How the other half live 🙂
Still no idea why, but Jamie and me were members of the Brewin Dolphin Velo Club for this event, so VIP all the way, and you could get used to it.
We arrived to our private Club Members car park and private registration marquee for Members only where they were serving up bacon rolls, pastries, coffee etc and proper toilets!
We were all called together and brought to the front of the start gate and set off as a group with a ride leader at a very social pace – for a while anyway.
Weather was ideal, warm, cloudy and no wind.
The ride leader kept us together for the first 5-10 miles and then a few shot off the front, which we joined and a group of 10-12 of us then picked up the pace. Social had now become less so 🙂 I wasn’t feeling too great, so hung on, hoping it would pass, which it eventually did. The first 40 miles or so were pretty straightforward, no big climbs as such, but the second half of the course was back loaded with some killers! The first major obstacle is the climb out of Dunning where we stayed pretty much as a group over the top and sped down towards Yetts O’ Muckhart and double back to head towards Auchterarder up Glendevon. It was here a cry of “on your right” was heard and a group sped past. So what else can you do, we joined up and did through and off UP Glendevon at a ridiculous pace.
This group pretty much stayed together through Auchterarder and back to Dunning where we fractured on the awful Dragon climb with it’s pitches of 16-20%. The road to Path of Condie and finally back to Milnathort is a slog of up, down, up down and our legs were feeling it. As we went through Kinross, only Cleish hill to go – thankfully as we were bust by now. Managed to catch one of the original group on the descent, the three of us working as best we could back to the finish.
Once we dropped off the bikes and got changed it was back to the marquee for food – great choice of hot foods, drinks, snacks, really was pretty good. Free massage available too. There were also the guests of honour – Dean Downing and Mark Beaumont being interviewed on stage with lots of tips around all sorts from nutrition, to training, to gearing to saddle sore tips! They really did look after you.
The best stash of goodies from any event I’ve ever done, and possibly worth the money to be in the Club – t-shirt and medal for all, but we also got a cap, Le Col jersey, socks, razor(?!), as many gels and bars as you could handle –
A well organised event. A good, challenging route on mainly quiet roads. There is a choice of 3 routes, the 100 mile and 6,000+ feet of climbing we did but also 75 mile and 42 mile loops too. Would recommend it.
The Garmin stats for me (official time of 5:15):