Friday 8th May – Sunday 10th May 2020- Entries Open 8pm Sunday 27th October – Enter HERE!
Ride the original King of the Mountains Sportives through Royal Deeside and the Cairngorm National Park… But now with 3 days of riding over a whole bank holiday weekend.
Route options of 50 miles, 110km, 100miles or 110miles… plus a Hill Climb race up The Lecht.
Fri 8th May – Sun 10th May (bank holiday weekend)
Day 1 – Hill Climb race up The Lecht from Cockbridge…£1200 in prizes to be won
Day 2 – 50mile, 100km & 101mile KOM Sportives – based at The Lecht Ski Centre
Day 3 – 110 mile Queen of the Highland Sportive – Starting and finishing on UK’s Highest public road
Two of Scotland’s toughest road routes take you up steep mountain passes and down sweeping descents. Experience the stunning landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside.
Over the years we have found that parking and traffic management in Aboyne or Alford is too tricky. The Lecht and Glenshee both have massive carparks and facilities which are ideal for cyclists, so why not utilise them to their fullest. It also means that all our rides finish with spectacular uphill mountain top finishes.
Day 1 – Lecht Hill Climb
On the Friday Bank Holiday afternoon we will hold the inaugural Lecht Hill Climb from the South.
We have space for a maximum of 360 riders (Start at 1 minute intervals). The first 300 riders to enter, plus an invitation of 60 riders chosen at our discretion.
We will have a £1200 cash prize fund of…
Fastest Male & Fastest Female £200
2nd Fastest Male & 2nd Fastest Female £100
3rd Fastest Male & 3rd Fastest Female £50
Average* Male or Female £200
3rd slowest Male or Female £100
Sprint Section (from start to top of first ramp @1.1km
Fastest Male & Fastest Female £100
*Average Male or Female – our timing gurus will add up all the times and divide by the number of riders. The rider (male or female) closest to, but not slower than, the average time will be deemed our Average rider
Day 2 – King of the Mountains Sportive
With the change of Start and Finish to The Lecht this has allowed us to offer 3 different route – 50miles, 110km & 100 miles – making this ride within reach of cyclist of all abilities.
The 50 mile route
The 50 Mile route offers leisure riders the opportunity to tackle some of Scotland’s most stunning climbs with the full assistance of our support crew.
Starting with a long fast descent from The Lecht the first challenge of the day is up Gairnshiel, then it is downhill all the way to Royal Deeside and along the stunning back road from Ballater to Dinnet where you will enjoy rolling countryside taking you back to the bottom of The Lecht and the climb to the finish.
Perfect for club riders who have had a lazy winter.
Starting out with a long long downhill spin of the legs from The Lecht to Mossat, then onto some of the most isolated roads of the UK up the climb to Carbrach, onwards to whisky country at Dufftown and back south via Tomintoul and the long, steep slog back up to The Lecht.
Knowing that many of you will be riding 110miles the following day we have cut out the climb over Suie and through Clatt. The narrow roads of this section had proven the ride being unpopular with local residents in previous years.
This is the perfect testing day for club riders. Starting from the top of The Lecht riders will tackle the ramps to Gairnshiel and Crathie at the start rather than towards the end of the ride. The South Deeside road will allow a spin of the legs before the rolling hills back to Donside and Rhynie test the legs at the halfway point. Then, just like the 110km riders, it is the Carbrach and the isolated, high Cairngorm roads of Dufftown and Tomintoul that will no doubt all have headwinds, which the riders will grind over prior to finishing on the slopes of the Lecht.
Day 3 – Queen of the Highlands
The big one. Starting and finishing on on the UK’s HIGHEST public road.
Sweeping south down from the ski centre along our favourite UK road, the rolling A93, we then take you on the series of undulating back roads to the main climb of the day, The Cairn O The Mount. It is steep, it is narrow, it goes on and on and on. After a tricky descent we lead you onto the South Deeside road back via Balmoral and Braemar to our finish at Glenshee.
We know how much the Tour of the Highlands riders have loved our 3 day format. However we know that for many of you the logistics can be daunting. We hope that having these 3 days of riding based at The Lecht & Glenshee means that riders will be able to enjoy a family weekend in and around Deeside riding on what is undoubtably the UKs answer to a weekend based at Bourg D’Osians for riding Alpe D’Heuz / Col Du Glandon.