Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

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Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:50 am

Anyone else planning on playing out?

Sept. 16th 10am start.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby whitestone » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:52 am

Definitely thinking of it but haven't contacted Steve yet.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:19 pm

Do it.

It's a nice route!
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby giryan » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:09 pm

Ohh, that sounds ace.
I would love another trip :)


Although, having read the page, maybe I'm best off doing it about the same time, rather than doing the group start, I've no idea if I could do it in the 56hours :)
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:03 pm

giryan wrote:I've no idea if I could do it in the 56hours :)


A lot of it is surprisingly fast. IIRC I did the whole of the outer loop SS with two "proper" stops (1hr) and another short stop (30mins) in about 18hrs. It did snow quite a bit though. Hence I didn't do the inner loop.

It really is quite beautiful

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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby AlasdairMc » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:53 pm

giryan wrote:Ohh, that sounds ace.
I would love another trip :)


Although, having read the page, maybe I'm best off doing it about the same time, rather than doing the group start, I've no idea if I could do it in the 56hours :)


It’s probably not going to be a busy event, so you could start and see how you get on. 56hrs is a good length of time to get it done, it’s three 12 hour days plus two 10 hour stops, and as Greg says some of it is really fast going.

The first fifty miles does not feel anywhere close to fifty miles, and if you can do that and then get as far as Glen Derry on the first day you’ll finish within 3 days. Second day get to maybe Braemar, then the last day to the finish.

It’s a damn good route, I really love it.

Edit: I’m not doing it as I rode it in May, and I have a flight to catch the next day to hopefully warmer climes...
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:04 pm

Agree with Alisdair, it really is a very fast opening first 50miles.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby ZeroDarkBivi » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:16 pm

Why is everything happening in September, after a quiet August? Interested in this, but not sure where I will end up; TNR, Portugal, maybe even Central Belter... but probably TNR - such fun last year.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby whitestone » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:48 pm

I presume that August is taken up with school hols for those with kids.

Is the CL moving permanently to an autumn group start?
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:04 am

ZDB - August is eaten for most people by holidays with kids, and family commitments as others have said. Why not just ITT something if you're gagging for a ride? :wink:

whitestone wrote:
Is the CL moving permanently to an autumn group start?


You'd need to ask Steve that.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby AlasdairMc » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:27 am

whitestone wrote:I presume that August is taken up with school hols for those with kids.

Is the CL moving permanently to an autumn group start?


September is certainly safer from a weather perspective, as it was pretty grim crossing the Lairig an Laoigh and Glen Feshie this year, but has the benefit of better light.

I think the best conditions I’ve had have been in early July.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby ianfitz » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:04 pm

I'm in. Email sent a few weeks back

Steve was unsure about the move to September being permanent, may keep both...
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby ZeroDarkBivi » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:30 pm

Booked into a BC MTBL course at Glenmore Lodge in mid-August, so might have a crack at the loop then, if the weather isn't too grim.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby giryan » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:11 pm

I'm in! :D

Well, I just sent the email at least. :)

Now to verify my current kit level, and to make a frame bag I think.
The lack of it when I was doing the Pennine bridleway meant I had lots of weight on my forks.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:16 pm

giryan wrote:I'm in! :D

Well, I just sent the email at least. :)

Now to verify my current kit level, and to make a frame bag I think.
The lack of it when I was doing the Pennine bridleway meant I had lots of weight on my forks.


Nice one :)

You'll probably not regret it.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby ZeroDarkBivi » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:48 pm

For those of you who have ridden this before, what bike would you choose between;

A Salsa Spearfish

A Rigid 27+

Both have gears, I am not crazy...or strong!
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby Justchris » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:02 pm

ZeroDarkBivi wrote:For those of you who have ridden this before, what bike would you choose between;

A Salsa Spearfish

A Rigid 27+

Both have gears, I am not crazy...or strong!


Take the 27+ if the water levels are high, the plus tyres will float and you can use it like a raft!
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:25 am

Spearfish with faster tyres if it is dry.

We can highfive and be bike bros if you do.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby Bearbonesnorm » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:35 am

We can highfive and be bike bros if you do.

Careful, it could end badly.

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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby Zippy » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:19 pm

ZeroDarkBivi wrote:For those of you who have ridden this before, what bike would you choose between;

A Salsa Spearfish

A Rigid 27+

Both have gears, I am not crazy...or strong!


Having done it last weekend on a rigid 26er - I'm so over rigid bikes. Take the susser.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby htrider » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:42 pm

Zippy wrote:
ZeroDarkBivi wrote:For those of you who have ridden this before, what bike would you choose between;

A Salsa Spearfish

A Rigid 27+

Both have gears, I am not crazy...or strong!


Having done it last weekend on a rigid 26er - I'm so over rigid bikes. Take the susser.


Not a lot too choose having done it all on both (but not in one go - my only completion was on a fat bike....)
The bouncer will be a hoot on the descent into Glen derry and into Glen tilt but a lot of the route is on easy going so the + will be fine too
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby ianfitz » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:55 pm

GregMay wrote:Spearfish with faster tyres if it is dry.

We can highfive and be bike bros if you do.


That will be exactly what I'm riding. Although I think will have ten or eleven more gears than you :geek:
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby GregMay » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:09 am

Yes the SS Spearfish is proving to be a very fun bike :)
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby Mbnut » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:49 pm

I am hopeful about getting up for the September start.

I have the rigid, which I love and have been amazed at what it can do but I have a 29er 130mm full suss that I am thinking of making a rougher terrain bike packing bicycle.

Just getting there is challenge number one though, the ride i'll enjoy whatever.

The idea of some comfort does appeal though.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop - Sept Start

Postby Zippy » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:01 pm

Mbnut wrote:Just getting there is challenge number one though


Get in car/vehicle (make it a comfortable one) - drive. I did it Friday after work and it took my about 8 hours to do 480 miles including some crap traffic. The trick is to not stop :-bd (well I had to once for fuel, as my tank range is only 300 miles, but save time by combining it with a toilet stop). Bring plenty of water and food for the journey - job jobbed.
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