No Dunoon Dynamo Full Moon Ride for 2017

For the past few years the most fun event I have organised has been the overnight Dunoon Full Moon Cycle Sportive, replete with sound and light show up the Rest and Be Thankful and a return journey up the River Clyde on the breakfast party boat blasting Ibiza classics at the riverside residents.

Unfortunately due to an increasingly busy event schedule featuring Full Moon date clashes  in June, July and August I will be unable to organise a 2017 edition.

I will do my utmost to ensure this ride returns in 2018

Awrabest Alan

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Emergency Contacts for tonight

Emergency Contacts

Event director

Alan Anderson – 07930312135

Medics

07429 565067

Mobile Mechanic (RABT 23:30 – 02:00 then follow 109)

07532191663  & 07934004974

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Paul – 07809455835

broom wagon 77 

Ali – 07478729680

broom wagon 109 (helensburgh & Kyles of Bute)

Russell – 07931385264

broom wagon 4 (Kilfinan)

Stewart –  07462942899

SEASONS DUNOON FINISH – 01369 706665

ROUTE AND FEED STOPS

Start – GHK

Follow A82 to Dumbarton

Follow A814 to Helensburgh

31km Feed & Toilet 1 – monument on esplanade. Toilets Clyde Bar. (22.15 – 23.59)

Follow A814 to Arrochar

57km Feed & Toilet 2 – Arrochar Village Inn. Coffee & Toilets         (23:00-01.30)

Follow A83 to Rest & Be Thankful

70km Feed – RABT car park (23:00-03:00)

Follow A83 to Dunoon

LEFT A815 to Dunoon

91km Feed & Toilet 3 – Stachur Creggans Inn. Feed & Toilets  (00:00-03:00)

77mile contine to Dunoon

89 mile turn right at Strachur then  after 30km turn left to Dunoon

109 Mile Follow A886 & B8000 to Kilfinan

124km Feed & Toilet 4 – Kilfinan Village Hall Coffee, toilets  (01:00-03:00)

135km LAST TOILETS – Tighnabruich   (01:00-05:00)

142km Feed – Top of Strontian  climb.(01:45-06.15)

RIGHT Follow A886 for Dunoon

LEFT Follow B836 for Dunoon

RIGHT Follow A815 for Dunoon

LEFT COASTAL RD TO DUNOON

Follow to FINISH at CAR PARK just past RIVERSIDE

Final details for tonight

Everything you need to know for Dunoon Full Moon Sportive.
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This time on Sunday you will no doubt all be happily tucked up in bed after a tiring, but fun, night spent chasing the Sun around The Cowal.

Sorry I have not been in touch so much this year, but everything is ticking over almost exactly as last year. Here’s the final update for what’s happening.

The Basics

Start HQ from 9pm – 10.30pm

GHK Sports Club, Anniesland Cross, Crow Road, Glasgow. G13 1LP

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Finish HQ from 5am – 7am

Seasons Coffee House, 9 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AB

Boat Departs 7.00am

Dunoon Breakwater, Esplanade, Dunoon PA23 7NE

Boat Returns to (ETA 10am)

Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS

Car parking

Car parking is available at GHK and Riverside Museum.

aa1de055-495a-4cba-b9e3-06475be54bc4As with last year, at the finish we will provide you with some gorgeous rolls and sausage at Seasons Coffee House. The finish and bag drop van will be located right next door.

Showers

This year due to staff holidays we sadly do not have the early morning use of the Riverside Leisure Centre for showers. Thankfully the weather forecast is much nicer than last year’s. If you want a bath then the beach next to the old pier is perfect 😉

Seasons have one shower we can use. If you wish a QUICK shower please bring a £2 donation to the church. Please be considerate to other riders and be as quick as possible.

Registration, Light Check and Sign On

PLEASE BRING PHOTO ID

Registration will open at 9pm, first riders will be allowed to start at 9.45pm. Last riders at 10.30pm

Riders will be allowed to start every 3 minutes in groups no larger than 20.

Only 109 mile riders will be allowed to start in the first few groups of riders. 77mile and 89mile riders will be allowed to leave after 10pm

LIGHTING CHECK:
Unlike urban night-time cycling you need to not only be seen, but your lights also need to help you see. Prior to the event please go for one or two rural night rides to get yourself used to riding in the pitch black.
All riders must have two working, fully charged, lights at both front and rear. We advise having new batteries and carrying spares with you
For those attempting the 109 or 89mile routes you’re front lights must both be 500 lumens each or more, this is because the longer routes have several fast descents.

For those of you who have USB charged batteries please make sure you have a spare fully charged set for use during the later stages of the ride.

Bag Drop Van

At GHK we will have a van to take your kit bag with spare clothes, trainers, towel etc to Dunoon for you. Along with your bike and helmet numbers you will be given a luggage tag and sticky number at registration for your bag. This can be collected at Dunoon from 5.00am.

We recommend all riders pack a lightweight chain to secure your bike to railings whilst in cafe.

If you are getting the boat back to Glasgow we also recommend packing a nice warm jacket and some sandwiches.

MIDGES at Arrochar and Strachur

Light winds are predicted for the ride. Smear yourself in Avon Skin So Soft / Deet / Urine. Wear leggings. Don’t stop outside, get inside and order a coffee!

Breakfast & Dunoon stuff

From 5am at Seasons Coffee House under Dunoon Baptist Church you will all get a FREE burger, bacon roll, or roll and square. You will have to buy your own coffees, soft drinks etc…

No other shops, cafes, public toilets or petrol stations will be open in Dunoon at that time of the morning. All boat return riders are advised to either get full breakfast in Seasons Cafe or bring your own. It’s a 2hr 45min journey back up the Clyde.

Boat Return

The Clyde Clipper will dock at Dunoon Pier Breakwater at 6.50am.

Boarding will begin immediately and we must set sail by 7.15am to allow the scheduled passenger ferry to dock.

Your bikes will be travelling with you on the boat. There is plenty of space.

The boat will serve teas, coffees and confectionary. The PA system will be playing classic Cafe Del Mar tunes and we will have complimentary beers for those enjoying the voyage. Bring sandwiches!

Pacing yourself, timings and cut offs
The cooncil are very concerned that middle aged lycra wearing athletes might create an unruly disturbance in Dunoon.

We do not get access to the cafe until 5.00am, so please pace your ride accordingly and do not arrive in Dunoon much before this time. This is particularly important for the 77 mile riders. There is nothing to do anyway and nowhere to go since all the shops etc will be shut. Dunoon doesn’t even have a 24hr petrol station!!!

It would be easy to blast round the route in under 4 hours. Please DON’T! If doing the 77mile route please take your time and enjoy the unique nature of this ride. Enjoy the entertainment at our pub based feed stops in Helensburgh and Arrochar. Give your legs a rest before you have to grind up the Rest &B Thankful.

Ideal Schedule for 77 mile route

10pm – Start

11.30pm – Helensburgh Feed Stop – stop for 20mins and enjoy pub entertainment.

12.55pm – Arrochar Feed Stop – Stop for 30 mins and enjoy pub entertainment.

2.00am – Top of RABT Feed Stop – Stop for 30 mins and enjoy the serenity… and the midges!

3am – Strachur – Feed Stop

4.45am – Arrive Dunoon

Remember after you leave Helensburgh there will be no more shops for the rest of the ride.

CUT OFFS

No rider is allowed onto the 77mile route past Strachur BEFORE 3am

No rider is allowed onto the 109mile route past Strachur AFTER 2am

No rider is allowed onto the 89mile route AFTER 3.30am

All riders have finished by 6.45am or they will not get a time or the boat.

Feed Stops

Clyde Bar, Helensburgh – Toilets, gels, bananas, chocs, sweeties, water, powdered drinks.

Village Inn – Arrochar – Toilets, gels, bananas,chocs, sweeties, water, powdered drinks. Pub is open until 2am and will keep barista machine (to purchase) running until last riders leave.

Rest And Be Thankful – Gels, bananas, water, chocs, sweeties, water & powdered drinks. (also hopefully and urn for tea and coffee)

From RABT onwards please be considerate and as quiet as possible at stops. The hotel owners are doing us a massive favour by allowing us to use their toilets in the middle of the night, whilst they have paying guests SLEEPING. Remember cleats can be noisy!!!

