2022 Les Trios Pistes avec FBC

FBC are planning on an epic 4-day trip in May 2022 to replace the spring training camp. 

The aim of this alternative event is to re-create the challenging “3 Pistes” Sportive. so that club members train/help/encourage each other to take part in a club challenge and have an enjoyable weekend away. Similar to the previous summer “Highland Tours” - with the option to start and finish at the Larbert Station car park.

At the 2021 AGM, we discussed an option for a foreign spring training camp. Since then, there have been several travel restrictions put in place due to the pandemic and it has become too risky to plan for any foreign trips at the moment.

The format has two options available depending on time off:

Option A – Four Days - Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon

Option B – Two Days - Sat & Sun

 The aim is to get as many club members doing the longer 112 mile route on the Saturday. If you can only make Saturday and Sunday, or even just Saturday, then this event format works for you.

It’s a bit of a challenge:

6,000 metres of climbing

5 official climbs

4 days of riding

3 ski centres (mandatory FBC group photos at each ski station!)

2 nights in Pitlochry

1 big night out in Aviemore!


Option A – Estimated Costs £320 plus food - assuming 20 people.

Fri           Pitlochry £110

Sat         Aviemore £90

Sun       Pitlochry £100

Share of van/fuel £20

 

Option B – Estimated Costs £100 plus food - assuming 20 people

Sat         Aviemore £90

Share of van/fuel £10

 

Club members who cannot get off work on Friday and Monday could share cars/trains from Larbert Station directly to Pitlochry on Saturday/Sunday. The trains times have been planned into the schedule for the weekend:

Out: 07:23 arrives 08:45 - Meet at 9AM at the Station, ride out at 9:15am.

Back: 20:35 gets back to Larbert at 22:01. Option to leave the car at Larbert.


Accommodation:

Pitlochry Hotel: Fishers Hotel, can accommodate up to groups of 20

Aviemore Hotel: High Range Hotel, can accommodate up to groups of 20

 

Non-refundable deposits needed for both Hotels.

Proposed Dates: 4-7 May or 20-23 May TBC
(This is to avoid the May Day Gallup on 2 May, the Etape Caledonia weekend on 14-15 May, the Queen Jubilee week starting 28-29 and the three Pistes Sportive on the 4-5 June).

 

Route Details

Day 1 – Larbert to Pitlochry

Easy group ride

Meet at the Station Hotel at 9am

Ride out at 9:15am.

Two stops planned, at Crieff and Dunkeld.

 https://www.strava.com/routes/2907644352341826168


Day 2- Les Trios Pistes avec FBC

Route including the Spittal of Glenshee, The Lecht, Cairngorm Mountain

A total 112 miles – the Full IronMan distance!

An option to skip Cairngorm at the end for anyone too tired to make the last climb.

https://www.strava.com/routes/2907651203960525404

This is the same route that the KOM Events organizers have used before  - £90 entrance fee.

Planned for 4th June 2022.

https://komevents.com/index.php/3-pistes-sportive/


Day 3 – Aviemore to Pitlochry along the NCR

Start with a fun Hill Climb - Club challenge up Aviemore Carpark – 3.2 miles

OFFICIAL 100Climbs No67 Cairn Gorm | Strava Ride Segment in Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom

Followed by:

https://www.strava.com/routes/2907775518557835282

Sunday Social Ride – lunch stop in Dalwhinnie – easy paced 60 miles (slower)

Sunday Training Ride- reverse of the Saturday route over the 3 ski centres – 112 miles (faster)

Train Station allows travel back to Pitlochry or Larbert in case of any mechanical issues. 


Day 4 – Return to Larbert via Glen Quaich

https://www.strava.com/routes/2907781976904178706

Easy paced no-drop ride

Two Stops on the way home – at Kenmore (before Glen Quaich) and Crieff for late lunch


Posted by Stephen D