We’ve spent the day putting out this weekends Sportive route and, as usual for Scotland, it’s a stunner! Personally I put the Medium loop out and it’s one of my favourite road rides on our series. From Aberfoyle you head up a dead end road for 10miles, passing 4 Lochs, until you reach a T-junction, a right here and it’s half a mile to Loch Katrine. The next 15miles are on a private road owned by Scottish Water on which the general public are not allowed to drive, so you will see little or no cars for quite some time. ( There are still cars accessing houses but I saw one and a post van) This allows you to appreciate the stunning views as you hug the shores and stop at the information points for a breather. After leaving Loch Katrine it’s a right turn and over the Dukes Pass for the second time on the route. This is a sustained climb but nothing serious and the reward is a fast, winding descent back into Aberfoyle before heading back for Callendar.
We’re putting the MTB route out tomorrow but I did this a couple of months ago so can tell you about it. Starting from Callendar we head towards Loch Venachar for a short road section/warm up before climbing on fire tracks to a small Loch. Here we head out on the Rob Roy Way on a single track trail with the Mentieth Hills looming over us on the right. Entering the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park a fast down hill brings us to Braeval and onto the Aberfoyle before heading up and over to Loch Venachar. Here is the split for the Long route at a drinkstation. Up through Brig o’Turk and past the Finglass Reservoir and then the big climb of the day, 400 ft in half a mile. I managed 99% of this back in Feb but just got defeated for the last 50mtrs. You then climb at a lesser gradient to the high point of the ride at an altitude of 1900ft before plummeting back to earth and the drink station. If the weather closes in too much we will either close this loop or convert it to an “out and back” but we’ll decide on the day ( It’s pre-ridden so Keith will make the decision and mark it accordingly if he thinks it’s not suitable to ride)