Hello 3 Pisters,
Sorry communication has been a bit haphazard this year, I’ve been mad busy with Loch loMAN Triathlon and making sure the all new Tour of the Highlands is ready for its first run this weekend. 200 crazy folk doing 107 miles the day before 3 Pistes and 111 the day after.
Most of you lot are old pros who have ridden 3 Pistes before so you know the drill and you’ll know it is a well oiled machine.
Sunday 29th May – The Classic 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive
Start HQ – Pitlochry High School, East Moulin rd, Pitlochry. PH16 5ET
Finish HQ – Cairngorm Mtn, Aviemore, Inverness-Shire PH22 1RB
Start 7am – 9pm
Emergency Contact Numbers
On Saturday we will post Key Event Contact Numbers for Broom, First Aid and Mechanics on website and Facebook. Please save these to your phone.
As per usual we give you two options for rego at Pitlochry High School,
Saturday – 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 8am – 8.45am
If you want to start the ride at 7am Sunday you must register on the Saturday. If you want to collect your numbers and timing chips on Sunday morning you cannot do so until 8am and thus you cannot start riding until immediately afterwards.
Coach Transfer & Registration
If you are getting the Aviemore – start coach on Sunday morning we will again be doing your registration at the coach.
Coach pick is from the central car park of the MacDonald Highland Resort PH22 1PN.
Please park in the central car park, however as a courtesy to hotel residents and guests please park away from the main entrance.
6am Check in & registration
6.15am Depart for Pitlochry – If you are late we will leave without you.
7.45am Arrive Pitlochry High School
In each rider’s registration pack will be a disposable timing chip and two event numbers – 1 for bicycle, 1 for rider – grab some pins. Before your bicycle is loaded onto one of the numbered trucks you must secure your number to the seat post of your bicycle. All riders must remove their pedals before loading onto the truck. Keep note of your truck number.
Our van team are experienced cyclists (we deliberately don’t get contractors in to do this) who all love their carbon steeds as much as you do yours. We will treat your bike as if it were our own… however if you are very, very precious about your paint work please bring an old dust sheet for us to drape over your bike.
On arrival in Pitlochry search out your truck, then our security team will match up your bicycle number with your bib number. After all of that you will ride off all happy and full of excitement.
Return coaches will leave Cairngorm Car Park at regular intervals from 3pm – 6.30pm
BAG DROP SYSTEM
Put your kit bag with change of clothes in the bag drop van and we will transport it to the finish.
We will provide you with a luggage label. Ensure it is securely fastened and please clearly write your ride number on it.
We pride ourselves in overstocking the feed stops with yummy goodies. There will be plenty of bananas, high 5 gels, water, powder for drinks, Aussie bites, flap jacks, chocolate bars, soreen, pretzels and whatever else we like the look of in Costco.
48km – Glenshee Ski Centre– Full Feed Stop & Toilets
96km – Corgarff– Full Feed Stop & Toilets
102km – The Lecht Ski Centre– Full Feed Stop & Toilets
135km – Nethy Bridge Hotel– Full Feed Stop & Toilets
We will allow you to start in groups of no more than 20 riders every 2 minutes. You will almost immediately spread out on the climb over Moulin Moor. Most of the route features key trunk roads through the Scottish Highlands which are wide enough for overtaking. Please be courteous to your fellow road users. It is perfectly legal for you to ride in pairs. Please DO NOT ride more than 2 abreast EVER. When the road narrows (particularly first road over Moulin to A93 & at Gairnshiel) please allow other road users to pass safely.
Most of the downhills are wide and fast. The A93 drop from Glenshee will see many of you hit your maximum speed for a prolonged period. Stay below the National Speed Limit and don’t draft cars!
Steep sections and bends will be well signposted and road marked.
BROOM WAGON & MECHANICS
We will have 2 mobile mechanics and 2 broom vehicles following the course. They will also be at the start for any last minute tinkering. We will also have a static mechanic at Glenshee. Once riders are through he will then zoom on to Corgarff.
