Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by JoseMcTavish » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:38 am

Yup, in September 2017 I finished 3rd and also last out of about 20 starters!

Here's Bob casually strolling across the Fords of Avon on the Saturday afternoon.

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by u02sgb » Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:09 am

Didn't hurt wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:05 pm
I got blown off a couple of times, at one point to screamed expletives into the wind, didn't do much but made me feel a little better.

Lots of good memories.

Thanks again.

Ian Martin
Think I just ducked out of the gust to put my fleece on at that point! Pretty sure I could've been more sympathetic but I just had my "get finished" head on by that point.

Does this mean the worst bits have been relegated to type 2 fun now Ian?

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by ColinC » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:02 pm

Great to read all of the reports - some epic rides. I had a great ride too, and was I think the last bike to make it around - wee write up here:

https://challengescotland.wordpress.com ... oup-start/

Cheers

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by whitestone » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:48 pm

Now there's a name I've not heard or seen in a while - Graeme Livingstone, climbed a bit with him in the 1980s.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by stevewaters » Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:37 am

A couple of pics from the event. - First is Stu - just after crossing the Fords of Avon:
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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by stevewaters » Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:38 am

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And this is Ian looking pensive on the magnificent singletrack in Abernethy Forest on Sunday morning:

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by htrider » Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:43 am

ColinC wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:02 pm
Great to read all of the reports - some epic rides. I had a great ride too, and was I think the last bike to make it around - wee write up here:

https://challengescotland.wordpress.com ... oup-start/

Cheers

Colin
:-bd
Good effort and glad another SS rider made it. I was jealous of your 30/22 on a quite a few occasions!
I totally missed the machinery parked up on the Bynack Mor climb, too busy staring at the ground I guess....

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by ScotRoutes » Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:41 pm

The diggers are taking part in a Peatland Restoration project on nearby An Lurg. Digging some trenches, creating small dams of boulders. The boulders are flown in from the Ciste Car Park. I had the helicopter fly directly over my bivvy spot last week.

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by Escape Goat » Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:50 am

JoseMcTavish wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:38 am
Yup, in September 2017 I finished 3rd and also last out of about 20 starters!

Here's Bob casually strolling across the Fords of Avon on the Saturday afternoon.

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That is one hell of a picture. It looks like it was quite strong...
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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by Piemonster » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:00 am

Anyone got splits they wouldn’t mind sharing?

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by sean_iow » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:19 am

Piemonster wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:00 am
Anyone got splits they wouldn’t mind sharing?
https://www.strava.com/activities/4084256314

Here's my strava, are you able to work them out from this? I'd offer to list the times I reached the key points but other than the garage at Aviemore I don't know what the key points are? :lol:

Edit, having looked on my strava my splits were

Feshiebridge 4hr
Glenmore 5hr 15min
Fords of Avon 7hr 30min
Aviemore 14hr 45min
Tomintoul 19hr 30min
Braemar 23hr
Fealar Lodge 27hr
Finish 30hr 30min
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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by ScotRoutes » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:48 am

Shaun - I have some gpx tracks that folk submitted. They have timestamps. Want me to bundle them up and email to you?

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by Piemonster » Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:49 am

Cheers Sean, appreciate that

And yes Colin, that would also be appreciated

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by htrider » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:45 pm

Errr...
Start to Glenmore - 2 1/2 hrs
Glenmore to Linn of Dee - 3hrs
Linn of Dee to Achlean road end - 5 3/4hrs (inc about 45 mins eating tea)
Achlean road end to Forest lodge bivvy - 2 1/2 hrs inc 30 mins eating tea part 2
Forest Lodge bivvy to TToul - 2 hrs
Ttoul to Braemar - 3hrs
Braemar to Blair Atholl - 5 1/2 hrs :shock:

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by Piemonster » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:15 am

I may be moving a tiny weeny bit slower than that :grin:

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by sean_iow » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:25 am

htrider wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:45 pm
Errr...
Start to Glenmore - 2 1/2 hrs
Not that I'm doubting the extra speed of a singlespeed.... but Glenmore is 50 miles in :o What ratio for a 20 mph average speed? :wink:
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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:30 am

Phils timings add up to 24 hours...

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by htrider » Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:00 am

sean_iow wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:25 am
htrider wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:45 pm
Errr...
Start to Glenmore - 2 1/2 hrs
Not that I'm doubting the extra speed of a singlespeed.... but Glenmore is 50 miles in :o What ratio for a 20 mph average speed? :wink:
Whoops - 4 1/2 hrs of course...... :lol:
Also note I was stopped for 6 hrs in bivvy which roughly adds up to 31 1/2 hrs or thereby

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by sean_iow » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:13 am

htrider wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:00 am
Whoops - 4 1/2 hrs of course...... :lol:
Also note I was stopped for 6 hrs in bivvy which roughly adds up to 31 1/2 hrs or thereby
It does show how much faster than me you were riding :-bd I finished an hour ahead of you but you had a 6 hour bivi, without that you'd have been round in 25 1/2 hours.

Like I said to Colin on the day, I don't ride through because I'm fast, I ride through because I'm slow.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by ColinC » Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:51 am

Timings from my ~40hour ride here https://challengescotland.files.wordpre ... timing.pdf

FWIW Strava's flyby feature shows where everyone (on strava) was at any moment in time during the group ride

my track https://www.strava.com/activities/40584 ... b5592c744b

Just realised that I recently registered username ColinC on here without anticipating potential confusion of there being two ColinCs ...

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by htrider » Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:49 pm

sean_iow wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:13 am
htrider wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:00 am
Whoops - 4 1/2 hrs of course...... :lol:
Also note I was stopped for 6 hrs in bivvy which roughly adds up to 31 1/2 hrs or thereby
It does show how much faster than me you were riding :-bd I finished an hour ahead of you but you had a 6 hour bivi, without that you'd have been round in 25 1/2 hours.

Like I said to Colin on the day, I don't ride through because I'm fast, I ride through because I'm slow.
But if I hadn't stopped I'd have likely slowed down a lot and probably collapsed in a heap at some point.....

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Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Post by Piemonster » Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:06 pm

Colin not Colin

Superb, thank you.

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