GT24 - a bit of a tough one

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GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby AlasdairMc » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:12 pm

It's taken me six weeks to write up my account of the GT24, but I hope someone out there enjoys it. For those not in the know, it's a ride from the shores of the Clyde in Glasgow to the Kessock in Inverness, via the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way. It's tough, so hopefully it appeals to some of those folk faster than me who want to attempt it.

https://alasdairmc.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/the-gt24-a-bit-of-a-tough-one/
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby Alpinum » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:56 am

:-bd
Makes me want to go on a 24 h, or 31 h ride too. Inspiring.
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby PeterC » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:14 am

Excellent write up and effort :-bd
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby Bearbonesnorm » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:14 am

:-bd Well done :-bd
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby ScotRoutes » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:25 am

Great write-up.

I saw the two of you trundling into Drum and you didn't look very happy.

I'd love to re-read the write-up of your first WHW ride and compare it.

FWIW the Abriachan eco-cafe really requires a bit of a visit. It's just so ...... unique. You definitely want to get the lady of the house though.

The vegetation on the paths surrounding it was cut back about a month ago. I'm not sure what's being going on - some dispute between the owners and the GGW folk.
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby AlasdairMc » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:53 am

ScotRoutes wrote:Great write-up.

I saw the two of you trundling into Drum and you didn't look very happy.

I'd love to re-read the write-up of your first WHW ride and compare it.

FWIW the Abriachan eco-cafe really requires a bit of a visit. It's just so ...... unique. You definitely want to get the lady of the house though.

The vegetation on the paths surrounding it was cut back about a month ago. I'm not sure what's being going on - some dispute between the owners and the GGW folk.


Thanks Colin. It’s amazing what five years of experience does for your capability and fitness.

This is my write up of the WHW in 23hrs, minus Conic Hill: https://2012lejog.wordpress.com/2012/05 ... -in-a-day/

By Drum we were both pretty knackered, Tam causing a minor obstruction lying in the doorway of the Co-op like a tramp with a bike.
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby htrider » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:24 pm

Good effort Alasdair - strangely that wants to make me have a go..... :???:
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby AlasdairMc » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:15 am

htrider wrote:Good effort Alasdair - strangely that wants to make me have a go..... :???:


My work here is done...
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby Richpips » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:00 am

Excellent write up, another for the list. :)
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby Mariner » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:15 pm

Enjoyed that.
On a technical note does your SPOT mount where shown permanently or was that just for transport?
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby AlasdairMc » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:07 pm

Mariner wrote:Enjoyed that.
On a technical note does your SPOT mount where shown permanently or was that just for transport?


Thanks. The Spot uses a Backcountry Research strap looped to the existing Spot Velcro strap. It went there for the duration of the ride as I had a bum bag so nowhere to put it, but I normally mount it on a shoulder strap so it’s with me in case I lose the bike
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby ZeroDarkBivi » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:23 pm

Looks like a tough ride; enjoyed the honest appraisal of the trail - never fancied riding the sub standard part of the WHW, but maybe I should get over that...

I guess this event is deliberately 'under the radar' to discourage participation from those not sufficiently determined; is it by invitation only?
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Re: GT24 - a bit of a tough one

Postby AlasdairMc » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:10 pm

It’s not invite only as such - there’s a GT24 Facebook group and Gary vets people joining that, but once you’re on that it’s game on.

You should definitely give it a go - you’re one of the faster types I alluded to in my first post :-)
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