Ronde North Coast 500

Ronde North Coast 500

I’ve done a few sportives and had some great rides … and some wet, windy and freezing rides too; Carl and Sam and all those who did the Tour of the Borders a few years back can vouch for that. For a while I’ve been looking for a different challenge. The Highland tourist board had been promoting the “North Coast 500” and it sounded tempting - although you’d have to be mad to do it all in one go! 

End to end

End to end

RAB divides the 969-miles journey into 9 consecutive days, which averages at over 105 miles that need to be covered each day. Throughout the journey there are 15,000 ft of climbing to do, which is 13 times the Alp d’Heuz, and just shy of climbing Everest twice!

Night Rider

Night Rider

On Saturday June 20th, a group of 11 riders set off from Edinburgh Waverley (with a Burger King to fill the stomach) in the glorious evening sunshine to get the train down to Carlisle with our bikes travelling down separately in the trusty hands of ‘a man with a van’. After reuniting with our bikes at Carlisle station and enduring a conversation along the lines of ‘Where are you cycling to?’ ‘Edinburgh.’ ‘But we’ve just come from there…’

Rough Tracks

Rough Tracks

When most people go mountain biking it is usually to ride up hills slowly chatting to your mates, then ride down as fast as you can over rough tracks. In the last few years this has spawned a new competition style where you ride up hills with your mates and then ride a downhill section that is timed.

Easter Sunshine

Easter Sunshine

On Easter Monday, a group of Ronde riders were planning on heading out under the capable hands (and legs) of Alasdair. Some of us met at Ronde, the rest joining at the Morningside Clock on the way out of town. All in all, 6 of us set off on a crisp but sunny April morning.

Eyeballs Oot

Eyeballs Oot

A criterium or crit is a short-course race, lots of laps of a short, technical circuit. You spend a fast and furious 40 minutes or so taking corners a bit faster than you thought you ever could, then sprinting back up to full speed on any straightish bits. For extra fun at Stirling you get to sprint over some speed bumps.