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Creggans Inn, Strachur. Toilet and water stop.
Creggans Inn, Strachur – Toilets, gels, bananas, water, powdered drinks, barista coffee (to purchase).

Kilfinan Village Hall (109 mile only) – Toilets, gels, bananas, water, powdered drinks. Free tea and coffee.

Tighnabruich Public Toilets (109 mile only) – Toilets only.

Top of first climb of B836 after 89 & 109 mile route merge – gels, bananas, water, coca-cola & powdered drinks. (also hopefully and urn for tea and coffee)

Mechanics & Medics will be on the course. We will give you their contact details at registration.

Most importantly, make sure you get a good night’s sleep both Thursday and Friday.

Awrabest Alan

Entry opens tomorrow for Dunoon Full Moon Sportive – Sat 18th June 2016

Dunoon Full Moon Cycle Sportive 2016

To all those who rode the inaugural Dunoon Full Moon Cycle Sportive last weekend… THANK YOU! 

It was an absolute blast. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed organising it. 

Also thank you to everyone who has given their feedback. It is most appreciated, because without it we couldn’t improve things for next year. We had a couple of teething problems, thankfully most of these were or are easily ironed out.

If you have not already seen it, have a look at the STRAVA FLY BY

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So who wants to do it again next year?

Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th June 2016

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An almost full moon a couple of days before the summer solstice. Almost perfect for the 2nd edition in 2016 ? 

The Moon will rise at 7.45pm and set at 4.24am

The Sun will set at 10:05pm and rise at 4.33am

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This year we will add a 3rd (middle) distance – 88.9miles

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Early bird entry for 2016’s ride will open tomorrow (Saturday 11th July) at 9pm. There is a price freeze for the first 200 entrants. They will have the opportunity to enter next year at this year’s price. 

Sadly the insurance premium was SIX times higher than our daytime sportives and triathlons, so unfortunately we’ll have to up the price to everyone else. 

So, in short

Saturday 18th June 2016

3 routes – 77, 89 & 109 miles

Lots of feed stops
Alpe D’Huez meets Ibiza
showers, burgers and boat party
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Start 9pm
Sunrise 4.33am
Boat departs 7am

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Entry will be via https://www.entrycentral.com/  opening tomorrow (Sat 11 July) at 9pm

Thanks again and see you next year.

Awrabest Alan

P.S. FREE MIDGE REPELLANT TO THE FIRST 200 ENTRANTS 😉

Dunoon Full Moon Cycle Timings & photos

Hi all. Hope you have all caught up on your sleep. I am having a bit of an issue with the timing data on the webscorer iPad app. It has only noted “lap” times and not finish times. Some people have “1 lap” others up to “6 laps”. I am unsure why, but working on trying to sort it out and re crunch the raw data. In the mean time check out the wonder that is the Strava Fly By. MASSIVE RESPECT to Jamie Wilson who cycled all the way back to Clarkston. dunoonstravaflyby 2015-07-03 22.14.51 helensburgh3 helensburgh helensburgh2 2015-07-04 23.47.07 2015-07-05 01.18.50 2015-07-05 01.43.37 2015-07-05 01.41.23 2015-07-05 03.28.45 2015-07-05 05.04.16 2015-07-05 05.06.23 2015-07-05 05.07.04 2015-07-05 07.05.53 taylorblair

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Tonight’s weather and emergency contacts

Looks like a perfect night for a bike ride from Glasgow to Dunoon.

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The moon will be big and bright. It rises at the perfect time of 11pm

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FEED AND TOILET STOPS

17km – 24 hr McDonalds etc

30km – LAST PETROL STATION & SHOPS

31km Feed & Toilet 1 – Helensburgh esplanade. Toilets @ Clyde Bar.

