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Skye Sportive

Dramatic scenery is ensured as this cycle route takes you around the Trotternish Peninsula – with unsurpassed views of the Cuillin range. Choose from two options – the 78km Skye Beag or the 151km Skye Mor.


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Tour O’ The Borders

Starting and finishing in Peebles, this closed road 120km ride will travel over quiet country roads and climb several hills. There will be mechanic support, showers, regular water and food stops and mementos at the finish line.


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Rock&Road Cycle Festival

Lots of events on over these two days that will suit all flavours of cyclists. Based in Tomintoul and the amazing Glenlivet Estate trails, you can choose from a guided MTB ride, the senorita cycle (ladies only) or a night ride – to name just a few! Check the website for more.


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Ride It Callander Sportive

With a choice of short, medium or long rides over two days to choose from, you’ll cycle through spectacular scenery. The routes are all way marked, with marshalls on hand and technical support too. Book before 24 January and get a free High5 energy pack worth £10 free. See website for more information.


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Peggy’s late entry to cycling success

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Edinburgh cyclist Peggy Seriès may have come late to the sport but it hasn’t prevented her from winning. Read more ›

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Etape Loch Ness proves a great introduction to the sportive experience

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If you’d like to try a cycling challenge, Don Currie has just the event for you. Read more ›

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3 Pistes cycle sportive report

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3 Pistes Cycle Sportive. Photograph: Paddy McCullagh

The inaugural 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive attracted almost 800 riders. How did it go? Read more ›

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3 Pistes Cycle Sportive

The 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive launches in Scotland next June and promises an epic ride. Billed as the UK’s highest cycle event, the 3 Pistes ride offers a stunning – and tough – route of 102 miles through some of Scotland’s most fabulous landscapes.

The cycle challenge, from Pitlochry in Perthshire to the outdoors Highlands town of Aviemore, takes in 2,000m of climbing over three of the UK’s four highest roads. The “3 Pistes” refers to the three ski resorts that cyclists will pass, Glenshee, The Lecht and CairnGorm, where the finish line will be.

While there will obviously be a lot of ascents to cycle, the rewards will be in the fabulous scenery – and the downhills.

Alan Anderson, the race organiser, says: “Yes, there will be hills and mountains and plenty of challenges, but there will also be some fantastic downhill sections and lots of flat roads as well.”

Alan, a whisky comedian and a member of Glasgow Triathlon Club, has long felt that the A to B Highlands route would prove iconic as a cycling sportive.

He said: “The route is amazing but for many cyclists doing this on their own is tricky because they need to get from the finish back to the start. This would involve sorting out transport.

“The new sportive will solve this because we are putting on buses and vans to take people from the finish line back to the start.”

There is the option of bus transport from Aviemore to Pitlochry for the start of the event or at the end. All cyclists who finish the 102 miles before 4pm can enjoy a free ride on the funicular at CairnGorm to reach the UK’s highest restaurant.

 


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Newcastleton Cross Border Classic Sportive

A mass-participation road cycling event over two days, with distance options from 45 miles to 160 miles. Entry is £17 for one day, £30 for both. Expect winding lanes, strenuous climbs, little traffic and lots of scenery and Roman history. Two routes head north though the Borders, while two go the other way into Northumberland. In association with Accelerade and Visit Newcastleton.


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The appeal of Scotland’s cycling sportives

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Cycling legends, fantastic routes, friendship and fitness – no wonder cycle sportives are on the up Read more ›

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Ready for another Scottish cycling tour

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The annual Tour of Britain is an exciting event for professional and amateur riders. In less than a month’s time, the Tour Ride Scotland stage kicks off. FionaOutdoors looks at the Tour ­– and reveals some of the other great Scottish bike rides/sportives Read more ›

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