Final notes for Sunday’s 3 Pistes Cycle.

Rider notes

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.

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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



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.


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

Day 3

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.


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 

Any question then please ask us at registration on Saturday. 


Defer your entry until 2017 or buy coach transfer

The 3 Pistes Cycle 2016 is now exactly 1 month away and tonnes more snow has fallen on the course over the past 36hours.

Sadly some of you who are already on the start list will have to bow out due to injury or such like. If so, you have until Sunday 15th May to complete this deferral form.

Next year you will be able to ride for free, however if you wish coach transfer you will have to purchase that separately next spring.
Speaking of which… Additional Coach Transfers are now available to purchase online via BritishCycling from this weekend up until registration.

Get your 3 Pistes Kit & Deferrals

Six weeks to go until 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive & Tour of the Highlands 2016. Hope you have been getting the miles in.

I’ve been working (and drinking) at the Australian comedy festivals for the past 3 months. Sorry if you have been trying to contact me and I haven’t yet replied. I have a massive backlog of emails and FaceBook messages to plough through. If you are looking to defer your entry, add coach transfer or check up on your deferred place from last year, forms, details and lots of other important info will be posted at and our facebook page in the next few weeks.


Sorry this is last minute, but if you would like to order 3 Pistes kit to be picked up at registration, Champs-Systems are taking orders until this Thursday 21st April at 3pm. Simply visit:-

 New members enter the following details:

 Username: 3pistesxmas

Password: clubkitxmas

We will also have a Tour of the Highlands kit available online from tomorrow via the same link.

More news soon. Enjoy your riding.

Awrabest Alan

Forget X-factor results, 3 Pistes Adventure Show is on BBC 2 Scotland now

Forget X-factor results and Antiques Roadshow,  3 Pistes Adventure Show is on BBC 2 Scotland now.

Where / how to watch 3 Pistes Tonight BBC 2 Scotland 8pm

Freeview Channel 2 (Scotland only)
Freesat Channel 102 (Scotland)
Channel 970 (Rest of UK)
Sky Channel 102 (Scotland)
Channel 970 (Rest of UK)
Virgin Media Channel 102
Smallworld Cable Channel 102
TalkTalk TV Channel 2 (Scotland)
Channel 968 (Rest of UK)

BBC Adventure Show 3 Pistes trailer

Here’s a lovely 2 minute trailer for BBC 2 Scotland’s The Adventure Show episode feature 3 Pistes Cycle 2015 is broadcast this Sunday 13th December at 8pm. adventureshowclip.png

British Cycling entries for 2016 open  Sunday at 8pm

Where / how to watch 3 Pistes Tonight BBC 2 Scotland 8pm

Freeview Channel 2 (Scotland only)
Freesat Channel 102 (Scotland)
Channel 970 (Rest of UK)
Sky Channel 102 (Scotland)
Channel 970 (Rest of UK)
Virgin Media Channel 102
Smallworld Cable Channel 102
TalkTalk TV Channel 2 (Scotland)
Channel 968 (Rest of UK)

Enter 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive 2016


Entry for 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive 2016 is open.

Final date for Sportive only entries is Friday 27th May 2016.

Final date for Sportive Entry plus coach transfer is Monday 23rd May 2016.

Entry is via

Postal entries and on the day entries WILL NOT be accepted.

Entry options will be:

1. Sportive only entry.

2. Sportive entry plus coach transfer from Aviemore to Pitlochry for start.

3. Sportive entry plus coach transfer to Pitlochry from finish.

If you purchase Sportive only entry , but subsequently require coach transfer there will be an additional administration charge of £10.00 plus the price difference between original fee paid and Sportive plus Coach fee at time of request.

Entries are not transferable to a third party. Photo ID required at registration.

Sportive entry will include:

British Cycling Event Insurance, Rider Numbers for person & bike, Timing chip / number for helmet, access to supplies at Feed Stations and a hot beverage and food at the finish.

We don’t do lots of flags or banners or branding, goody bags, free t-shirts, free bidons, flyers for charities or people trying to sell you stuff… in-fact any free promotional crap you don’t need or want.

You will NOT get a medal. You are a grown adult and probably experienced cyclist. Medals are for 5k fun runners or people who finish top three in a proper race.

We spend your money giving you a damn good day with great feed stops, lots of assistance and a massive party at the top of Cairngorm.


3 Pistes Tour of the Highland opens tomorrow

3 Pistes Cycle – Tour of the Highlands

For the 3rd edition of the 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive you can now visit all 5 Highland ski centres over 3 days / 300 miles – or “just” tackle the classic 1 day route.

Entries for both editions open tomorrow, Sunday 22nd November at 8pm

3 Pistes Cycle Sportive – Sunday 29th May 2016 (from £40)


Tour of the Highlands – Sat 28th – Mon 30th May (from £110)

Day 1. Glencoe -Ben Lawers-House of Bruar-Pitlochry

Day 2. Pitlochry-Glenshee-Lecht-Cairngorm

Day 3. Aviemore-NevisRange-Kinlocheil-Glencoe
Glen Coe

How to enter.

Entry will open tomorrow at 8pm. A link will be posted on this website and also our facebook page.

Entries via British Cycling website will not open until the day that the BBC Adventure show broadcasts 3 Pistes 2015. This was supposed to be next weekend, however it has now been pushed back to mid December. There will also be a price increase after broadcast, so best get entering tomorrow.

Ben Lawers

The first edition of  Tour of the Highlands has only 200 places available, so you’ll need to be fast to enter.

3 Pistes 2016 will be limited to 1200 entrants.

Thanks for your support, happy entering and have a great winter of training.

Awrabest Alan