Author Topic: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018  (Read 23887 times)

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #50 on: December 08, 2017, 07:35:15 pm »
Very interested too. Had planned to do the Brimstone, but may save the Wessex SR for PB year instead, unless i do the Hellfire (again).  Fond memories of the last Daylight (bar the midges)

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2017, 06:22:11 pm »
I see in the notes on the 'route sheet' linked to above that there is a recommendation to park at the Airport park and ride. This P&R is not open 24hrs and overnight parking is not permitted.  This is to stop it filling up with cheapskates flying off on their hol's.

See https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ingliston

The recommendation on that page is to use the Hermiston P&R which is open 24hrs but is served by buses only.  It is however a short cycle ride to Edinburgh Park Tram stop (and railway station) by this route https://dunfermline.cyclestreets.net/journey/59977002/#balanced

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #52 on: December 11, 2017, 11:09:48 am »
I see in the notes on the 'route sheet' linked to above that there is a recommendation to park at the Airport park and ride. This P&R is not open 24hrs and overnight parking is not permitted.  This is to stop it filling up with cheapskates flying off on their hol's.

See https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ingliston

The recommendation on that page is to use the Hermiston P&R which is open 24hrs but is served by buses only.  It is however a short cycle ride to Edinburgh Park Tram stop (and railway station) by this route https://dunfermline.cyclestreets.net/journey/59977002/#balanced
good spot Simon ta.

You can tell how often I use the P&R!

I will update the information next time Im refreshing it. 

And its downhill all the way from Hermiston P&R

Bairn Again

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #53 on: December 11, 2017, 04:41:07 pm »
I see in the notes on the 'route sheet' linked to above that there is a recommendation to park at the Airport park and ride. This P&R is not open 24hrs and overnight parking is not permitted.  This is to stop it filling up with cheapskates flying off on their hol's.

See https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ingliston

The recommendation on that page is to use the Hermiston P&R which is open 24hrs but is served by buses only.  It is however a short cycle ride to Edinburgh Park Tram stop (and railway station) by this route https://dunfermline.cyclestreets.net/journey/59977002/#balanced
good spot Simon ta.

You can tell how often I use the P&R!

I will update the information next time Im refreshing it. 

And its downhill all the way from Hermiston P&R

Amended and updated

Bairn Again

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #54 on: December 29, 2017, 06:45:47 pm »
Entries open on Monday for this event.

More details are provided on the AUK website but the event starts in Edinburgh 8pm with an overnight ride Thursday into the West Highlands. 

I expect a lot of riders will use Oban at 456km as a sleep stop Friday night (where there may be a bag drop), there's a beautiful 277km Saturday loop round Ardnamurchan (those who've ridden the Daylight 600 will know) back to Oban.  Finally there's 267km back into the Lowlands to Edinburgh via Perth on the Sunday.  A benign finish along the Forth from Stirling to Edinburgh includes a close up view of the splendid new Queensferry Crossing around 10km from the finish (cyclists get the old bridge to themselves!).

I'm hoping the full-ish moon and the long long Highland evenings will help riders. 

 


Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #55 on: December 29, 2017, 08:39:55 pm »
Accommodation already booked in Oban - getting ready with finger on keyboard on Jan 1st
Looking forward to the ride, scenery is going to be stunning.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #56 on: December 29, 2017, 08:46:27 pm »
What accommodation have you booked in Oban?

I'm mulling it over and considering carrying a bivvy bag for the flexibility of being able to stop when and where I need to, although the idea of a proper bed is quite appealing too.

I've got accommodation booked in Edinburgh for the Sunday night, at least.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #57 on: December 29, 2017, 09:21:07 pm »
15+ entries will cover the cost of van hire for abag drop....c £200 for a Thu-Mon transit van. 

