3 Pistes Cycle now 5 Pistes Tour of the Highlands

For the 3rd year of the 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive we are expanding the format to include all 5 of Scotland’s Highland ski centres.

You can ride 1, 2 or 3 epic days Sat 28th May – Mon 30th May 2016

glenshee full from hillside

The long and winding road up Glenshee to UK’s highest road.

Day 1 : Glencoe Mountain Resort to Pitlochry
Day 2 : Pitlochry, Glenshee Ski Centre , The Lecht,CairnGorm Mountain Ltd
Day 3 : Aviemore, Nevis Range snow, Glencoe.

3 Days : 5 Ski Centres: 300 Miles

The 3 Pistes Amigos

The 3 Pistes Amigos

Days 1 and 3 will each have a short cut route available.

Entry opens Sun 22nd November.

day 1 profile

Tour of the Highlands Day 1 profile. Glencoe Ski Centre, Crainlaraich South Loch Tay, Schiehallion, Trinafour, Old A9, House of Bruar, Pitlochry

Day one features three of the most fun downhills in the whole UK. It also features Event Director Alan Anderson’s favourite climb in the whole UK –  up the switch backs from Trinafour > Errochty Dam.

One of the switch backs above Errochty Dam at Trinafour heading north towards Old A9

5pistes 3days

Tour of the Highlands route Day 1 Glencoe Ski Centre – Pitlochry Day 2 Pitlochry – Cairngorm Mountain (3 Pistes route) Day 3 Aviemore – Nevis Range – West Loch Linnhe – Glencoe Ski Centre

After the 3 Pistes route, Day 3 will feel like a recovery day… until you get to Glencoe Village, then it’s the long slog up arguably the most stunning valley in the whole of Europe.

Glencoe. The most stunning valley in Europe.

To avoid the busy stretch of A82 south of Fort Bill, the route will take you onto the West side of Loch Linnhe (you can ride round Loch Eil or get the ferry at Fort William – extra sailings are being put on, but only enough for 100 riders max).

Pro cyclist Hannah Barnes riding past Buachaille Etive Mor at Glencoe Ski Centre.

Day 3 Profile - Aviemore - Nevis Range - West Loch Linnhe - (via ferry) - Glencoe Ski Centre

Day 3 Profile – Aviemore – Nevis Range – West Loch Linnhe – (via ferry) – Glencoe Ski Centre

This is enough to whet your appetite. More details next week.



  1. Gareth Williams · November 20, 2015

    Hi, I am really interested in this sportive, me and a friend are thinking of doing it but we were hoping to find out the cost, so we can start planning, my friend will be coming up from Liverpool and we need to price it all.


    • 3pistescycle · November 20, 2015

      3 Pistes from £40
      Tour of the Highlands from £110

  2. Colin Hill · November 20, 2015

    There are a group of us interested in the tour of the highlands. How is accommodation organised, or do we do that? How do we sign up?

    • 3pistescycle · November 20, 2015

      You have to sort out your own accommodation. Plenty in both Pitlochry and Aviemore.

      We will provide a bag drop van.

      Entry link will go up on website, facebook and twitter on Sunday for 8pm opening.

  3. Errol · November 24, 2015

    Interested in the Highland Tour over the 3 days. I take it that it is up to us to organise accommodation at he overnight stops? Is there food available at the end of each day, or is it self cater?

    • 3pistescycle · November 24, 2015

      Riders need to sort out own accommodation.
      There will be hot food at the end of each ride… not a substitute for an evening meal, just a big bowl of pasta or similar.

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