The Route

Sunday 31st May 2015 – The UK’s Highest Cycle Sportive

Pitlochry – Glenshee – The Lecht – Cairngorm

102miles or 165km

2000m of climbing – but a pal’s Strava says 2690m

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Start 7.00am – 9.00am @ Pitlochry High School  East Moulin Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5ET

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 CentreFeed 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 14:00 & 18:30

 

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