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.
GHK Sports Club, Anniesland Cross, Crow Road, Glasgow. G13 1LP
Riverside Swimming Pool, 8 Moir St, Dunoon, Argyll and Bute PA23 8AA
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.
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 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
More info later in the week.
Most importantly, make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Friday.