(22.15 – 23.59) Gels, bananas, water, powdered drink

57km Feed & Toilet 2 – Arrochar Village Inn. (Barista coffee purchase) & Toilets   

(23:00-01.00)     Gels, bananas, water, powdered drink

                Ben Arthurs Bothy. Coffee (purchase), toilets & BAND

70km Feed & Mechanic – RABT car park  BARISTA COFFEE TO PURCHASE

(23:00-03:00)   Gels, bananas, water, powdered drink and lots of nice stuff

91km Feed & Toilet 3 – Strachur Creggans Inn. Feed & Toilets  (00:00-03:00)

Gels, bananas, water, powdered drink

124km Feed & Toilet 4 – Kilfinan Village Hall FREE Tea & Coffee, toilets  (01:00-03:00) Gels, bananas, water, powdered drink

135km LAST TOILETS – Tighnabruich Royal An Lochan    TOILETS ONLY

(01:00-05:00)

142km Feed – Top of Tighnabruich climb. Kyle of Bute view point (01:45-05.30)

Gels, bananas, water, powdered drink and lots of nice stuff

Emergency Contacts

Event director

Alan Anderson – 07930312135

Medics

07792855593  or 07516767272

Mobile Mechanic (RABT 23:30 – 02:00 then follow 109)

Back on Tracks – 07913548818

broom wagon lead

Mark – 07742350090

broom wagon 2

Colin – 07989364751

broom wagon 3 (helensburgh & Kyles of Bute)

Russell – 07931385264

broom wagon 4

Ross – 07708759654

broom wagon 5 (Kilfinan)

Stewart –  07462942899

Riverside Dunoon – 01369 701170

ROUTE AND FEED STOPS

Start – GHK

Follow A82 to Dumbarton

Follow A814 to Helensburgh

31km Feed & Toilet 1 – monument on esplanade. Toilets Clyde Bar. (22.15 – 23.59)

Follow A814 to Arrochar

57km Feed & Toilet 2 – Arrochar Village Inn. Coffee & Toilets         (23:00-01.00)

  Arrochar Ben Arthurs Botthy. Coffee, toilets & BAND

Follow A83 to Rest & Be Thankful

70km Feed – RABT car park (23:00-03:00)

Follow A83 to Dunoon

LEFT A815 to Dunoon

91km Feed & Toilet 3 – Stachur Creggans Inn. Feed & Toilets  (00:00-03:00)

77mile contine to Dunoon

109 Mile Follow A886 & B8000 to Kilfinan

124km Feed & Toilet 4 – Kilfinan Village Hall Coffee, toilets  (01:00-03:00)

135km LAST TOILETS – Tighnabruich Royal An Lochan    (01:00-05:00)

142km Feed – Top of Tighnabruich climb. Kyle of Bute view point (01:45-05.30)

RIGHT Follow A886 for Dunoon

LEFT Follow B836 for Dunoon

RIGHT Follow A815 for Dunoon

LEFT COASTAL RD TO DUNOON

Follow to FINISH at CAR PARK just past RIVERSIDE

Five Sleeps to Dunoon Full Moon Cycle Sportive

This time next Sunday you will no doubt all be happily tucked up in bed after a tiring, but fun, night spent chasing the Sun around The Cowal. Here’s the final update for what’s happening.

The Basics

Start HQ

GHK Sports Club, Anniesland Cross, Crow Road, Glasgow. G13 1LP

GHK, Old Anniesland. Registration and barista coffees from Back On Track Cycles

Finish HQ

Riverside Swimming Pool, 8 Moir St, Dunoon, Argyll and Bute PA23 8AA

Riverside Leisure Centre. Bring your swim trunks for free use of showers and changing facilities.

Routes

The routes will be well signposted. BUT Saturday night yoofs might do silly stuff, so please make sure you know where you are going in advance.

Follow A82 signs for Helensburgh.

Then A814 signs for Arrochar

Then A83 / A85 signs for Dunoon.

Map My Ride 77 Mile

Map My Ride 109 mile

Boat Departs 6:15am

Dunoon Breakwater, Esplanade, Dunoon PA23 7NE

Boat Returns to (ETA 9.15am)

Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS

Car parking

Car parking is available at GHK and Riverside Museum.

Registration, light check and Sign On

Registration will open at 8.30pm, first riders will be allowed to start at 9.30pm. Last riders at 10.15pm

Riders will be allowed to start every 3 minutes in groups no larger than 20.

