Grub, Gels, Gearing, Giro and Royalty

The UK’s biggest weekend of cycling has just finished. If you weren’t riding the Fred Whitton, Etape Caledonia or the Scottish Woman’s Road Race then you were probably watching the Women’s Tour or, like the 3 Piste team, you were having a riot in pink with the  Giro d’Italia in Northern Ireland. It was amazing!!!

That’s the warm up rides out the way. The UK’s Highest sportive is now only 20 days away. 19 more sleeps. Eeeek. On 3 Pistes day we will be showing the Giro’s final stage live on TV at Cairngorm. It is scheduled to finish between 3.30pm – 4.00pm. You do not need a better incentive than that to get you speedily up the final climb.

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Alan, Sean Kelly and Mark at Giro riders presentation.


Balmoral Restrictions

King Kelly is Irish royalty, however he’s a lot more accessible than UK royalty. Please be advised that if you have a mechanical along the final stretch of the A93 ( the 2.5km before the left turn onto the B976) you have to make your own way towards the junction of the B976. Our mechanic’s cars and vans are not allowed to stop on the section of the A93 that runs past Balmoral Castle.


Feed Stops

Many of you have been asking for details on what will be at the food stops. All the updated details can be found at

In short; Fyffes Bananas, High5 Gels and Powder, Soreen Malt Loaf, Sweeties.

Steep Descending & Climbing

There are a number of steep climbs and descents on the 3 Pistes route. Primarily most of you will have been worrying about gearing for those 20% efforts up Bastard 2, The Lecht and Bridge of Brown. We’d advise 34×28 for anyone not called Robert Millar or Niaro Quintana.

If things are too steep and you decide to walk… please get off as quickly and smoothly as possible and walk as far to the left as possible.

DOWNHILL – Please do us all a favour and go out and practice your downhill skills. Kamikaze descending – or worse still slow, over cautious descending – results in other riders having to take unexpected avoiding action. On several stretches it is likely that many of you will reach speeds in excess of 50mph. Please ride within your own capabilities, be mindful of other riders and other road users but before all of that… make sure your bike is safe – BOOK YOUR BIKE IN FOR A PRE EVENT SERVICE NOW.

Escape Route in Pitlochry and Mike’s Bikes in Aviemore will be assisting with event day mechanical support. Get your bike booked in with them or your local bike shop now.


Broom Wagon

The Broom Wagon will make steady progress along the course. Anyone slower than its progress will be given two options.

  1. Withdraw from the ride and be transferred to the finish in the coach (your bike will be transported in a van).
  2. Complete ride under your own steam with no further assistance or responsibility from 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive. Your race number will be crossed out and you will not get a time. If you have booked coach transfer back to Pitlochry you will forfeit your place if you are not at Cairngorm for 6.15pm.

Broom wagon cut off  at Cairnwell Summit 12noon

Broom Wagon cut off at junction of A93/B976 13.00

Broom Wagon cut off at Lecht Summit 15.30

 Broom Wagon cut off at Nethy Bridge 16.30

Broom Wagon cut off – all riders MUST must be finished BY 17:45 or they will not be given a time.


Defer until 2015

Injured, or just too lazy? If you wish to defer your entry until 2015 please complete this form

Car Parking – Pitlochry

There will be NO event day parking at Pitlochry High School or on East Moulin Rd on Sunday 1st June.

All parking in Pitlochry is free on a Sunday. The transfer coaches will be dropping you off at Atholl Road car park (Where Etape Caledonia finishes). So save yourself the ride back up the hill and park your car in one of the many car parks in Pitlochry town centre.

Car Parking – Aviemore

Coaches will collect you from MacDonald Hotel Car Park. Please use the far car park away from the main building

Car Parking – Cairngorm


There is plenty of parking space, however if possible please use the lower Coire Cas Car Park.


Bag Drop

Your race number will have a tear off section for your bag number. Please attach to your bag and leave in one of our vans. You can then collect your kit bag at Cairngorm.



Hello to the boys and girls from Bann Wheelers. The picture at the top of this page is them enjoying their post Giro cake stop next to Old Bushmills (the world’s oldest distillery). Hydration was courtesy of Italy’s brand spanking new Puni whisky, which is distilled at the bottom of Passo Stelvio.

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