Beallach Mor this weekend

by joc   August 28, 2014  

anyone partaking?
http://www.handsonevents.co.uk/?page_id=343
bit of climbing involved Cool

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Good luck - looks like a brilliant route. I've driven over the Bealach-Na-Ba a few times and it's a cracking road. Cycling up it will be a challenge and a half!

Is it a closed route? I wouldn't like to meet any caravans on that road.

posted by bamilton wackad... [50 posts]
28th August 2014 - 9:55

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It's not a closed route but the main climb is I think. You have to be up it and over it by a certain time

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posted by joc [75 posts]
28th August 2014 - 12:17

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Anyone found any pictures of the event yet? First sportive after a couple of years off the bike, had a great time, surprised how good my Salsa Vaya felt with a simple change to 25c tyres!

Also, bit late for a rant but I've only just got round to logging in, who were the eejits treating the event like a full on road race?

Riding 5 abreast on a singletrack road and venting their fury at the oncoming motorists who dared beep at them, yelling at the poor guy who veered round a pothole, shouting instructions at other people in the group as if they were somehow obliged to fall in line, etc. etc.

Relax guys, it's a sportive...

posted by IanEdward [6 posts]
9th September 2014 - 9:25

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IanEdward wrote:

Also, bit late for a rant but I've only just got round to logging in, who were the eejits treating the event like a full on road race?

Riding 5 abreast on a singletrack road and venting their fury at the oncoming motorists who dared beep at them, yelling at the poor guy who veered round a pothole, shouting instructions at other people in the group as if they were somehow obliged to fall in line, etc. etc.

Relax guys, it's a sportive...

I was up in that area a couple of weeks ago and rode over Bealach Na Ba and around Applecross - I can imagine it would be a nightmare on those single-track roads with very little passing space. Hope you enjoyed it - we had some lovely weather and it is a glorious part of the world.

But if you've been off the bike for a while and plan on doing more sportives then get used to it.

Even 10 years ago when I did audax people would say: Audax is for people who think they aren't racing, but really are, while Sportives are for people who think they're racing, but really aren't.

I hardly do them any more - if I want something competitive I go in races. Otherwise I just do rides with friends, club or by myself.

The only event I take part in is the annual ride run by my UK club. Technically a sportive but it doesn't seem to attract the same crowd, maybe because it's not organised by an events company or promoter.

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posted by abudhabiChris [540 posts]
10th September 2014 - 9:14

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