Only 109 mile riders will be allowed to start in the first few groups of riders.
LIGHTING CHECK:
Unlike urban night-time cycling you need to not only be seen, but your lights also need to help you see. Prior to the event please go for one or two rural night rides to get yourself used to riding in the pitch black.
All riders must have two working, fully charged, lights at both front and rear. We advise having new batteries and carrying spares with you
For those attempting the 109mile route you’re front lights must both be 500 lumens each or more, this is because the longer route has several fast descents.

For those of you who have USB charged batteries please make sure you have a spare fully charged set for use during the later stages of the ride.

Bag Drop Van

At GHK we will have a van to take your kit bag with spare clothes, trainers, towel and swim shorts / costume to Dunoon for you. Along with your bike and helmet numbers you will be given a luggage tag and sticky number at registration for your bag. This can be collected at Dunoon opposite Riverside Leisure Centre from 4.00am.

We recommend all riders pack a lightweight chain to secure your bike to railings whilst in showers etc.

If you are getting the boat back to Glasgow we also recommend packing a nice warm jacket and some sandwiches.

Showers & Breakfast & Dunoon stuff

From 4am all riders can use the showers for free in Riverside Leisure centre. You will need to bring your own towel AND SWIMMING COSTUME!!! The showers are communal so no nudity. Ladies bring a swim suit, gents some swim shorts. Free tea and coffee for all riders in Riverside Centre.

From 4.30am next door in Dunoon Baptist Church cafe you will all get a FREE burger, bacon roll, or roll and square. You will have to buy your own soft drinks etc…

Full Scottish and Continental breakfast for £8.00 from 4.30am at Argyll Hotel

From 4.30am The Argyll Hotel will open early for Full Scottish and Continental Breakfast. We have a special deal with them. All Riders can have a full breakfast with tea or coffee for only £8.00.

No other shops, cafes or petrol stations will be open in Dunoon at that time of the morning. All boat return riders are advised to either get breakfast in Argyll hotel or bring your own. It’s a 2hr 45min journey back up the Clyde. 

Boat Return

The Clyde Clipper will dock at Dunoon Pier Breakwater at 6.10am.

Boarding will begin at 6.15am and we must set sail by 6.30am to allow the scheduled passenger ferry to dock.

Your bikes will be travelling with you on the boat. There is plenty of space.

The boat will serve teas, coffees and confectionary. The PA system will be playing classic Cafe Del Mar tunes and we will have complimentary beers for those enjoying the voyage.

Pacing yourself

The cooncil are very concerned that 210 middle aged lycra wearing athletes might create an unruly disturbance in Dunoon.

We do not get access to the Riverside Centre etc until 4.00am, so please pace your ride accordingly and do not arrive in Dunoon before this time.This is particularly important for the 77 mile riders. There is nothing to do anyway and nowhere to go since all the shops etc will be shut. Dunoon doesn’t even have a 24hr petrol station!!!

It would be easy to blast round the route in under 4 hours. Please DON’T! Take your time and enjoy the unique nature of this ride. Enjoy the entertainment at our pub based feed stops in Helensburgh and Arrochar. A band will be playing until last orders in Arrochar at 12.45am. Give your legs a rest before you have to grind up the Rest &B Thankful.

Ideal Schedule for 77 mile route

9.50pm – Start

10.50pm – Helensburgh Feed Stop – stop for 15mins and enjoy entertainment.

11.50pm – Arrochar Feed Stop – Stop for 30 mins and enjoy entertainment.

1.00am – Top of RABT Feed Stop – Stop for 30 mins and enjoy a barista coffee and the serenity.

2.45am – Strachur – Feed Stop

4.00am – Arrive Dunoon

Remember after you leave Helensburgh there will be no more shops for the rest of the ride.

Feed Stops

Helensburgh – Toilets, gels, bananas, chocs, sweeties, water, powdered drinks.

Arrochar – Toilets, gels, bananas,chocs, sweeties, water, powdered drinks.

Rest And Be Thankful – Gels, bananas, water,chocs, sweeties, powdered drinks. Barista coffee (pay for). Mechanics.

From RABT onwards please be considerate and as quiet as possible at stops. The hotel owners are doing us a massive favour by allowing us to use their toilets in the middle of the night, whilst they have paying guests staying. Remember cleats can be noisy!!!

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Creggans Inn, Strachur. Toilet and water stop.

Strachur Creggans Inn – Toilets, gels, bananas, water, powdered drinks.

Kilfinan Village Hall (109 mile only) – Toilets, gels, bananas, water, powdered drinks. Free tea and coffee.

Tighnabruich Royal An Lochan Hotel (109 mile only) – Toilets and water only.

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Royal An Lochan Hotel Tighnabruich. Toilets are at side door. Please be very quiet and not disturb hotel guests!!!

 

 

 

Loose Chippings on A814 south of Arrochar.

As mentioned last week the cooncil are doing a great job of resurfacing the road from Faslane to Arrochar.

The 2 mile section north of Glen Douglas still needs to bed in. We will monitor it over the week. We are very confident that the chips will have dispersed by Saturday.

If the road is not suitable to ride, we will detour you via Glen Douglas and Tarbet. This will add an extra 12 miles and a brutal climb to your journey so we really really don’t want to do that.

 

 

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More info later in the week.

Most importantly, make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Friday.

Only 77 sleeps until 77 miles without sleep

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Full Moon above Gourock from Dunoon

The Dunoon Full Moon Sportive is only 77 sleeps away.

On Saturday 4th July 2015 ride from Glasgow to Dunoon overnight, buy Full Moon via the Rest and be Thankful.

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Sunrise from Holy Loch

Chase the sunset down the Firth of Clyde towards Helensburgh, spin past the Arrochar Alps in twilight then speed towards our sunrise BBQ on the shorefront at Dunoon.

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Kraftwerk the early years

Along the way there will be several food stops with some top quality entertainment to help keep your spirits up.

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Your luxury cruise back to Glasgow

After 77 of the most fun miles you have ever ridden you can enjoy a leisurely cruise back up the River Clyde to Glasgow.

To enter visit https://www.entrycentral.com/dunoonfullmooncycle sunsetsolorider

10 minutes until Dunoon Full Moon cycle entry opens

Dunoon Full Moon Cycle Sportive

Scotland’s biggest bike party. Alpe D’heuz meets Ibiza. DJs, bands, fireworks and a breakfast BBQ watching the sunrise.

ENTER AT http://www.entrycentral.com/dunoonfullmooncycle

Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th July 2015

Glasgow – Helensburgh – Rest And Be Thankful – Dunoon

77miles or 109miles 

Start 9pm @ Glasgow High School, Anniesland Cross.

Finish 4.30am (sunrise) @ Riverside Leisure Centre Dunoon

Return transfer available by coach or cruise up the River Clyde

Return boat transfer will depart Dunoon @ 6.00am. Arriving Glasgow 8.45am

First ferry leaves Hunters Quay 7.00am

Return coach transfer will depart Gourock 7.30am. Arriving Glasgow 8.15am

Boat transfer is limited to 230 riders. However if it sells out really quickly we have the option of chartering The Waverley. We need a minimum of 500 riders wishing boat transfer to make this viable.

The first Western Ferries sailing from Hunters Quay to Gourock is 7am. If numbers are high enough we hope to persuade them to run an earlier sailing. Scotrail only allow 6 bikes per train from Gourock. Or you could ride the 30 miles back to Glasgow.

Fancy dress encouraged.

Reflective clothing encouraged

COST:

 A donation of £5.00 per entry will be split between Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Charity and Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.

EARLY BIRD:

Ride only entry will cost £30 for 77 mile ride and £35 for 109 mile ride.

Ride & Coach transfer costs £50 for 77 mile ride and £55 for 109 mile ride.

Ride & Boat transfer costs £65.00 for both 77 mile and 109 mile rides.

Early bird prices are available until 29th November 2014. After that prices increase by £5.00 per entry.

With the exception of boat transfer riders, all rides are responsible for their own ferry fares.

Prices are subject to Entry Central booking fee.

REGISTRATION:

Rider registration will take place at Glasgow High School Sports club from 7.00pm – 8.30pm

There will be a small event village, mechanical support, entertainment.

At registration you will be given:

– electronic timing chip

– rider numbers for handlebars, back, bag drop.

– route card with emergency contact info

Electronic timing will give each rider their individual ride time. THIS IS NOT A RACE. There will be no winner, no prizes. It’s just for fun. Ride sensibly. Be Safe.

