The Racing Collective

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About The Racing Collective

A BIKE CLUB WITH A MISSION TO PROTECT THE NATURAL WORLD
A not-for-profit road and gravel bikepacking club for self-supported racers
​An annual programme of unsupported trials to test mind and body
A desire to go beyond 'Leave No Trace' principles to leave the world in a better state than we found it​
​​​A long-term mission to establish the UK's first crowdfunded National Park

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  1. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    May 11, 2020

    30:40
    236 mi
    7.7 mph
    12,650 ft
    12,700 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 5 others like this.
  2. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    May 11, 2020

    40:13
    302 mi
    7.5 mph
    20,475 ft
    21,550 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 5 others like this.
  3. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    May 11, 2020

    37:22
    289 mi
    7.7 mph
    23,025 ft
    22,675 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 7 others like this.
  4. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    May 11, 2020

    50:45
    392 mi
    7.7 mph
    30,900 ft
    30,275 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 5 others like this.
  5. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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    1. The Racing Collective

      This is it! The final stage of the mighty GB Divide takes you all the way to John O’Groats on a superb 71-mile (115km) ride. Start early to make good time and you’ll be rewarded with a champion’s finish.Start by heading south east to Kinbrace along the road, taking the main road north into Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve, where you turn right onto a dreamy section of gravel heading east to Altnabreac station.Touch on the northern edge of Loch More before continuing east to meet the main road, riding through Watten and finally on the dead straight roads across Caithness to John O’Groats. You’ll find places to have a celebratory meal, as well as a campsite, hotel, and Inn with rooms to stay the night. Don’t forget to get your picture with the sign!

      • March 24, 2020

  6. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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      It’s the penultimate day today - either of your Scottish tour of the whole of Great Britain! You’ll be riding a mighty 65 miles (105km), with the Power Station Climb in the middle, so make sure you leave plenty of time.Start on the road to Rosehall to cross Cassley Bridge, following the road alongside the river to the start of the Power Station Climb. It’s 3.5km (2.1 miles) long, averaging 6.7% and topping out at 12% in places, good luck!Descend sharply on singletrack to cross Loch Shin, then take the road past Loch Merland before turning right onto gravel doubletrack. Climb up and over past Loch an Aslaird, then descend to the road to Altnaharra and past Loch Naver. There’s limited accommodation here, so your best bet is to find a good place to wild camp for the night.

      • March 24, 2020

  7. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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    1. The Racing Collective

      A longer 58-mile (93km) ride is on the cards today, leaving the remote bothy and heading to the relative luxury of Oykel Bridge, with a refuelling stop at Contin Stores in the middle.Start with a descent from the bothy past the Orrin Dam down to Marybank. You then follow roads to Contin where there is a village shop. The Garve-Strathpeffer Track runs on the opposite side of the water to the main road, and you’ll follow this past Loch na Croic, and Loch Garve. Cross the Black Water and road near Garve to run parallel, heading north.Climb steadily on gravel doubletrack up past Strath Viach, then summit near Meall a' Chaorainn. Descend through the river valley to join River Carron heading east, following the road to Croick. Follow the river valley trail north west and continue onto singletrack before joining the road leading down to Oykel Bridge. The hotel here offers several levels of accommodation and great food, or alternatively you can choose to wild camp nearby.

      • March 24, 2020

  8. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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    1. The Racing Collective

      After a luxurious night’s stay in the town of Fort Augustus, today’s overnighter couldn’t be more different; a night in the Hydro Bothy that’s well known to many Highland Trail 550 riders! It’s a shorter 41 miles (67km) today, with three major climbs.Leave the comfort behind as you head north west from Loch Ness over to the A887 in the next valley, climbing over the first peak of the day on doubletrack gravel roads. The next section from Drundreggan to Tomich is the hardest climb of the day with gradients up to 15 per cent. However, the flowing gravel roads and breathtaking views make it all worthwhile. Enjoy the rapid descent to Tomich before a flatter section following the River Glass.Leave the road near Struy for the final two-stepped climb of the day to the Hydro Bothy. It’s all on gravel roads which change from flat to very steep in places, but the final approach to the bothy is flat. Enjoy your remote night!

      • March 24, 2020

  9. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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      The fourth stage is a challenging one, with no less than 59 miles (95km) and the feared Corrieyairack Pass to tackle. However, you have the outdoors lover’s gem of Fort Augustus as your end point today. Book ahead into a youth hostel, guesthouse or hotel to make sure you can be well fed, washed and housed after a mega day in the saddle today.Leave Loch Rannoch heading north west over Rannoch Moor on singletrack, descending gently to ride around the scenic Loch Ossian on wide doubletrack gravel roads. Follow these north past Loch Ghuilbinn through the Corrour Estate to reach Loch Laggan. Here, you will find, the gravel road on the south shore much more picturesque than the main road on the opposite side. Pass by Ardverikie Castle, made famous by ‘Monarch of the Glen’, before following the doubletrack gravel road to Loch Crunachdan.You’ll soon start the famous Corrieyairack Pass, climbing up to 2,526 feet (770 meters), which forms part of a network of military roads built in this area by General Wade in the 18th Century. Up and over the pass, then it’s plain sailing into Fort Augustus - or rather rocky!

      • March 24, 2020

  10. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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      The third stage of your Scotland crossing poses three climbs in total, starting with one gentle introduction before the Ben Lawers Dam climb and then up and over Meall a' Mhuic. In total, you’ll ride 69 miles (111km) today, so make sure you get an early start!Head north west out of Stirling through the Bridge of Allan on roads, following the River Teith through Doune. Join National Cycle Route Seven after you pass through Callander, on cycleways and quiet roads as you pass alongside Loch Lubnaig.Continue along Route Seven as it turns into compacted gravel and follow the main road to Lochearnhead as it starts to gently climb up to Lochan Lairig Cheile, summiting this first and easiest climb of the day shortly after.Leave the cycle route when you reach Killin at the western end of Loch Tay, taking the road along the north shore before turning left on a very small lane to tackle the Ben Lawers Dam climb - good luck! After that steep one, you’ll really enjoy the descent over the other side, and hopefully you’ll have a clear day to make the most of the incredible views from up here, too.
      Not long after the Bridge of Balgie you’ll be climbing up the third and final hill of the day; the steep unpaved doubletrack climb up to Meall a' Mhuic. Enjoy the singletrack descent from the hill to the beautiful Loch Rannoch before heading west along the road on the south shore to find a good place to camp the night. There’s also a guest house at the Bridge of Gaur here if you’d like a roof for the night.

      • March 24, 2020

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