Cairnwell Summit 11.00
junction of A93/B976 12.00
Lecht Summit 14.30
Nethy Bridge 16.00
Spean Bridge – 11am
Banavie – 12noon (divert via Camusnagaul ferry)
Corran Ferry – 3pm
Glencoe Ski – 5pm
The Classic 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive
Pitlochry – Glenshee – The Lecht – Cairngorm
The route will be well signed. With the exception of Tomintoul every turn is left.
Experience has shown us that you are all sensible riders and that it is better for us to have our marshals mobile, so do not expect junctions to have marshals. This is not a closed road event, none of you are Steven Kruijswijk so take your time, obey the highway code and be courteous to other road users.
KEY POINTS OF CONCERN
0.5km Turn right onto A924
20.5km After Kirkmichael Turn left onto B950 following signs for Braemar
26.5km At T junction turn left onto A93 following signs for Braemar
40km Spittal of Glenshee
49.5km Glenshee Ski Centre – Feed station, mechanical support, toilets, cafe, first aid &public telephone.
Broom wagon cut off at Cairnwell Summit 11.30am
64.5km Braemar – Feed station, shops, public telephone & toilets
Continue on A93 past Balmoral Castle.
78.5km Turn left onto B976 signposted Tomintoul – CAUTION – sharp left corner onto narrow, steep, minor road with cattle grids and fast descents.
Broom Wagon cut off at junction of A93/B976 12.30
85km Gairnshiel Lodge Public telephone
86km Turn left onto A939 signed Tomintoul – water stop
86.5km Gairnshiel Brig – CAUTION Narrow hump back bridge with blind summit. No stopping on the bridge.
87km CAUTION – narrow road with cattle girds and uphill ramps of 20%
92km CAUTION – Fast, steep descent.
96km Turn left onto A939 signed Tomintoul
100km Corgarff – public telephone
CAUTION uphill ramps of 20%
104.5km The Lecht Ski Centre – Feed station, mechanical support, toilets, cafe, public telephone, first aid.
Broom Wagon cut off at Lecht Summit 15.00
CAUTION – Steep descent with slopes in excess of 20% – Riders must ensure they do not break national speed limit of 60mph
107km Well of The Lecht – CAUTION Steep descent with blind 90 degree left hand turn with junction.
115km Turn left at T Junction signed Tomintoul & Grantown on Spey
116km CAUTION – RIGHT TURN at T Junction follow signs for Grantown on Spey
116km Tomintoul – Water stop, toilets, shops, cafe, public telephone.
117km CAUTION – Steep descent 20%
129km Turn left immediately after snow gates onto B970 signed Dorback & Nethy Bridge
CAUTION – Sharp left turn on narrow road with passing places and immediate steep descent.
135.5km Nethy Bridge
137km Turn left at T Junction signed B970 Coylumbridge & Aviemore
137.2km Feed station, mechanical support, toilets, shops, cafe, public telephone.
Broom Wagon cut off at Nethy Bridge 16.00
153km Coylumbridge – Turn left signed Glenmore & Cairngorm
160km Glenmore – FINAL water stop, toilets, shops, cafe, public telephone.
CAUTION – feel elation for THE FINAL CLIMB.
165.38km Coire Cas Car Park, CairnGorm Mountain THE FINISH
Broom Wagon cut off – all riders MUST must be finished BY 17:45 or they will not be given a time.
Coaches for Pitlochry will depart at regular intervals between 15:00 & 18:30
FINALLY – Do you have a spouse or parent or wean who would like to marshal?
As is always the case, we always welcome more pairs of hands to help at the feed stops. Do you have anyone who would like to earn a wee bit of cash (£30-40) for a few hours handing out bananas?
Glenshee – 9am – 11.30am
Corgarff – 10am – 1.30pm
The Lecht – 10am – 2.30pm
Nethy Bridge – 11am – 4pm
If so please ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Any question then please ask us at registration on Saturday.