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #58 on: December 31, 2017, 04:51:20 pm »
OK ... so ... I've never attempted anything of this length before. I've done a fair few shorter rides, and a handful of 300-odd rides. I'm used to riding in the "challenging" conditions of the Outer Hebrides, so the weather doesn't really scare me. Just wondering if I'd be daft signing up for something like this, or is it just the new year gin talking that's saying go for it, it'll be fun ... ?
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #59 on: December 31, 2017, 06:44:24 pm »
Booked into Corran House Guest House & Hostel

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #60 on: December 31, 2017, 10:40:09 pm »
15+ entries will cover the cost of van hire for abag drop....c £200 for a Thu-Mon transit van.
You’ll be able to do it in a Lambo I reckon  ;D

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #61 on: December 31, 2017, 10:51:54 pm »
I would have gone to bed 2 hours ago, but..................

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #62 on: January 01, 2018, 12:48:28 am »
Still sober enough to have just booked a place - Happy New Year

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #63 on: January 01, 2018, 02:11:52 am »
Still sober enough to have just booked a place - Happy New Year
Me too ... booked. Not sober.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #64 on: January 01, 2018, 07:37:31 am »
I'm in.

But gallus talk on the Internet with a bellyfull of boozahol is one thing...

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #65 on: January 01, 2018, 05:55:29 pm »
I'm in.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #66 on: January 01, 2018, 08:38:11 pm »
I'm in.  Enjoyed the Mille Alba.  Now will start search for accommodation, probably in the Ballachulish area.

Accommodation now booked at Glencoe Youth Hostel.  Probably a bit further than ideal for the first day but should keep me focused through the first night.
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #67 on: January 02, 2018, 12:11:18 pm »
Booked and looking forward to this. Also book a bed/shower in Oban 1/2 Jun. Does anyone know where to stay Sunday night into Monday as I have a train at 7am Monday back. 

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #68 on: January 02, 2018, 02:11:51 pm »
I was planning on stopping in Oban on the Friday and Saturday nights.

 Oban backpackers or the Youth Hostel in Oban have already been recommended.

What are the best options? are they ok with someone arriving late with a bike?

Thanks Rich...

 

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #69 on: January 02, 2018, 02:52:07 pm »
[Oban] SYHA: I think a few of us [on the 'late' start] arrived crazy late on the 2014 event. They were cool about it, and it's a nice hostel.

Has a decent members kitchen, so you can heat stuff up etc and dine at a proper table. Instead of taking food to a shared dorm to eat  :facepalm:



Accommodation now booked at Glencoe Youth Hostel.  Probably a bit further than ideal for the first day but should keep me focused through the first night.
It's a gorgeous location! Might be a bit spooky if you arrive in the dark, but fun nontheless.
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #70 on: January 02, 2018, 03:22:01 pm »
SYHA: I think a few of us [on the 'late' start] arrived crazy late on the 2014 event. They were cool about it, and it's a nice hostel.

Has a decent members kitchen, so you can heat stuff up etc and dine at a proper table. Instead of taking food to a shared dorm to eat  :facepalm:

Oban SYHA is staffed and open 24 hours. You can phone to l;et them know you'll be late, and they are cool with this. They also have a secure cycle shed at the rear of the rear courtyard.

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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #71 on: January 02, 2018, 06:33:22 pm »
Am in Crianlarich SYHA for the Saturday night.  Will probably book a Sunday night sleeper train back to London when the tickets become available.  And, if I'm organised a cross-country service Basingstoke - Edinburgh on the way up on Thursday morning, so I can get plenty of doze in the bank beforehand.
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Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #72 on: January 02, 2018, 08:45:39 pm »
I'm in :thumbsup:.  Maybe just Bivi, or maybe a couple of nights in Oban.
37.9 miles from Marsh Gibbon

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #73 on: January 02, 2018, 11:57:15 pm »
Reasonably good prices on Premier Inns around Edinburgh for Sunday night at the moment; £36 in the centre or £31.50 on the West side.

Re: West Highland 1000km. Thu 31 May 2018
« Reply #74 on: January 06, 2018, 03:08:00 pm »
What SPF suncream is everyone thinking?