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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​
Our mission is to rewild >100 hectares of land for our adventurous ancestors to enjoy​​

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  1. The Racing Collective planned a bike ride.

    August 3, 2021

    151:08
    1,224 mi
    8.1 mph
    87,825 ft
    87,950 ft
    Mount_Magdalena, Tomarnold27 and 27 others like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      This is the full, official route for the GB Divide, the route taken on by riders in the annual GBDURO event. Check out the route in more detail here with our route Collection: komoot.com/collection/1271169/gbduro-great-britain-end-to-end-off-road-on-the-gb-divide

      • August 3, 2021

  2. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    07:52
    71.5 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,750 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 2 others like this.
    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

  3. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    07:35
    65.1 mi
    8.6 mph
    3,300 ft
    2,875 ft
    diegone, ROKA and Daniel like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      It’s the penultimate stage today - phew! 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

  4. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    07:18
    46.4 mi
    6.3 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,600 ft
    diegone, ROKA and Daniel like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      You head to the relative luxury of Oykel Bridge on this stage, starting with a resupply point at Contin Stores.

      You start from 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

  5. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    07:58
    53.1 mi
    6.7 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,500 ft
    diegone, ROKA and Daniel like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      After a luxurious night’s stay in the town of Fort Augustus, there's another long day coming up, with three major climbs on the menu for this stage.

      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, or rather where the Hydro Bothy used to be. It’s all on gravel roads which change from flat to very steep in places, but the final approach to the bothy is flat.

      Then you'll simply need to descend over the other side from the Orrin Dam down to Marybank, and on to the village of Contin to finish the stage.

      • March 24, 2020

  6. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

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    1. The Racing Collective

      The 16th stage of the GB Divide is a challenging one, with 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

  7. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    08:27
    69.4 mi
    8.2 mph
    4,575 ft
    3,900 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 3 others like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      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.

      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

  8. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    06:20
    56.6 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,525 ft
    3,150 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 2 others like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      Stage 14 takes you around the edge of Edinburgh to Stirling. The section starts with a road leg through Biggar and then onto smaller lanes past Auchengray before crossing on forestry gravel roads into West Lothian.

      Cross the main road and climb Leven Seat on the gravel tracks. From here, you’ll be gently descending for the majority of the day!

      You start with a sharp descent into Fauldhouse and continue on the road past Harthill and Blackridge. Ride north on Lanes past Loch Ellrig andonto easter Strip trail on the outskirts of Falkirk that leads to Lionthorn Woodlands.

      From here, you join the long-distance John Muir Way until the impressive Falkirk Wheel, before heading north through Larbert and onto National Cycle Route 76, where you explore small lanes through Cowie and into the heart of Stirling.

      You won’t be short of a place to stay the night here and it is a good place to refuel on some haggis, neeps and tatties!

      • March 24, 2020

  9. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    07:06
    49.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    4,575 ft
    4,450 ft
    diegone, ROKA and 4 others like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      The first complete leg of the GB Divide in Scotland is a ride north west from Burnfoot to Broughton, passing over the forest from Teviotdale towards St Mary’s Loch.

      After a fast road section, start the gravel climb and cut through onto the Captain’s Way, following the wide gravel roads as you climb back towards the road.

      Enjoy the road descent down to near Ettrick, following the water north east onto the Border Loop Cycle Way along the road.

      Drop down toward the stunning St Mary’s Loch before heading north along Douglas Burn, a doubletrack gravel road rising into a steep climb near the summit of Dun Rig. Sail down the other side to then climb Hunt Hill and then over onto the road of the Tweed Cycleway and down the quiet Dreva Road to be delivered into Broughton at the end of the 13th stage.

      • March 24, 2020

  10. The Racing Collective planned a gravel ride.

    March 24, 2020

    08:36
    62.6 mi
    7.3 mph
    4,225 ft
    4,550 ft
    ROKA, Daniel and Andrew like this.
    1. The Racing Collective

      The last stage of the GB Divide in the north of England, this leg takes you past the border of Scotland via the stunning and remote Kielder Forest Park, home to the Dirty Reiver gravel race. Enjoy some prime northumberland forestry gravel along the way.

      You start by following National Cycle Route 68 to Slaggyford and past Lambley Viaduct, where there’s some steps to navigate before crossing the south Tyne. The Pennine Cycleway then takes you into Haltwhistle, the centre of Britain!

      Continue to follow lanes on the Pennine Cycleway north, past Hadrian’s Wall and to the edge of Kielder Forest Park. Continue along the 68 on the wide and undulating gravel roads of the forest, leading north to the shores of Kielder Water where you join the National Byway. Take a short diversion to the Boat Inn and shop here if you need to resupply or fancy some refreshments.

      Follow the Reivers Cycle Route along Bloody Bush Road heading west now away from the Water, to the edge of the Forest Park where you’ll cross into Scottish territory, climbing over Larriston Fells.

      There’s a sharp descent to the road before crossing Wauchope Forest, passing the ruins of Hermitage Castle to reach the end of the stage in Burnfoot. In Scotland, you can wild camp legally thanks to the Right To Roam act (see more at scotways.com/faq/law-on-statutory-access-rights), which comes in very handy for the latter stages of the GB Divide.

      From here, you can either carry on with the Scottish stages to John O’Groats, or head to Lockerbie train station, a 25 mile (41 km) road ride away.

      • March 24, 2020

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