quality of riders doing the 3 Pistes Cycle and estimate how to distribute the coaches could you please complete this form

To give you a better idea of what you are up against, we’ve added up all the Strava KOM times for the route. It comes to 4hrs 47mins. So going full pelt we don’t expect anyone to finish under 5hrs 30mins.

When the 3 Pistes team did it we took just under 8 hrs with cake stops at Glenshee & The Lecht.

In an ideal world we would like to have the first bus leave Cairngorm at 2.30pm and expect most of you to be finishing between 3pm – 4.30pm

One final thing. The timing team have to transfer everything from the start at Pitlochry to Cairngorm. It will take until approx. 12.30 for them to complete the transfer and set up. So, if you want an official time please try not to finish before 1pm Wink

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48 hours to order your 3 Pistes Cycle Jersey

Finally we have the design and order process confirmed for 3 Pistes Cycle Jerseys.

Champion Systems are handling the production and ordering.

Prices start at a cost for a CS Tech Short Sleeze top is £35 + VAT + 5% for delivery. You can customise the finish of your jersey as required.

To purchase a top please follow the following instruction BEFORE 4PM WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL


Input the Temporary Team Login into CS DIRECT MEMBER LOGIN

Username:  3pistes
Password: clubkit2014

You will be asked to create your own account.

Then select the top and size you require with the finishing you require. The system will automatically update your price as you customise.

ALL tops will be delivered to the 3 Pistes office in the week of the event and your order can be collected at registration.

Size guides can be found at

Once you have done all of that the Champs-sys portal will take your payment details and then we all wait for them to arrive from the factory in time for the ride.

Sorry it is so rushed but if we don’t get th eorder in by close of business Wednesda we won’t get the tops produced in time.

Fingers crossed it all goes to plan in the next few weeks. In the mean time, here’s a strava of the ride (well except the last half of the final climb) from last weekend. Enjoy!

Kind regards and happy riding

Alan Anderson


For Pete’s Sake

Back in October last year 3 Pistes organiser Alan joined a group of old school pals for a sponsored bike ride from Glasgow to Rowardennan, followed by a hike up Ben Lomond raising money For Pete’s Sake. Many of them hadn’t been on a bike in years, thankfully they caught the cycling bug and six of them will be riding the 102mile 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive.

for pete sake summit

Back in October the sun was shining and it was a glorious day, but for many of us it was a day filled with physical pain. Half hadn’t pedalled a bike for years, half hadn’t climbed a Munro in longer. At the end most of us needed new legs.

The purpose of the cycle and climb was to raise funds towards the £100,000 needed for Peter McLachlan to receive specialist cancer treatment in New York.  Over £60,000 has been raised so far. You can read more about Peter’s treatment in this Daily Record article.

Look out for the boys in their distinctive yellow tops and give them a cheer as they pass you… or more likely you pass them 😉

Better still, get rid of any loose change you have and stick it in their back pockets. The extra weight will make it harder for them to get up the hills, but more fun going down.

Alternatively if you would like to donate to For Pete’s Sake Fund please visit–s-sake.html

It’s an Irish site because although Pete grew up with us in East Kilbride he now lives in Galway.

 for pete sake

Route report from Leitholm CC ride on 5th April

Liam from Leitholm CC rode much of the 3 pistes route yesterday. Here is his report as posted on 3 Pistes FaceBook page.

Some route info? This was yesterday’s route check. Road surfaces are good as well.

After doing the 3 Pistes Sportive Route on 5th April 2014 with my mate Andy I thought this summary may help anyone doing the event in June this year. I would class myself as a reasonably fit club cyclist so I hope this helps?

On the day I ran out of time because I had a train back to Pitlochry booked at 4.35pm and never got to the finish, which will be the Aviemore Ski Centre. So although my total mileage was 103 miles and maximum climbing elevation was 6860 ft probably 1000 ft short approx.

Start time in Pitlochry, 8.30am
Ride time, 6hrs 37mins
Distance 103 miles
Average speed 15.5 mph.
Calories, 4516.
My bike, Specialized Tarmac SL3.
Gearing, 53-39 chainset with 28-11 cassette. (consider a compact!)
Deep section wheels will not help descending in cross winds. I had mine on as the wind was light but the descents are fast, really fast!

Food, I got through x4 750ml bottles with high 5 tabs in each one, x4 jam pieces, 2 bananas, 4 gels, x1 packet bloks energy chews, a crunchie and a stop 60 miles in for a massive bacon & egg roll! Then had a sausage supper when I got back to Pitlochry.

This route starts uphill with gradients from 3% – 14% for about 4 miles, there after rolling/flat until the first major climb of the day around 30 ish miles in to Glenshee. Average gradients on this climb 4% – 13% for about 3 miles from Spittal of Glenshee. Take care on the descent!!

From the summit Its a rolling run to and through Braemar right up until the left turn for Tomintoul. Here the pain begins around 48 miles in. From this turn it’s 4% – 18% rolling gradient up to 2200ft ish. This is a B road so extreme care on the descent! A sharp right hand nearly caught me out!

When you’re down you join the A944 turning left over the River Don. Just along this road on the right is an excellent cafe and I would recommend you stop and fuel up! Because just up the road after Cock Bridge comes the Hell of the North after 60 miles in! Steep gradients x2 20%, 14%, 12%, 10% and very, very long 5-8% drags! The 3 Pistes cover photo of the road up to the Lecht looks nice, but believe me when you see it after you’ve done a sharp 18% hill its big. It’s the only time we thought “I’m not sure I can get up this”. You’ve been warned!

Over the cattle grid and you’re descending, fast! down 15-20%!!!

Enjoy the run into Tomintoul by here its about 70 miles in. Don’t think the climbings over yet tho! There are few more 10-14% hills waiting around Bridge of Brown. After this it’s rolling/flat back into Aviemore. Just remember the climbing’s still not done, the Aviemore Ski Centre Awaits!!!!!
In Summary then:

If you think you can rock up and do with little no preparation, you’ll be in a world of pain! Please dont think because you’ve done a 50 mile, 75 mile or 90 mile event that an extra 12 or so miles will be ok. It’s not on this route!

I would recommend a high quality pad in your breeks!

Do not underestimate this route!

Hope everyone who’s entering has a brilliant day on their bikes, we did but it was one of the hardest I’ve ever had.


Leitholm CC





Chappeau Liam

3 Pistes Cycle jersey



The 3 Pistes team are getting T-shirts printed for the staff and volunteers. We are also looking at the possibility of getting some 3 Pistes Cycle Jerseys produced. Below is draft design

So far it looks like a toss up between and for production.

Rough cost would be £35 give or take a quid or 2.

Would you be interested in purchasing a 3 Pistes Cycle jersey?

Do you think it looks any good?3pistesjerseyfrontrear