36hr Mountain Weather Forecast

Skier Henry Orr is one of WinterHighland’s snow predition and weather geeks. He’s also riding Sunday’s 3 Pistes Cycle and last week he got Strava KOM for the Bridge of Brown descent. Not bad… but he better watch out because the chap he kicked off the podium and into 4th (Nick Vaughan) is looking after rider registration, so Henry better be nice to him.

Anyhoo, here is Henry’s weather predictions for Sunday

 

3-Piste Weather Outlook – 2 days to go, uncertainty about the chance of showers.

A fine Saturday will likely break down into duller weather on Sunday, but will the patchy showers catch you?

Light/Moderate wind generally 5-15mph on the roads, from variable southerly direction, and chance of showers increasing during afternoon along the 3-Piste route. Temperature will vary along the route, generally 12-15C during day, a couple of degrees cooler over Glenshee & Lecht roads

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Pitlochry:Probably a bright & dry start to the day. Wind light from south/west.

Deeside:Chance of cloud, light tailwind likely on the A93 as far as Gairnshiel.

Speyside:Cloud and moderate wind increasing during afternoon. (Crosswind mostly)

Cairngorm:Risk of showers increasing from west during afternoon.Moderate SW wind increasing late afternoon.

Overall, it’s a Goldilocks kind of day… not too hot, not too cold. Just watch out for patchy showers, especially later in the day.

3-Piste Weather Outlook – 2 days to go

 

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Change to ride numbers for Local & Club Discount riders

Wee change to the numbers. Local Discount & Club Discount riders are now numbers 770 – 794. 

 

 

770

Alasdair 

Anderson 

Male

771

Andy

Cameron

Male

772

Daniel

Crowe

Male

773

Philip

Hendry

Male

774

Hamish

Irvine

Male

775

Gill

Irvine

Female

776

Gordon

Mackenzie

Male

777

Alan

Myles

Male

778

Paul

Newlands

Male

779

Ed

Rattray

Male

780

Sean

Stone

Male

781

Dave

Till

Male

782

Dougal

Allan

Male

783

David

Anderson

Male

784

Michael

Cobb

Male

785

Geoff

Comley

Male

786

Mark

Cushley

Male

787

Giovanni

DAlessio

Male

788

Michelle

Jeffrey

Female

789

Kim

McGillivray

Male

790

John

McGivern

Male

791

Lauri

Peil

Male

792

Bryan

Tobyn

Male

793

Michael

Walker

Male

794

Stephen

Winter

Male

 

LAST MINUTE ENTRIES

Help I hear you cry, or email or text… I was too late entering can I enter Please please please?

Well you lucky things, we have 22 spare timing chips so if you pop down to Pitlochry High School on Saturday between 2pm and 5pm, give the registration team £35 CASH for their beer / whisky / chocolate fund then you can enter.

First come first served. NO LATE ENTRIES ON SUNDAY!!!

No room left on the coach to start, but space for coach from finish back to Pitlochry… Extra £20

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48 hours to go.

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CAIRNGORMHow Windy?

Mainly southwesterly 10 to occasionally 20mph.

Effect Of Wind?

Small


How Wet?

Rain possible

Increasing risk of some patchy rain or drizzle – mainly across western ranges.


Cloud on the hills?

Very little. Perhaps extensive later

Clear to above summits for a while but may lower widely to 600m in west and 900m further east.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Any early sunshine likely to give way to mainly cloudy skies. Very good visibility but increasing chance of hill fog and locally poor to lower levels west of A9 later in drizzle.


How Cold? (at 900m)

6 rising to 10C.

Freezing level

Above the summits.

SOUTHEASTERN HIGHLANDS


How Windy?

Mainly southwesterly 10 to occasionally 15mph.

Effect Of Wind?

Small


How Wet?

Rain possible

Increasing risk of rain or drizzle – mainly across western ranges, but timing and amount uncertain.


Cloud on the hills?

Very little. Perhaps extensive later

May clear to above above summits for a while in morning but likely to lower widely to 600m in west and 900m further east.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun in morning Very good visibility but increasing chance of hill fog and locally poor to lower levels later in drizzle.


How Cold? (at 900m)

6 rising to 10C.

Freezing level

Above the summits.



Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Saturday, 31st May, 2014

Widely sunny and a little warmer with excellent visibility on Saturday though some cloud will build in the afternoon and spread out above the summits. Rain, drizzle and quickly lowering cloud likely to spread from the northwest on Sunday but timing and amounts very uncertain with possibility of southern and eastern ranges remaining dry. Thundery showers likely to develop widely each aftrnoon early next week and may merge into some larger areas of rain, persisting overnight. Possibility of warmer, drier easterly winds slowly extending from the north later in the week.

 

 


			

START and FINISH set up & procedures.

 

 

Here’s a few brief reminders about Registration, Start, Finish and Bag Drop Vans.

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Registration is at Pitlochry High School. East Moulin Rd PH16 5ET

Saturday 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 8am – 9am

Please bring valid photo ID. You must register in person.

At registration you will receive your:

Emergency & Mechanic contact details

bike number – attach to handlebars by provided cable ties.

ride number with detachable bag drop label- attach number to back of jersey with provided safety pins. Attach bag label with provided cable ties.

timing chip – stick it to LEFT SIDE of helmet.

If you have ordered a cycle jersey this can be collected at registration or leave it and pick it up at the finish.

You will not receive a goody bag or any silly promotional bumph. We’re keeping things simple.

