Author Topic: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018  (Read 23888 times)

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2017, 12:43:27 pm »
The weather will probably make up for the "lack of vertical challenge". My only adventure in Western Scotland was 2 weather warnings in 4 days in early August... one for a storm with 60 mph winds and the other for 100 mm of rain in 24 hours. May could be worse than August

May can be the best month in West Scotland; sunshine without the midges. Weather was great on the late May bank holiday 2010 https://issuu.com/audax-uk/docs/2011_may_arrivee/58

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2017, 03:49:01 pm »
Same amount of climbing as Borders of Belgium by my reckoning, just less Ardennes-y and more bastard choppy.

Funnily enough, that's another ride I was considering for next year too. Highly unlikely to do both though.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2017, 01:02:00 am »
The Daylight 600 in a heatwave was a bit different. A ginger haired rider ended up with a very red face decorated with white lines in the shape of his helmet straps.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #28 on: September 20, 2017, 10:34:09 am »
The Daylight 600 in a heatwave was a bit different. A ginger haired rider ended up with a very red face decorated with white lines in the shape of his helmet straps.
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2017, 11:16:06 am »
What happened to the route? The link in the first post now points to a 404 error page.

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2017, 12:15:50 pm »
This my unofficial copy of the route

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25403503

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #31 on: September 25, 2017, 01:37:13 pm »
This my unofficial copy of the route

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25403503

Thanks! Now I just have to choose between this and one of the TINAT rides  ::-)

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2017, 03:06:40 pm »
Thanks! Now I just have to choose between this and one of the TINAT rides  ::-)
With a heavy heart I have to choose TINAT. It's an odd weekend to get two big rides - normally it's the bank holiday weekend that gets overloaded with audaxes. (and most folk riding this one will only work Tue+Wed, +maybe THu a.m. )

( Are there any biggies on 26th May? )
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2017, 03:10:08 pm »
( Are there any biggies on 26th May? )

Brimstone 600, but nothing bigger than that.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2017, 09:06:29 pm »
The route has been refined a bit with a few modest tweaks

This is the version thats been submitted with event registration this evening - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25556906

With the loop round Loch Leven coming before the Corran Ferry, its now 550km to the events only mandatory ferry crossing (its recommended, but optional on the return). 


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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2017, 09:48:11 pm »
Tempted.  Its not in July which is my no go month.  And I enjoyed the Mille Alba a few years back.
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #36 on: September 26, 2017, 09:50:28 pm »
The route has been refined a bit with a few modest tweaks

This is the version thats been submitted with event registration this evening - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25556906

With the loop round Loch Leven coming before the Corran Ferry, its now 550km to the events only mandatory ferry crossing (its recommended, but optional on the return).


Mrs F. is of the opinion that I should ride this. That's easy to say when you don't have to ride it yourself!

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #37 on: September 26, 2017, 10:32:51 pm »
About time I stepped up from 600km. Way things are going I probably won't be working so should have time to do the training.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #38 on: September 26, 2017, 11:26:02 pm »
I would SO want to do this if I could still ride!

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2017, 12:27:29 pm »
I see it's in the calendar now. Time to start planning in earnest... I've already floated the idea of my wife spending a long weekend in Edinburgh while I go off and ride my bike.

With the loop round Loch Leven coming before the Corran Ferry, its now 550km to the events only mandatory ferry crossing (its recommended, but optional on the return). 

Optional? I love a ferry crossing, especially if the alternative is adding a gratuitous extra 30km to the route...  ;D

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2017, 01:31:06 pm »
I see it's in the calendar now. Time to start planning in earnest... I've already floated the idea of my wife spending a long weekend in Edinburgh while I go off and ride my bike.

With the loop round Loch Leven coming before the Corran Ferry, its now 550km to the events only mandatory ferry crossing (its recommended, but optional on the return). 

Optional? I love a ferry crossing, especially if the alternative is adding a gratuitous extra 30km to the route...  ;D

its only 30k extra if you don't take the ferry on the way out, not on the return crossing
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2017, 01:40:27 pm »
its only 30k extra if you don't take the ferry on the way out, not on the return crossing

My understanding is that the loop round Loch Leven is mandatory on the outward journey (to make up the distance), with a control in Kinlochleven to enforce it.

The ferry is then optional on the return leg, but it's 30km extra if you prefer to go round the loch.


Ignore me, I've completely misunderstood the route - I thought that was a ferry crossing at Ballachulish but on zooming in on the map I see it's a road bridge. (A particularly foolish mistake since I actually rode across that very same bridge on my LEJOG last year and remember it well.  :facepalm: )

I think I get it now - the 'optional' ferry crossing on the return leg is back across the Corran ferry, instead of going via Fort William along the A82.

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2017, 02:38:28 pm »
I think I'd like to do this but will need to make the calendar work around TTs.   CTT don't publish their list until first week of Jan. 

I rode the Daylight twice in the late 90s but haven't ridden North of the border since then.

I had a feeling this one might fill in line with recent patterns but it looks like there's no limit on rider numbers ?

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #43 on: September 29, 2017, 06:42:14 pm »
Entries don't open until 1/1/18 so hopefully shouldn't be full by the time you get your CTT calendar
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2017, 10:50:30 pm »


Ignore me, I've completely misunderstood the route - I thought that was a ferry crossing at Ballachulish but on zooming in on the map I see it's a road bridge. (A particularly foolish mistake since I actually rode across that very same bridge on my LEJOG last year and remember it well.  :facepalm: )



In the days of old we'd ride the extra 15 mls or so if the South Ballachulish to North Ballachulish Ferry had closed for the day.i think that the bridge was built in the late 70s or early 80s.  You can still see the parking area for the Ferry by the Hotel on the South side!

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #45 on: September 29, 2017, 10:52:43 pm »
1975. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballachulish_Bridge

My dad built it so don't go wearing it out.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #46 on: September 30, 2017, 09:15:47 am »
Now looked at the route.  It has so many roads I want to cycle along.  Time to starting building up the brownie point bank.
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #47 on: September 30, 2017, 09:22:07 am »
My dad built it so don't go wearing it out.

Your Dad did a good thing! There used to be a tricky choice: a long wait for the ferry or a tedious drive round.

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #48 on: October 04, 2017, 08:33:19 pm »
1975. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballachulish_Bridge

My dad built it so don't go wearing it out.


Thanks for full info,  we won't wear it out!

Bairn Again

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2017, 03:44:56 pm »
Hello there.  I've had a few emails about this event - mostly folk in a minor panic that they cant enter.

Worry not - the event opens to entries on 1 January 2018. 

Ive also updated the AUK web page http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-402/ with some additional information which might be helpful for folk thinking about entering (the info can be accessed via the "route sheet" link).

I plan to recce part of the route over Easter and aim to ride the thing myself the weekend before the calendar event.