Waiting at the meeting point with blue skies, sunshine on our back and amazing views over the loch would have been fantastic, so you can just imagine the mood as we sheltered in the wind and rain, tired with a few hangovers waiting for the stragglers to get to the start of day! Some left before the last man standing turned up to try and get warm, which meant we had a nice 25 mph sprint out of Fort William led by Jerry to catch them once we did leave.
The mood didn’t really pick up in the first section, a combination of sore legs, rain, wind and a very busy road which had us strung out in single file all the way to the first stop at Tyndrum. We did try a few steady through and off, but that didn’t seem to work too well and we struggled to find a rhythm that suited all. It must be compulsory for it to be dreich, with hill tops covered in cloud as you go through Glencoe as all the times I’ve been there I don’t think I’ve ever seen blue sky and today was no different! As we passed Bridge of Orchy, Mags and Gary were sitting outside having coffee and it is here that Fiona called it a day leaving the rest of us to go up over the long drag to Tyndrum for a welcome break. Robin, who had been having a struggle called it quits here and with support car full Gary and Mags headed home – thanks for the support, much appreciated.
So the 16 left headed out, with the rain now off, down to Crainlarich and a tailwind to Lix Toll before the climb over Glen Ogle. Then a fantastic descent down to Lochearnhead on a smooth sweeping road with only maniac caravan drivers to worry us…. Now things improved dramatically as it was warm, sunny, blue skies and Joe sitting on the front tapping out a great steady pace all the way to Comrie. Smooth quieter road with spectacular views that we could now appreciate. A final stop at Comrie for a last top up of coffee and cake and we could actually sit outside in the sunshine 🙂
Having slogged along towards Madderty into a block headwind a few times, what a pleasure to go the other way with a tailwind and we made good time to Perth, and on to Balbeggie, before up over Tully for a final blast back to Muirhead. A longer return leg of 125 miles in 6:55 @ 18 mph average – no bad for day 2, well done everyone.
Overall a great weekend, but the weather does make a difference. Thanks to all the support crews for your help and encouragement. Well done to all the riders, some major PB’s again for the weekend.
My Garmin stats which shows the route etc: