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Your favourite long day on the bike

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As previously posted in other posts....the revival of bunch rides is in advanced stages. Inspiration required! 

 

Can I ask please that you tell me your favourite long ride. The usual format of the starting point,  a few points of interest which hint towards the route.

 

Clubhouse - Georgetown - bridge - Helensburgh - Kilcreggan ( via high Road)  - Glen fruin to return. 

 

If you can slot in a short cut or " bail out" do tell. 

 

Ill plan to plan and map a few over the coming weeks. 

 

Kind Regards!  

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I have a few favourites:

1.  The Five Ferries (door to door, no trains!) - https://www.strava.com/activities/997385522

Clubhouse, Clune, Gourock, Weymss Bay, Colintraive,  Tigh-na-Bruiach, Portavadie, Tarbert, Claonaig, Lochranza, Brodick, Ardrossan, Stevenson, Kilwinning, cycle path home.  110 - ish miles.

2. The 125 Mile Belter - https://www.strava.com/activities/1569912575

Clubhouse, Bridge, Helensburgh, Garelochhead, Arrochar, Rest, Hells Glen (or direct descent), Strachur, Otter Ferry, Loch Tarsan, Dunoon, Gourock, West Ferry or Clune home.

3.  Full Arran -  https://www.strava.com/routes/8304084

Speaks for itself.  Preferably not at Single Arran pace lol :)

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Club - Erskine Bridge - Helensburgh - Arrochar - Rest & be thankful - Hells Glen - Strachur - Loch Eck - Dunoon - Gourock - Clune - Johnstone.

not a lot of bail outs Greg I am afraid

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It has been a few years ago since we last did it as a club run but down to Mennock Pass and up to the radar station is one of the most memorable rides ive had.  There was 7 of us out that day and i think everyone either blew up or was close to it at some point in the ride!  Needs decent weather and a long summer day - big miles (130+), rolling grippy roads and pretty committing as there isn't much in the way of  bail out options.

 

From last year this was a cracker - could be done from the clubrooms  https://www.strava.com/routes/21264510

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17 hours ago, AlanT said:

Clubhouse, bridge, pipetrack, Loch Katrine, variety of return routes is always good. One for the summer months.

 

The Loch Katrine road has been closed after some landslides a few months ago, and apparently there is some doubt as to whether it will reopen :(

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4 hours ago, thejanullrichdietplan said:

It has been a few years ago since we last did it as a club run but down to Mennock Pass and up to the radar station is one of the most memorable rides ive had.  There was 7 of us out that day and i think everyone either blew up or was close to it at some point in the ride!  Needs decent weather and a long summer day - big miles (130+), rolling grippy roads and pretty committing as there isn't much in the way of  bail out options.

 

From last year this was a cracker - could be done from the clubrooms  https://www.strava.com/routes/21264510

That was a belter mate! I had to go into work after, was late and my gaffer took 1 look at me then ordered me never to do that again before duty! Could hardly tie my shoe laces.

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4 hours ago, thejanullrichdietplan said:

It has been a few years ago since we last did it as a club run but down to Mennock Pass and up to the radar station is one of the most memorable rides ive had.  There was 7 of us out that day and i think everyone either blew up or was close to it at some point in the ride!  Needs decent weather and a long summer day - big miles (130+), rolling grippy roads and pretty committing as there isn't much in the way of  bail out options.

 

From last year this was a cracker - could be done from the clubrooms  https://www.strava.com/routes/21264510

The Mennock Pass day was a monster, great fun....

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1 hour ago, robster82 said:

That was a belter mate! I had to go into work after, was late and my gaffer took 1 look at me then ordered me never to do that again before duty! Could hardly tie my shoe laces.

I remember the look of despair you had when your garmin battery ran out near the end and there was a possibility that you had lost the ride!

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19 hours ago, thejanullrichdietplan said:

I remember the look of despair you had when your garmin battery ran out near the end and there was a possibility that you had lost the ride!

😂forgot about that!

Thankfully it saved ride before the battery died around Fenwick, can't imagine how I would of coped if it never!

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