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FEATURE I THREE PISTES CYCLE SPORTIVE


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The UK’s We discover more about Scotland’s answer to La Marmotte.


he Three Pistes Cycle Sportive is the UK’s highest cycle sportive. Last year almost 700 riders took part, they sang our praises and already over 1000 have signed up for 2015. Scotland’s answer to La Marmotte takes you through some of the UK’s most remote countryside, past three ski centres, ascending eight categorised climbs, including the two highest road passes in the UK, finishing by climbing the 4th highest road to Cairngorm Ski Centre at the heart of the UK’s only Arctic plateau. There are 4 ramps of 20%, lots of brilliant descents, well stocked feed stations with proper grub and a massive party atmosphere.


After all of that… jump on one of our buses taking you back to the start in Pitlochry.


The first 40km of rolling terrain will warm your legs up nicely towards the Spittal of Glenshee and the start of our first monster climb up Cairnwell to Glenshee Ski centre. After Glenshee feedstop you enjoy a 30km long fast drop into Braemar and Royal Deeside where we leave the A93 and hit three brutal rises in quick succession. Gairnshiel Brig brings a smile to your face as you leave Deeside and join the most wintery road in the UK… Sally Traffic’s notorious A939. The climb from Gairnshiel over to Donside has the fastest section of the course with a wide steep descent


to Cock Bridge and the start of the toughest 20% climb to our second ski centre of the day, The Lecht.


After The Lecht we continue through rolling countryside past Tomintoul towards Speyside, where the legs get 50km of well deserved flat(ish) roads as we make our way towards Nethy Bridge feedstop and the final climb of the day from Loch Morlich to CairnGorm Ski Centre. In its own right the final climb is not the toughest of the day, however it is still the 4th highest road in the country and with 97 miles already in your legs it will feel like trying to climb Alpe D’huez after first doing the Galibier and Glandon. You ride, we deliver.


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