Tour De Ben Nevis
i rode the route last month, if your looking for a big day in the hills then its excellent but if your on the hunt for some tasty singletrack then i would look elsewhere. The route passes a lot of far better trails. i wouldn’t pay the cash to do it tho as i personally enjoy being out in remote places in a small group not with 150 other riders.Posted 2 years agobensalesMember
I did it last year. For the most part I enjoyed it, but some of the trail choice at the end in the Witches Trails was a little much after 40 miles. Take a spare pair of socks and have a dropper post.
Or run the timed sections and take a CX bike… would be better on the majority of the paths and easier on the hike-a-bike bits.Posted 2 years agokcalSubscriber
I did it, the first year IIRC. I enjoyed the company, the craic, the little sections that were taped off so you could belt down them without worry of walkers coming up; it was flippin wet though, the week before had been raining cats and dogs and the land tracks were simply two parallel lines of water..
River crossing was ah interesting — I had to help a couple of folk across, it was touch and go as to whether it was *really* that safe but the folk doing it were up for the challenge! Spare socks FTW. Enjoyed the latter bit of the 10 Under course especially as we were so slow that there was no-one else about by then and could hammer along, think I got a top 10 place for that..
route is just a big day out in the hills – some climbs, some descents (many of them cracking) but it’s the get-together I enjoyed, meeting up with folk I hand;t seen for a year or more.Posted 2 years agofelltopSubscriber
I’ve done the event a couple of times. Love the course – proper out in the wilds stuff. However, the second time I took part (2012) I found the attitude of some participants to walkers on the West Highland Way frankly embarrassing. Charging full pelt at them and expecting them to jump out of the way because you simply HAVE to pull off an overtaking manoeuvre? Come on, it doesn’t do any of us any favours! Hence I’ve not done the event since, although I wouldn’t rule it out in the future – especially if the most popular walking sections were neutralised for the event, Enduro style.Posted 2 years agoj4mieMember
I’ve entered, I suppose more in the hope that it’ll persuade me to get out more to get fitter in time for it……
I only have a hardtail, with 100mm fork, some videos I’ve seen show it to be really rough, already started saving for a FS, I don’t know if that’s an essential?
I’ll just be happy to get round without getting stopped/diverted back, we’ll see how it goes!Posted 2 years ago
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