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West Highland Way Cycle Challenge
Travel the stunning West Highland Way by bike! Starting on the shores of Loch Lomond you will cross some of the Scotland's most beautiful countryside before rolling into Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis.
Our trip begins as we leave Loch Lomond behind us and start to travel north along the West Highland Way. We will ride through the stunning scenery of the Highlands through beautiful valleys and over passes with awsome views. We pass by Loch Tulla, and cycle under Meall a Bhuiridh and its ski centre. From here we continue on our journey towards our final destination at Fort William and Britains highest mountain Ben Nevis.
Our route takes us along a proper trail the majority following an old railway line. This trip doesn't favour road cyclists or mountain bikers and can be completed by experienced riders as well as the recreational cyclist with some training and determination!
Please note Itineraries are approximate.
Arrive at the accommodation in Loch Lomond in the evening for briefing and dinner
Our first ride heads out across the Highlands along the shores of Loch Lomond before reaching our accomodation at Crianlarich.
Today we cover some truly beautiful and wild country as we head further north, but it may well be the hardest day with some good leg burning climbs. We skirt the end of Loch Tulla before coming round the side of Meall a Bhuiridh, on a truly memorable wild and historic drovers road across the edge of Rannoch Moor and the ski centre before reaching your accommodation at Kings House - this is a truly amazing location halfway between Glencoe and Rannoch Moor - with breathtaking views all around - if you have enough energy to soak them in!
Heading off on the last part of the West Highland Way, we climb up over the Devil's Staircase - possibly the hardest and certainly the highest point on the ride (550m) before passing through Kinlochleven and then a beautiful wandering off road trail, arriving at our final destination at the foot of Ben Nevis in Fort William.
Departure following breakfast,
We’ll be staying in comfortable bunkhouse/B&B style accommodation, with bedding provided. We’ll provide breakfast, but you need to bring towel, and wash kit. We are governed mainly by what we have available. You should note that this trip is about the riding - and whilst we will try to offer comfortable accommodation - it depends on what we can find in the locations at the end of each day's ride.
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Qualified mountain bike leader, outdoor first aider. Comfortable Bunkhouse/B&B style accomodation. Buffet style breakfasts. Vehicle with driver support and mechanical backup.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches and dinners. Transport to and from the event.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..
This event will take place in the middle of summer hence warm weather is the most likely scenario, however we will be crossing the Highlands of Scotland where we may encounter any sort of weather, therefore appropriate clothing as set out in the equipment list is essential.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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