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The Flying Scotsman Sportive 2015

21/06/2015 - Loudoun Academy, Galston - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 97.8% based on 1 review

The Flying Scotsman Sportive 2015 will be held on Sunday 21st Junewith two routes selected personally by Graeme Obree, The Beastie 77m and Old Faithful 44m. Anyone who has followed Graeme Obree and is familiar with his biography 'The Flying Scotsman" will be aware of the history of 'The Valley' with Galston, Newmills and Darvel prominent  during Graeme's early cycling days.

Graeme knows these roads like the back of his hand and has chosen routes to offer a challenge but also allow riders the opportunity to experience the beauty and relatively quiet roads which all add to the cycling experience. The geography around 'The Valley' is such that there is an abundance of rural roads many which rise steeply from the valley floor and cross over the hill tops. Graeme adds, 'We are really fortunate that in and around Kilmarnock there are miles and miles of quiet roads where you can cycle till your heart is content and hardly ever see a car.  When I cycled over the Old Faithful route recently, once I was off the main road, I came across 3 cars and a tractor in almost 2 hours of cycling - it was not too difficult to keep a count with such a low volume of traffic and that allowed me to really enjoy the cycle without the pressure from traffic.

Graeme has chosen the two routes to provide a challenging sportive event. 'The climbs and descents are of the short-sharp variety and will offer a stern test to all riders & I would strongly recommend that participants make sure they have appropriate gearing for steep climbs of the 1-2 mile variety.'

There will be 2 routes, Old Faithful a 44 mile route and The Beastie a 77 mile route.

 The routes are can be viewed on following links.

Both routes are difficult with hard climbs and steep descents. All participants will need to be well prepared and bikes will need to be in tip top condition. With good preparation The Flying Scotsman Sportive offers a challenging but beautiful ride over roads Graeme rides often.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Loudoun Academy
Address Line 2 Glasgow Road
Town Galston
County Dumfries and Galloway
Postcode KA4 8PD
Organiser Details
Name Maximise Sport
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County Dumfries and Galloway
Postcode KA4 8PD

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