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GTM King of the Mountains Sportive

18/05/2013 - Cairngorms - Sportive

Rating: 88.7% based on 25 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 86.8% based on 62 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 82.222%

MarkShepherd wrote:

Great event over en excellent course. The only thing that wasn't better this year was the weather (& you can't control that).

Rated Event: 70.000%

TommyWhite wrote:

To a stranger to the area the lack of intermediate signs saying yes straight on were scary.
No sign of a broom wagon.
No sign of a repair or first aid van.
Nearly missed 1st stop.
Split Signs were poor. for 25 miles and even worst 100K/100 miles
Toilets very poor.
I would have paid more for more.
Best sportives "Lap the Lough" and "Giants Causeway"

Would I do it again. If I'm over from Ireland Yes.

Rated Event: 86.667%

AndyLyall wrote:

Great organisation, well run, good participants. All good!

Rated Event: 86.667%

AlisdairBaghurst wrote:

100k comparable to Etape Caledonia in difficulty IMHO..

Don't think it's over after the Gairn Sheil Bridge :-)

Really well organised....Thanks very much

Rated Event: 90.000%

TimWalmsley wrote:

Overall a very well organised event. For some reason the number I had been given prior to the event wasn't available when I turned up for registration but the organisers soon gave me a new number.
The lad I rode the event with didn't put his helmet timing chip on the correct way (he looped it round a protruding part of his helmet) so he didn't get a time.
Despite the weather it was a great event and i'd like to do it again just so i could get a view from the top of Gairnshiel.

Rated Event: 91.111%

HelenEwen1 wrote:

Great route and well organised. Helpers all really friendly. Would be good if there was a longer distance than the 25 miles but not as far as the 100k as it's a big jump. 35/40 miles would be perfect.

Getting in and out of car park was slightly dodgy as bike riders were arriving and leaving via the same entrance.

Shame about the weather but nothing anyone can do about that. I really enjoyed it and would do it again.

Rated Event: 88.889%

MattHelme wrote:

Cracking ride, well organised, friendly and enthusiastic helpers. Will definitely be back.

Rated Event: 86.667%

GerrardIpenburg wrote:

Fantastic, well organised event.

Rated Event: 90.000%

CraigAllardyce wrote:

Having done several Sportive rides all round Scotland, I must say this ranks very highly in every aspect. The weather on the day was awful, but that didn't dampen the atmosphere and almost added to the challenge of the route on decent roads. Well done to Sandy and his team on a job well done, I'll be back to do it again next year.

Rated Event: 75.556%

JonEntwistle wrote:

Good Sportive, needs a little fine tuning to become a great Sportive.

Rated Event: 84.444%

RossBremner wrote:

We had terrible weather on the day. Torential rain and very poor visability through the hills. The helpers and organization was fantastic however. Just hope the sun shiines next year!!

Rated Event: 92.222%

GordonWatt wrote:

Fantastic day out - great course and people!

Rated Event: 93.333%

JamesKemp wrote:

Very friendly and welcoming. Organisation excellent. fSupport Volenteers were very helpful. Food en-route and at end was super.

Rated Event: 96.667%

carolewells wrote:

This was a great event, well organised, terrific route. Very highly recommended!

It was horrendous weather -unusual for May time - which gave this sportiv a different 'edge' : for me, the 100miler was a feat of endurance and courage in the face of adversity. At the end I was buzzing, on a 'high' having battled through the rain and up and down the hilly course. The highlight climb was the Lecht but there were 3 big hills either side. My impression was that most of the riders were club riders with miles under their belt as the pace was pretty strong. I really enjoyed the route for its various twists and turns, and on a sunny day the scenery would be glorious.

There's one really bad bend onto a bridge which you don't get much early sight of (hopefully the organisers know where I mean) where I heard of at least 3 people coming a cropper off their bikes, perhaps a marshal with a flag might have saved them. Just a thought for next year's event.

I was 'rescued' twice by the broom wagon - they were a great help.

I was very impressed with the event organisation, with a lot of communication about it over email before, and after the event. I'm glad the start time was brought forward an hour to 8am as the closure time was always a bit tight for my pace.

The HQ was easy to find. There weren't any showers or changing facilities at the HQ, which we'd have found a bonus as we had a 2 and a half hour drive home, but friends showered at the nearby campsite (they'd stayed over but I wondered if we could have used them for a small fee?). The local transport museum was very hospitable, inviting me inside their warm toilets to change out of my wet clothes. Alford and the area is fantastic, I'm planning to go back to make a weekend of it and have a proper look round what looks, at a glance, to be a terrific little transport museum. I can also recommend the Bistro in Alford for supper.

So, overall a massive hit! And best of all I have a fab engraved medal to remember my day. I'll never forget this event....I think it'll stick as one of my most challenging days ever. Thanks in particular to Sandy, and his army of volunteers. I had a great time!

Rated Event: 93.333%

PeterBrand wrote:

Friendly and well-organised. (My first sportive so not a comparative assessment.)

Only thing that I can think of that could be considered: if there was a marshall at every sign, the signs couldn't be fiddled with. But that's a lot to ask. But if there weren't any signs and everyone relied on maps or GPS, then it would be foolproof and simpler to set up... (might encourage people to ride together too - see below)
One thing surprised me was that the participants didn't seem to want to ride together and split the work! We set off in a group of about 12, defined by self-assessment of target time so we should have been well-matched, but rider after rider went off the front with no effort be the rest to stick with them. Bizarre (but not the fault of the organisers).

Rated Event: 93.333%

ChrisWhite wrote:

Fantastic sportive, over a very tough but beautiful route. Weather was horrendous, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, in no small part due to the friendliness of all involved and the well stocked and positioned feed stations.

Rated Event: 98.889%

KenTree1 wrote:

Really well organised, weather a challenge this year but compensated by great route, excellent organisation, great feeding stations. Thanks Sandy and team.

Rated Event: 94.444%

archiekennedy wrote:

Very well done and my thanks to the organizing team

Rated Event: 88.889%

glennthompson wrote:

Great even and definitely recommend. They messed up my timing a bit by not getting my number right but its not the end of the world. Great route up over the ski resort with some very challenging hills. Loved it apart from the weather but there isn't much you can do about that. Highly recommend.

Rated Event: 92.222%

ChristopherMcconnell wrote:

Excellent organised and hoping to return to do it next year

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