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NC500 Cycling Challenge

16/08/2018 - Scotland's North Coast 500 Route - Multi-Day

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Have you ever wanted to cycle Scotland's North Coast 500 (NC 500) but found the logistical challenge of how to get to your next hotel with luggage, spares and food overwhelming?​We take care of all the planning and boring stuff so that you are left to enjoy this amazing experience.  From your luggage awaiting you on arrival in your next hotel room to a following car with spare wheels and your day bag with alternative clothing.  We have you covered!

You will be cycling just over 500 miles in 5 days following the North Coast 500 route with a small group of 6-8 riders of similar ability alongside our experienced ride guide and crew whilst taking in Scotlands most stunning scenery. 

Our challenge is suitable for riders who are slightly more experienced in completing weekend or week long cycling trips and are looking to push their cycling capabilities within the social aspect of a group.  We have 2 options available:

NC 500 Fondo Challenge: Thursday 16th - Monday 20th August.  The 500 mile pace guide of this challenge is 16-18mph.

NC 500 Sportive Challenge: Thursday 13th - Monday 17th September.  The 500 mile pace guide of this challenge is 13-15mph.

The route starts and finishes in Inverness.  This epic adventure has mountain passes such as the Bealach na Bà which approaches 20% gradient rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third highest road in Scotland.

What's included:

Transfers to and from our pick up point at the Forth Road Bridge to our NC 500 - 5 Day Challenge starting point in Inverness.

4 nights accommodation based on a twin share basis in some of Scotlands exclusive hotels and traditional B&B's including dinner, bed and breakfast.

Experienced ride guide who is a British Cycling qualified coach, former Scottish Road Race Champion and ex professional cyclist; Gary Hand.

Experienced crew who have driven in race convoy and worked as team soigneurs will be on hand with a following support vehicle.

Frequently asked questions:

Will I get left behind?

Of course not, we will be a team out there! Your group will be made up of riders of similar ability and our on the ride guide will ensure a good pacing strategy.  There may be times where the group is climbing and you can go at your own pace but our guide will ensure that everyone reaches a suitable location to regroup.  

Do I have to bring my own bike?

It is recommended that you bring your own Road Bike that you are used to and are comfortable riding.  However, if this is not possible we can arrange bike hire for you at an additional charge available upon request.

What if I am travelling from further afield?

If you are travelling from further afield, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are recommended as we are able to arrange 3-5 star accommodation and transfers (prices available upon request) or if you would prefer to meet us at Inverness, please let us know.

How do I know if my bike is up to the challenge?

You should ensure that your bike is in good working order and a service by a reputable bike shop is therefore advised before the trip.  We also recommend starting the challenge with new brake pads and new tyres.  We are based in Central Scotland and a lot of our clients have used Pedal Power Cycles in West Calder- Jonny and the team always do an amazing job.

 What insurance I need?

It is essential that you arrange adequate holiday insurance to cover against illness, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation should you have to cancel after your final payment has been made.

What do I need to bring?

Once booking is confirmed, a full kit list and itinerary will be sent to you.

Are drinks included?

We will provide water in the following car.  In the evening, drinks are not included but will be available at the hotel for you to purchase.

Are lunch and cafe stops included?

We will be stopping at cafes along the way where you can enjoy a coffee or snack at your own expense if you wish. However, cafes will be limited in certain areas of the trip.  You should therefore ensure sufficient fuel for on the bike but remember, there is a following support vehicle so no more filled pockets or heavy pannier bags.

Is fuel on the bike provided?

Due to individual rider preferences, we recommend that you bring your usual on the bike supplements.  For example, energy bars, gels, carbohydrate drink, electrolyte drink etc.

How much luggage can I bring?

  • 1 piece of luggage approximately 40cm x 70cm x 40cm or 95 litres.

  • 1 small rucksack to kept in the support vehicle throughout the trip.

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Inverness Castle
Address Line 2 inverness
Town Inverness
County Highland Region
Postcode iv2 3eg
Organiser Details
Name Laura Hand
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County Antrim

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