- The Corrieyairack Challenge 2009
Not dne the event but ridden the pass three times. The decent is badly eroded after storms a couple of years ago washed away the route that had been in use for hundred of years. Its a VERY long, steady climb and a rocky way down but good to do as a challenge. I would prefer the alternative finish of going directly to Laggan Wolftrax and thrashing around the red route if your legs are up for it. Good cafe too.Posted 8 years ago
Did it last year. Really enjoyed it even though it caused me to have my first ever proper bonk 😯Posted 8 years ago
The descent down the zig zags was superb, managed it without a dab, although we had to take to the heather in places as it was so washed out.
Soul destroying when a runner/roadie passed on the road me before I got back to Kincraig though, we had at least an hours head start if not more. But it was only the one 😉epicycloSubscriber
In July about 30 odd years ago I spent a very cold night marooned in a blizzard on the Corrieyairack.
Last rode it 4 years ago and got sunburn. It was from the wrong side so ended up pushing up the zig zags. (BTW there seemed less of them than previously)
It’s got to be treated with respect, but doing it during an event should be a breeze.Posted 8 years agofarm-boyMember
I did the race in 2004 and went back and rode the pass a year later as part of coast to coast route.
You have to the whole ride on the same bike. You are allowed to swap wheels or put slicks on for the 46 mile road section and this is highly recommended. At the very least pump your tyres up a bit at Garva.
During the race we had hale and driving rain at the top and the switchback descent was a river. I was running V brakes back-in-the-day and had no pads left by about half way down and not much more stopping power before then.
It is a 10 mile climb, a 6 mile rough decent and then a 46 mile road ride, on a mountain bike. It is good fun as you ride in a team and a good achievement. Ride Laggan and Rothiemarcus the next day though.Posted 8 years agohungry monkeyMember
ugh, that pass was one of the most miserable experiences on a bike i’ve had. we’d come from fort william, and were going to the bothy at the bottom of the descent. the climb up was longer than we thought, and the midges could just keep up at some points, so I was being bitten loads. then near the top it started raining, which made me more miserable… the descent was pretty good though – panniers on the bike made it rather interesting 🙂
next day we went to corour (sp?) YHA, but with a lap of laggan black on the way. and then to fort william, on the WHW over kinlochleven.
fantastic 3 days 🙂Posted 8 years agokcalSubscriber
I’ve done the Challenge on several occasions, over the last 10 years (though last time was about 5 years ago now). It’s a brutal climb, never quite made it to the top, even when I was fit, it’s a tough bone and teeth shaking descent – especially the baby heads by Melgarve, and then a long road stretch.
I’ve pushed too hard and suffered severely, but it’s always been a great event, challenge if you like, great spirit of taking part and helping out, and I’ve made and met up with so many friends at that event. The reception at the end is superb.
Slicks changeover would be recommended – just swap whole wheels really. That or compromise tyres which work in the dry, but would be lethal in the wet.
Gavin, not like you to bonk 🙂Posted 8 years ago
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