Who has? Who will? Take on epic new cycle sportive?
If you’ve ridden a few Scottish cycle sportives and you’re looking for the next big challenge, the 3 Pistes could be just the thing. The brainchild of whisky comedian and fellow Glasgow Triathlon Club member Alan Anderson, the new cycling challenge launches in Scotland next June and promises cyclists a ride like no other.
The 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive is billed as the UK’s highest cycle event. The route is 102 miles from Pitlochry in Perthshire to the outdoors Highlands town of Aviemore. It includes 2,000m of climbing over three of the UK’s four highest roads. The “3 Pistes” refers to the three ski resorts that cyclists will pass, Glenshee, The Lecht and CairnGorm, where the finish line will be.
This will be a tough sportive that will require some training but it will also be utterly beautiful. The route heads through some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.
Alan says: “There will be hills and mountains and plenty of challenges, but there will also be some fantastic downhill sections and lots of flat roads as well.”
The sportive is also an A to B ride. Riders can take advantage of buses and vans to get to or back from the start/finish.
Entries opened for the June 1 event on December 1. There is the option of bus transport from Aviemore to Pitlochry for the start of the event or at the end. All cyclists who finish the 102 miles before 4pm can enjoy a free ride on the funicular at CairnGorm to reach the UK’s highest restaurant.
See 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive for early bird discounts now.