Glorious Gravel

Loch Lomond Divide

28th May 2023 | Dunoon to Aberfoyle

Long Route

162km | 2600m

Medium Route

74km | 1450m

Short Route

43km | 950m

Ride Overview

PART OF THE WILD WESTIE GRAVEL WEEKEND. Ride one, two or all three stages on the bank holiday weekend as we connect two of the best gravel regions in the UK –  Aberfoyle & Dunoon.

 

A truly unique point to point traversing the Loch Lomond and Trossacks National park on a 100mile gravel adventure.

 

Connecting the up and coming gravel hub of Dunoon to the established gravel destination of Aberfoyle this new and exciting journey will tackle everything that is Scottish from great forested glens to tucked away lochside gravel tracks.

Highlights

  • Ride between two Scottish gravel buckett-list destinations and experience the best of the Loch Lomond and Trossocks National Park
  • Make the most of the Monday transfer package taking away the headache of organising a point to point
  • Combine with the other rides as part of the Wild Westie bank holiday gravel weekend.

Included in Entry

Fully Signed Route

Our team work tirelessly to create the best gravel routes in the UK. All courses are fully signed so you can just enjoy the ride.

Checkpoints with Proper Food

An epic ride deserves proper support. We have tea, coffee and cake at the first feed and sandwiches & crisps at the main feed. Checkpoints are approx every 40 - 45km

Accurate GPX Files

A few days before the ride, we will send GPX files for all of the route options so you can follow the course on your GPS as well as the signs.

Mechanics Available

At the rider village & at selected feed stops we have mechanics available to help with any bike issues. We also have spare inner tubes, CO2 & more .

Rider Support Vans

We are here to make sure you have a great day on the gravel. If you have any major mechanicals or need collecting, support vehicles are a phone call away.

Beer at Finish Line

You will be greeted at the finish line with a beer & food available from our food truck. Perfect to chat about your day with fellow riders.

Event Program

25th May: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.

 

28th May – 7am: Ride village in Dunoon opens. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.

 

28th May – 7.30am to 8am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.

 

28th May – 8pm: Rider village in Aberfoyle closes

 

28th May – 8pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.

Long Route

One route. Point to Point. 100miles.

 

This supported gravel challenge is the best way to see the all that is special about the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

 

Climbing in stunning forest gravel from the start, the biggest climbs and the bulk of the elevation gain are in the first half of this ride.

 

After a punchy departure from Dunoon the 2 main climbs of the route are the Curra Lochain Climb with 5km at 6% followed shortly by the aptly named Rest and be Thankful climb 5km at 5% both of these have delightful off road views to keep the pedals turning.

 

From now on each pedalstroke takes you closer to Aberfoyle and the final 5km gravel descent to finish and savour the experience on this epic day out.

Percentage of Route Off Road: 70% 

Distance:

162km

Elevation:

2600m

Difficulty:

5/5

Medium Route

The medium route mirrors the long route for much of the ride before peeling off at 71km and taking a easier route home via Loch Ard

Percentage of Route Off Road: 85%

Distance:

74km

Elevation:

1450m

Difficulty:

3.5/5

Short Route

The short route follows the same challenging first 40km as the medium and long routes by starting with a tough 3km climb at 8% but then taking in some flatter Lochside gravel before finishing with a punchy climb then 5km gravel descent to Aberfoyle.

Percentage of Route Off Road: 80%

Distance:

43km

Elevation:

950m

Difficulty:

3/5

Bike Selection & Packing List

Bike Choice: The route is largely off road on good quality gravel so we recommend a gravel bike though a mountain bike will be fine. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.

 

Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. The gravel on the route is mostly smooth so a 35-40mm all rounder gravel tyre will be ideal.

 

Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route as we go into remote areas without phone signal (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc). We recommend a bell to warn walkers / runners of your presence.

 

Clothing: The end of May in Scotland cant guarentee anything weather wise, we reccomend both suncream and a raincape! Even though out of season we reccomend midge spray if 

FAQs

The ride starts in Dunoon and finishes in the centre of Aberfoyle. There is free parking at the start (for the weekend) as well as toilets & refreshments. We will send the ride village address by email. There is an option to add a transfer back from Aberfoyle to Dunoon on Monday night.

Yes, e-bikes are allowed on all Glorious Gravel ride. These must comply with UK law.

We have first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.

Yes, we start between 8am and 9.30am and set people off in small groups so the off road sections are not too busy. Please come to the start line with anyone you want to ride with, we will give a short ride briefing and set you off.