13 sleeps to go to 3 Pistes Cycle

Hello 3 Pisters,

The past three weekends have been very busy with many of you completing your last pre 3 Pistes big rides at Etape Loch Ness, Etape Caledonia, Fred Whitton and Deeside Thistle’s KOM sportives. I hope you achieved the training goals you set yourselves.

The big one is now only 13 sleeps away.

If you have been keeping an eye on the website you will know that there has been some brilliant resurfacing work done along the route. However there are several areas along the B976 with large amounts of loose chips, so keep an eye out for them.

Registration, bike transfer & bag drop off

For insurance purposes you MUST show your photo ID when registering.

No ID no number, no grub, no time.

Aviemore bus to start – You will register at the coach. Please arrive at MacDonald Hotel Carpark no later than 5:45am for 6am departure.

Everyone else – Registration is at Pitlochry High School.

Saturday afternoon from 2pm – 5pm


Sunday morning from 8am – 8.30am

At registration you will be given your race numbers:

1 to safety pin to your back (this will have a tear off slip for bag drop. Cable tie it to you bag)

1 to cable tie to the FRONT of your bike.

If you have booked coach/van transfer you must have your race number on your bike and it must match the one on your back / in your hand.

Bike Transfer

We will have a small armada of Luton box vans to ferry your bikes between Aviemore/CairnGorm and Pitlochry. The team organising this ride are cyclists, most of the van drivers are cyclists or triathletes. We understand how precious your bikes are. We will take great care of the way we strap and rack them up in the vans, however we cannot be held liable for any damage caused.

If you are worried about scratches or similar, could you please bring along an old bed sheet or dust sheet or similar and we will throw it over your bike. If you are getting transfer from finish attach your sheet to your bag at bag drop.

No bike will be allowed onto a van without a race number attached to its front. No bike can be taken away without corresponding race number.

DO NOT LEAVE GARMINS, POWER METERS ETC ON YOUR BIKE. Take them off and keep them on your person. We will not be responsible for the loss of any such items.

Bag Drop

Either at registration on the Saturday, or the start on Sunday you can leave your bag in one of the designated vans and we will transfer it to the finish at CairnGorm.

Only 1 bag per person.

Ensure you have attached your numbered tear of slip to your bag.

Please don’t leave valuables in your bag.

Please don’t give us a suitcase. Just a small bag with a warm change of clothing, towel, waterproofs, training shoes, and some grub or beers for the bus back to Pitlochry.


On Sudnay 1st June there will be NO PARKING at Pitlochry High School or on East Moulin Rd. Please park down the hill in Pitlochry Town Centre. Parking is free on a Sunday. 

On Sunday evening all coaches and vans will drop you off on Atholl Rd near Escape Route in Pitlochry Town Centre. 

Marshals Wanted

Do you know any happy cheery people who would like a fun day in the Scottish countryside handing out bananas and encouragement?

We’d love to get a few more bodies to help at the Feed stations in Glenshee (8am-noon), The Lecht (10am-3.30pm) and Nethy Bridge (11am-4.30pm).

We’ll feed them, water them, if necessary transport them and give them money towards expenses.

We’ll even allow them to choose the music for that stop’s sound system!

If you know anybody please ask the to email alan@3pistescycle.co.uk with MARSHALS in the header.

Feed Station Supplies

At Glenshee, The Lecht and Nethy Bridge the following will be on offer:


Fyffes Bananas

High5 – Energy Gel, Energy Gel plus Caffine, IsoGel, IsoGel plus caffine & Energy Source Powder for drinks

Malt Loaf

Confectionery & savoury snacks – not sure what yet, a trip to Costco is planned.

At Braemar toilets Fyffes Bananas, water and powder willl also be on offer.

Shops and cafes on the route

You can top up with coke, cake, coffee, etc etc etc at the ski centres. More details of feed station services, cafes and shops on the route can be found at https://3pistescycle.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/feed-stations/

Bike Mechanics

Please get you bike serviced this week. Don’t leave it to the last minute! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NEW(ISH) BRAKE BLOCKS!!!

Mike’s Bike in Aviemore and Escape Route in Pitlochry are providing the main pre event and on the day mechanical cover.

Escape Route will be open on Saturday from 9am – 5.30am for all last minute servicing. They promise that on the day they will have enough staff and stock in the shop to…

cope with virtually anything. We have an extensive range of tyres, tubes, brake pads, chains Energy gels and bars. The usual stuff that’s last minute. All based at the shop @ 3 Atholl rd.”

On the Sunday morning from 7am-9am they will have a temporary workshop at Pitlochry High School. After that they will start followng the course towards Glenshee.

Mechanics from Banchory Cycles and Carrbridge MTB centre will be looking after riders between A93 – Bridge of Brown and Mike’s Bikes from The Lecht – CairnGorm.

Our mobile mechanics will have a range of spares from tubes – wheels. They will be spread out across the course. If you have an issue get intouch with a Marshal or call our emergency line and we will get someone to you.

Riders are responsible for fixing their own punctures. Please ensure you carry a couple of spare tubes, tools and a pump / carrinsters and most importantly that you know how to use them.

If you suffer a serious mechanical we will try to give you a loan of a wheel etc. You might have to accept a lift from one of our vehicles to the next feed stop and get it fixed there. Sadly that will mean you will not get an official time.

First Aid

Mobile first aid cover on the route is being coordinated by British Red Cross who are providing two ambulances. Our static first aid stations are at Glenshee, Lecht and CairnGorm Ski Centres. Ski patrol staff will be manning these stations.

Your race numbers (bike and person) will have emergency contact details listed on them. Please also fill out your own personal emergency contact details.

Goodie Bags etc.

Before setting up this sportive I asked the nice forumites at BikeRadar.com what they expected from a goodie bag. They bluntly said that you don’t need an extra bidon, or crappy T-shirt, or another clunky medal or a bag full of pamphlets and flyers, but would rather save the fiver or so per entry most sportives spend on this clutter.

Hopefully you’ll be riding so well that won’t notice what we’ve spent most of your entry fee on, making sure you have a fun, safe and logistically smooth day with good grub, good weather and good support.

Finally a thank you for your support

It’s the first time we’ve organised something this big. We expected 150 – 200 of you. Somehow 750 of you are mad enough to want to ride this sportive. It’s been a logistical nightmare – but an enjoyable one.

Although we have taken lots and lots of advice and put together a comprehensive plan for the day, sadly Murphy’s Law states that we’ll probably cock something up. If so please be patient with us and we’ll do our best to fix it.

In the meantime for the best updates please “like” our FaceBook Page 

Awrabest Alan & The 3 Pistes Team


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