START:

At 9pm Riders will be set off in groups of 20 or less at intervals of no less than 2 mins. Start times on the day will be first come first served.

FEED STOPS:

Well stocked feed stops, with entertainment, will be provided at Helensburgh, Arrochar, RABT car park, Strachur, nr Tighnabruich (109 only), Dunoon (Sunrise BBQ). The feed stocks will also have toilet facilities.

Your entry entitles you to food and drink at these stops (whilst stocks last – so be quick 😉 ) and each rider will also get hot drinks and breakfast roll at Dunoon.

BAG DROP & SHOWERS:

At registration each rider is entitled to leave 1 small bag / rucksack for us to transfer by van to finish.  This is for you to have a change of clothes on arrival at Dunoon. You will have access to the showers at Riverside Leisure Centre so feel free to pack a towel… and maybe your swim kit if you want a dip in the Clyde.

ON RIDE SUPPORT:

Medical cover will be provide by British Red Cross ambulance teams.

Mobile mechanics will cover the route. There will be static mechanics at the start, Arrochar and nr Tighnabruich.

Each rider is responsible for their own punture repairs. Please carry with you spare inner tubes, pump and tools AND KNOW HOW TO USE THEM!!!

The route will be well sign posted and major junctions and descents will be marshalled. However it is every riders responsibility to know the route and cycle within their competancy.

LIGHTING:

Unlike urban night-time cycling you need to not only be seen but your lights need to help you see. Prior to the event please go for one or two rural night rides to get yourself used to riding in the pitch black.

All riders must have two working, fully charged, lights at both front and rear.

For those attempting the 109mile route you’re front lights must both be 500 lumens each or more, this is because the longer route has several fast descents.

Helmets are compulsary.

Please do not treat your entry lightly, riding in the dark is more dangerous than daytime riding. Even though it is the weekend after the summer solstice and a full moon, there will still be a minimum of 3 hours total darkness with no street lights whilst riding through the Cowal Penisula. 

With the exception of the Rest and be Thankful the 77mile route is rather flat. However there is one steep descent at Green Welly north of Faslane. Temporary street lighting will be installed at this spot for the event

The 109mile route has several long steep climbs and descents at the southern end of the Cowal penisula. These will be well signed and marshalled, please ride these descents with extra caution.

 Make sure you have adequate clothing and your equipment is in perfect order.

If you purchase Sportive Only Entry, but subsequently require coach / boat transfer there will be an additional administration charge of £10.00 plus the price difference between original fee paid and Sportive plus Coach fee at time of request.

Please note that entries are non-refundable and not transferable. 

Entries are not transferable to a third party. Photo ID required at registration.

Entries are non-refundable. Riders may defer to 2016 if email notice is given to the organisers prior to June 23rd 2015.The event will take place regardless of weather conditions and only be cancelled or the routes modified if in the opinion of the police or the event organisers an entrants reasonable safety is at risk. If the event is cancelled there will no refunds of entry fees.

Sportive entry will include:

Insurance, Rider Numbers for person & bike, Timing chip / number for helmet, access to supplies at Feed Stations and a hot beverage and food at the finish.

We don’t do lots of flags or banners or branding, goody bags, medals, free t-shirts, free bidons, in-fact any free promotional crap you don’t need or want. We spend your money giving you a damn good day with great feed stops, lots of assistance and a massive party along the way.

Regulations

Regulations, Terms and Conditions:

We the organisers have a responsibility, duty of care towards our participants. The following regulations are to be followed for the duration of the event.

