Well done to everyone who made it over to Callander on the weekend for what were a great couple of days of riding.
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For any changes or queries please email Mike using the email address at the top of the times page.
The RideIt! Team
UPDATE FRIDAY 3.20 pm
Today was MTB course setting It wasn’t as wet as yesterday but it wasn’t dry parched ground either……. We have looked at the forecast weather and conditions on the mountains today and decided to run a shorter long route. This comes in at about 34 miles with the optional climb ( See below) and is an out and back route. When you get to the turn around sign, just reverse your route back to the drink station. Please do not ride the previously advertised route – it will be too dangerous and we are not covering it on our ride anymore so you could be stuck up the mountain with no one knowing you are there.
The short stays pretty much the same.
Optional Climb. From the first drink station there is an optional climb to a fantastic viewpoint over Aberfoyle. It’s about a 15-20minute slog but well worth it ( provided the weather is clear enough) and then a great descent back to the drink station – beware of fellow riders coming up the hill!! This adds about 2miles on to the route but both sets of GPX TCX files include this climb, so not doing it will deduct about 2miles from the advertised distances. We might even give some additional High 5 products if you can prove you did the climb – details in the pre-ride briefing.
Last little thing. Towards the start of the off road section you will turn left just after a Loch. The next couple of miles has varying ground conditions…… From rocky technical, to very muddy, to both at the same time. Please ride what you feel happy with, walk the rest, no one cares if you can’t ride it or how fast you got around. It’s not a race. The best line is often through the puddles as the water has washed the mud away at this point. Please do not cause excessive erosion by trying to avoid the mud, get it there and revel in being at one with the countryside
See you tomorrow
We’ve been out in the wind, rain, cold and more wind to day putting out the road routes for you – aren’t we nice As usual I got the long loop, and it’s great! We have emailed everyone a while ago to say that we had to change the planned route and took out the closed road section. Well the good news is that I rode about half of the new route and saw 3 cars, and on about 3/4s of the route I saw about 15 cars – so it’s not a moterway!! There is a small setion of the long, straight after the split, that is on a fairly busy road, but bear with it and you’ll get miles of quiet road as compensation. So, on to the details for the weekend.
PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION. You will not be able to register without it and you’ll have to go back to your car to retrieve it.
There is parking on site but not enough for all of you. Once this is full we have overflow parking in MacLaren High School ( don’t go there first as the gate will be locked) We will put up signs and marshals to direct you there but basically back towards Callander 100mtrs and on the right. Once/if this is full then please find somewhere to park in Callander itself. Do not park in the residential area opposite.
This is in the sports hall, follow signs to registration. There are loos and showers available and they’ll be warm ( well the showers anyway!!)
Due to the current and predicted weather we are still not 100% on the viability of the long loop. It’s very remote and high so we don’t want to take you anywhere dangerous – there is snow on the mountains here and we won’t know until tomorrow if that snow is on our route.
At the very least we will have a 32mile route out which will take you into the mountains and then turn you around and bring you back This will be in place even if we run the full long route)
So, please check back here around 6pm tomorrow to see what we have decided to do.
It’s not a race!
Please give way to other trail users, walkers, horse riders etc. If you come across a Horse, please let the rider know you are there in plenty of time and follow their instructions. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people and you are responsible for you actions and the consequences!! Please close all gates that you open.
The roads are in winter conditions. Please make sure you can repair a puncture or two. We will come to your aid but it might take us a while depending upon where the vans are and where you are, much better to be prepared.
Again – there might be some cold/rainy/snowy weather over the weekend. With this in mind the courses might be changed at any point so please follow any instructions you are given. If we close down a loop, then it’s because it’s dangerous so please don’t ignore us and ride it anyway as there is every possibility that we won’t be able to get to you in the case of an emergency.
Long loop is closed at 1pm as it’s 30miles in – last start time is 9.45am
Distances are approx.
Short -25miles 2600ft climbing
Medium -57miles 4700ft climbing
Long -81miles 6600ft climbing
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, medium,long – 9miles
Medium,long – 26 and 40miles
Long - 26, 44 and 64 miles
This is not a race!!
Please obey the highway code, stop at junctions and only ride two abreast where it is safe to do so – not on main roads or winding country lanes where cars travelling at speed will not be able to see you and stop!!!! If you cause and accident, you are responsible for the consequences and any costs.
Everyone who has pre-entered will have received a pre-event mail that has links to the GPX files and a guide to show you have to view them interactively. If you have not received this by 7pm tonight please check you junk folder, old accounts, your partners email if they booked and make sure you check the address you booked with! These are all common causes for not getting the mail. If you still don’t have them then email me on firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.
See you all there!