Cairngorms loop sept?

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by boxelder » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:43 pm

Bailing from my May attempt I crossed the river by the posh Feshie bothy and went over to Tromie, where there's a new road being put in (past Lochan an t-Sluic) - there was one of those tracked vehicles up on the top.

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:02 pm

Probably the same one. All of that land is part of the Cairngorms Connect project - a 200 year masterplan to re-wild a huge chunk of the CNPA. The BV is currently being used to transport saplings to where they need to be planted,

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by Karl » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:20 am

For tomorrow here's my spotwalla page. Starting at 5am (ish).

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id ... howAll=yes

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by ScotRoutes » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:25 am

Weather is looking ideal.
Have a good ride.

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by sean_iow » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:40 am

Karl wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:20 am
For tomorrow here's my spotwalla page. Starting at 5am (ish).
Don't think I'll set my alarm especially to see you start at that time :lol:

Have a good one :smile:
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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by JayTwizzle » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:58 pm

Think I’ll set off around 6 tomorrow. Here’s a link to my SPOT (hopefully)

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id ... howAll=yes

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by JoseMcTavish » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:30 pm

What do you mean "Hopefully"? You've got a top IT pro working on your tracking team! :ugeek:

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by Karl » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:41 pm

Finished in 29hr 52mins. Don't underestimate that route! Very very tired. Met Ian on route who was doing it more socially (retrospective a great idea). Been following Jon's tracker - looks like he's about 1 hour from the finish.

Here's my setup

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And a close encounter with a cow

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by JoseMcTavish » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:56 pm

:lol:

Great ride Karl, have been watching the two of you over the weekend and you flew round - did you fit in a power nap? I'm willing Jon to the finish, whilst secretly hoping he doesn't do it quicker than me, as I have a feeling I'll never hear the end of it!

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by slarge » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:59 am

Nice one Karl, good ride. Looking forward to the write up.

I'm hoping the poncho didn't need to make an appearance.....

Did you take a backpack? Not much stuff on your bike

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by Karl » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:40 am

Had a 20 min micro sleep (or power nap).

Steve, no poncho this time. All I took is all you see. Continuous improvement they call it in the trade, I call it "how much do you want to suffer?"

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by JayTwizzle » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:55 am

Finished at 1.07 am. That last 30k actually broke me. Stunning ride and not sure I'd get a better weekend. Stark contrast to last weekend. I'd upload some photos but I broke my phone (fell in one of the streams just before the bothy in Glenfeshie :cry: )

Great effort Karl, that's Jimmy hardcore....

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by sean_iow » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:53 am

Karl wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:40 am
Had a 20 min micro sleep (or power nap).
Slacker :wink: Good ride :-bd How's the new bike?
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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:26 am

Karl wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:40 am
Had a 20 min micro sleep (or power nap).

Steve, no poncho this time. All I took is all you see. Continuous improvement they call it in the trade, I call it "how much do you want to suffer?"
Proper hardcore that Karl and Jon. Well done. I'm still working on completing my first ITT just yet so its always good encouragement seeing these rides from you and the others Krazies :-bd
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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by Swayndo » Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:17 am

Well done Karl, well done Jon. Both tremendous efforts.

Thought i had it sussed ... start on a Friday mid afternoon and have Friday night in the Pine Marten, Saturday Night in the Old Bridge Inn and Sunday on a culinary cruise via Tomintoul for breakfast and Braemar for lunch.

Day 1 went according to plan, but with a tough headwind and an after-hours whisky session. Saturday was going so well. Was pacing myself and enjoying the weather. Aimed to get to the OBI for about 19:00 and was at the Feshie watershed when i noticed a wobble from my right pedal.

Stopped to investigate and found the carbon cranks cracked and the alloy pedal insert sticking out. It came out shortly after. Weighed up my options and decided to bail to Blair so as not to put anyone out. 5 hours later I arrived back at the car in the dark and freezing having pushed and one-pedalled down the Tilt.

As someone said "it's not going anywhere" so maybe one last try in a fortnight if I'm allowed.

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by Karl » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:19 pm

sean_iow wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:53 am
Karl wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:40 am
Had a 20 min micro sleep (or power nap).
Slacker :wink: Good ride :-bd How's the new bike?
The bike is a monster. If I had the legs it could climb a wall it's got that much traction! Roll on BB300 :-bd

Jon, I kept checking in on your progress willing you on. Top effort! :-bd

Iain, sorry to hear about the cranks. It was great to meet you on the trail, sorry I wasn't very talkative, I was in race mode (well as close as I get to it :lol: )

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:24 pm

Take 2..

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id ... howAll=yes


Anything past Gaick Lodge is a win :lol:

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by JoseMcTavish » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:00 pm

Good luck - conditions look good again!

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Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:17 am

Some words and photos to follow but got round in 39:54:05.

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