On Sunday there will be NO PARKING at the school or on East Moulin Rd. Please cycle up the hill from town centre car parks.

Ensure your Bag Drop label is securely fastened and matched your ride number. At the other end no number – no bag.

TAKE NOTE OF WHICH LETTERED VAN YOU DROP YOUR BAG IN.

If you are getting the transfer coach back to Pitlochry you can put a dust sheet or similar alongside your bag.

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For those getting the Aviemore transfer bus to the start, registration will take place as you board the coach at 5.45am. See above for rego details.

Coaches and vans depart from the lower car park of MacDonald Hotel, Aviemore, PH22 1PN

As a courtesy to other hotel and shop users please park at the lower end of the car park.

Before your bike can be loaded  YOU must remove your pedals. Best to do this the night before.

Before you load your bike  YOU must attach your bike number. At the other end no number – no bike!

Please be patient with our team at this stage. We want your bikes packed safely, securely and without scratches. If you have an old dust sheet or similar please bring it.

When you get on the bus we will give you some yummy porridge then let you have a snooze.

As with all riders you can leave your bag in the bag drop van.

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At CairnGorm please proceed up the left hand lane of the car park toward the Funicular Station and then bear right to the finish gantry in front of the Day Lodge.

Please take care. The road surface has some huge pot holes and lots of stone chips. We will sweep the road for you but it will still be the worst surface of the day.

At the finish grab a bottle of water and a meal token. This entitles you to a big bowl of pasta bake.

Bag Collection Vans will be beside the finish.

Transfer coaches and vans will be waiting for you in the lower car park. If the upper car park is not too busy they will make there way there for departure.

All riders who finish before 4pm can get a FREE trip to the top in the funicular.

CairnGorm Mountain are offering a 20% discount to friends of cyclists on adult and junior funicular tickets on the day.

 

 

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Covering the route we will have 3 Red Cross Ambulances plus static first aiders at Glenshee, The Lecht, Nethy Bridge and CairnGorm.

Also 3 mobile mechanics and static mechanics at Pitlochry, Glenshee, The Lecht, Nethy Bridge and Coylumbridge (200m to the right at Coylumbridge T-junction).

Please visit Mike’s Bikes in Aviemore or Coylumbridge and Escape Route in Pitlochry for any last minute service issues.

 

5 KEY AREAS FOR CAUTION

Sunday is not a race. No-one is likely to get a Strava KOM. So please don’t ride like a d1ck, chill out and enjoy your day.

According to the start list no-one is mountains breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt. Take the first couple of climbs easy and save yourself for the Lecht, Br of Brown and Cairngorm.

Finest breakaway win in years. TDG topping Passo Stelvio.

At many a previous sportive I have over cooked it going up the first few climbs to be overtaken on the last few. Not clever.

Please dress according to the changeable weather conditions. Carry tools, spare tubes and a pump and know how to use them. Carry food and water. Check out British Cycling’s excellent Sportive Tips section.

Please take extra care with the following sections of road!

All of A924 & B950 – yes it’s an A road, but it also is one with passing places. This is where you will be all bunched up together. Even though it is 7am Sunday there is bound to be some impatient drivers. Be courteous and cycle to the left – in single file if possible.

All of B976 – in particular the right hand bend half way down descent.

The B976 is a single track road with passing places. After the long descent from Glenshee you will be back bunched together so please be courteous to other road users.

The chicane on the decent is off camber. It has also just had some resurfacing work and is frequently wet. Oh and it’s a 15% section.

Descent of A939 into Strathdon another steep section with a right left chicane half way down

The Lecht Climb Hairpins Yes it’s 20% and 24% in the corner, but remember it’s a public road with other road users. Please stay to the LEFT HAND SIDE of the road. If walking please dismount to the left.

Descent to Well of The Lecht what goes up must come down – NO FASTER THAN NATIONAL SPEED LIMIT!!! Yes it’s 20% but there is a sweeping blind corner. Get on you brakes early and give yourself  plenty of distance to the rider ahead.

Descent to  Bridge of Brown off camber double S bends at 20%… need we say more?

CairnGorm Climb – Tourist traffic, 600 knackered cyclists, service buses, transfer coaches, vans, cars of friends and families. This will be the busiest part of the ride and you will be eyeballs out. Take care.

Finally, thanks for supporting the 3 Pistes Cycle. Fingers crossed the weather forecast improves.  If you have any non stupid or pointless questions 😉 please feel free to ask.

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable ride. The weather looks very changeable so layer up accordingly!!!

A mountain of pasta and porridge.

The chefs at Cairngorm will be busy busy busy over the next few days for they have a mountain of pasta to prepare for you.

On arrival at the finish very rider will get a big bowl yummy of pasta bake.

At the start of the day every rider getting the coach to the start will have a lovely bowl of Fuel Your 10K Porridge for the bus journey.

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Along the way we’ve got bananas, cereal bars, gels, powder, soreen, cinnamon cakes, cereal bars, chocolate brownies, pretzels, maryland cookies, cereal bars, jelly beans, did I mention cereal bars and a few other things.

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Final Costco run is tomorrow. Any requests?

And now the bad news…

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And from MWIS:

Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Friday, 30th May, 2014

Winds will remain light through until well into next week. Substantially dry until Sunday night, and the air very clear. There may well still be little rainfall early next week, but it will gradually deteriorate with areas of sometimes thundery rain extending northwards (possibly little rain W & NW Highlands) by midweek. There may then also be upland gales.