  •   You must be over 18 years of age on the day of the event to participate
  •   Riders will be responsible for the road worthiness of their own cycle.
  •   Tri-bars and recumbent machines are not permitted.
  •   Riders will be set off in groups of 20 or less at intervals of no less than 2 mins but start times are flexible.
  •   All riders are covered by third party insurance for the duration of the event. The cost of this is included inyour entry fee. The organisation is covered for civil party liability.
  •   You must obey all Highway Code rules. You are requested to ride in single file where appropriate and nomore than 2 abreast at any time. Please be aware of your fellow cyclists and any other traffic. Please always indicate your intention to stop or change direction. All cyclists must adhere to and obey the Highway Code and laws of England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland where applicable and extend all reasonable courtesy to other road users.
  •   You may not deviate from the official route. You will either be given a map from start to finish or there will be signage marking the route. Direction will be indicated by the map or signs placed clearing at or before l junctions. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF ALL RIDERS TO TAKE THE CORRECT ROUTE.
  •   It is mandatory THAT ALL riders wear a safety approved cycling helmet complying with latest ANSI Z90/4 OR SNELL standards. It is mandatory that all riders have two white lights at the front and two red lights (static) at the rear. Any rider not wearing a helmet or with suffiecient lighting will not be covered by the event insurance and will be disqualified from the event and could be liable for damages if involved in an accident on that basis. The rider must accept this as a condition of entry.
  •   Please do not use your mobile phone when riding and if taking or making calls please do it safely at the side of the road.
  •   The  organisation  reserves  the  right  to  terminate  an  individual’s  ride  on  health  and  safety  grounds.
  •   The rides will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, rerouted or stopped forreasons of safety. Entry fees, however, are not refundable.
  •   The  organisers  will  endeavour  to  provide  fluid  and  some  form  of  food  at  designated  ‘feed  zones’  however,we cannot guarantee supplies will be available at all times and urge riders to only take what they need andbe mindful of the needs of those following behind.
  •   No rider may take food or drink from anyone whilst on the move; if you need food or drink you must stop toreceive it.
  •   Individual support cars are strictly forbidden; any participants seen to use one will be taken out of theevent, disqualified and not covered by third party insurance.
  •   All riders carry a form of identification showing their name, address and/or contact details of a person to beadvised in the eventuality of an accident. It is also advised that all participants carry 2 drinks bottles, energy bars, tools, replacement inner tubes and suitable wet weather gear, money, mobile phone, spare inner tubes and a working pump, as well as extra clothing to complete the ride being undertaken, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.
  •   You will be required to attach your rider number for identification purposes and health and safety reasons. To be attached to your handlebars, back of body where appropriate.
  • Entry Terms and Conditions
  •   I understand that I participate completely at my own risk and that the organisers will not be held responsible for any damage, injury or loss however caused by me outside of the third party insurance in place for the duration of the event.
  •   I understand that I/we cycle completely at my/our own risk and that the organisers will not be held responsible for any damage, injury or loss however caused.
  •   I agree to wear a safety approved cycling helmet complying with latest ANSI Z90/4 OR SNELL standards for the duration of the event.
  •   Entry fee(s) are non refundable and non transferable.
  •   I declare myself medically fit and able to participate in the challenge. By entering the challenge, I waive any

liability on the part of the organiser due to medical grounds.

  •   Cyclosportives are designed as events for serious cyclists who have the strength, endurance and stamina to successfully complete the challenge. Please ensure you have done the right level of training to go for your standard and/or chosen distance.Participants must agree to have read the event regulations and signed to agree to abide by the regulations and accept the entry terms and conditions as stated above by the organiser.

***Rest and be Thankful Old Military Road***

We had hoped that you would ride up the Old Military Road through Glen Croe. In late October BEAR Scotland used OMR during nightime hours as a diversion for the landslipped A83. There is little fencing along the old road and sadly this highlighted to the land owners that their cattle (in particular mothers with calves) were spooked by the night time activity. The land owners are keen that the OMR be used for future daytime cycle events. Watch this space for a fun OMR / RABT cycle event in late August 2015.

Dunoon Full Moon Entry opens tomorrow 9pm

Entries for the first ever Dunoon Full Moon Sportive open tomorrow evening, Sat 22nd Nov, at 9pm.

The ride takes place on overnight Sat 4th – 5th July 2015 from Glasgow – Dunoon.

230 lucky entrants will get transported by boat back from Dunoon, up the River Clyde to Glasgow. The rest of you will be able to get the ferry / coach back.

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It’s going to be Scotland’s biggest bike party. En route there will be DJs, live bands, fireworks and a big BBQ breakfast at the finish.

Along the way we will be raising funds for Yorkhill Children’s Charity and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

We expect the boat and coach options to sell out quickly.

Happy entering.

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