Not sure 4 hours sleep and a hilly 80+ club run the day before is good preparation for your first sportive of the year, but here we go. Plan was always to bimble around and enjoy it and that’s exactly what I did.
This is a new event with a unique twist. If you pay your money and turn up you get it back – so ride for free! Or donate it to charity. It is a good idea and worked as the event was sold out and the place was pretty busy.
Starting at Falkirk stadium, so plenty of parking, it was very well organised. Sign on was quick and easy and the signage on the road probably the best of any event I have done, marshalls at key points too. The route was really good and a decent early season challenge with some tough little climbs and rolling all the way – having great weather did help. Pretty much out in the open countryside with great views and quiet roads most of the day.
As per my plan, I did it at my own nice social pace, pretty much on my own the whole route, but wasn’t lonely as always passing riders on the road and never felt I was out on my own.
Decent goody bag and medal at the end, considering it was “free” to enter and some soup and food available too. I would recommend it and look to do it again if they run it next year. The organisers do have another couple of events in Scotland this year and if they are of the same standard then I’d be signing up for them.
My Garmin went to sleep at the start so missed the first 10 miles or so, the official route is here – https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1532895473 My time for a nice run in the sun was 3:32.