Audax Calendar

Audax Ecosse Events: 2013

See also my 2013 Audax Ecosse interactive map!

I started this as an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the rides I wanted to do in 2013, all on one page. Then I thought it might be useful as an online audax calendar for others too, and have bulked it out with the remainder of the Scottish calendar rides. Where possible I’ve stolen parts of the ‘official’ descriptions, otherwise I’ve had to rely on memory…

You can enter all rides now, via PayPal through the official page link, except where noted otherwise. Generally two weeks notice is required, and rides may fill up far in advance. Please let me know of any errors or omissions.

I’ve bundled up all GPX traces into a zip file which you can download here. (Note that you can download the individual audax gpx traces from each entry). These may or may not be the final routes, so use with due caution!


Tour of East Lothian 100km, ~1400m ascent

Tour of East Lothian

When: 17th February, 10AM

Where: Musselburgh, e. Edinburgh [map]

How much: £6 by post only

Route: From Musselburgh the ride climbs steadily inland to Gifford, then up to the high point on Redstone Rig in the Lammermuirs.

Turn east, then soon north-west as the route descends sharply to the plains. Watch out for “heroic” road surfaces!

The route proceeds to Dunbar for a cafe stop, then returns fairly directly to Musselburgh (via Haddington and the coast road from Longniddry).

Links: Official page, Tour of East Lothian map [unofficial]

GPX: Tour of East Lothian GPX


Forth and Tay 200km, 2500m ascent

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When: 10th March, 8AM

Where: Dalmeny, w. Edinburgh [map]

How much: £7

Route: From Dalmeny ride up the Forth valley, crossing to the north side on the Forth bridge, to Gleneagles via Dollar.

Turn east and descend to the Tay, following the coast out past the Tay bridge to Newport.

The return leg visits St Andrews and the Lomond Hills Regional Park, crossing the Forth bridge again to the finish.

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Forth and Tay GPX


More Passes Than Mastermind3AAA, 200km, 3000m ascent

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When: 6th April, 8AM

Where: Symington, Biggar [map]

How much: £7

Route: New for this year… a dramatic ride through the Crawick, Mennock, and Dalveen passes.

Includes a climb to the top of the Green Lowther on Scotland’s highest navigable road, before heading north on the Devil’s Beef Tub.

Not to be missed?

Note that due to crazy snow, this year’s route was modified to be as follows.

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: More Passes than Mastermind GPX


Port Navigation200km, 2650m ascent

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When: 13th April, 8AM

Where: Ballachulish [map]

How much: £10

Route: Three ferries and some wonderful west coast scenery!

Ride south along the coast from Ballachulish village to Oban, catching the ferry to Mull.

Take the long way around Mull to the Fishnish ferry, enjoying ocean views on both sides of the island.

A steady climb north from Lochaline is rewarded by the screaming descent by Strontian, followed by quiet roads to the Corran ferry, and the finish.

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Port Navigation GPX


Merse and Moors4.25AAA, 300km, 4200m ascent

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When: 20th April, 6AM

Where: Musselburgh, e. Edinburgh [map]

How much: £5

Route: South from Edinburgh through the Borders and some choice climbs, including the winch up to the border at Carter Bar.

Ride through Northumberland National Park, turning for the coast and Alnwick via (more) steep bits.

The return, on minor roads by Coldstream, Duns and Dunbar, is thankfully less hilly!

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Merse and Moors GPX


Amulree for Tea150km, ~1500m ascent

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When: 4th May, 9AM

Where: Forfar [map]

How much: £6.50

Route: A loop west from Forfar, passing through Coupar Angus, with a 50km loop on minor roads west of the A9 (crossing by Bankfoot and Dunkeld).

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Amulree for Tea GPX


Lintrathen Loop50km, ? ascent

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When: 4th May, 10AM

Where: Forfar [map]

How much: £2.50

Route: An easy run up to Kirrie, round Lintrathen Loch, with a break at Peel Farm, then back on some hillier roads via Airlie and Drumgley.

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Lintrathen Loop GPX


Glen Isla100km, ~667m ascent

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When: 5th May, 8:30AM

Where: Forfar [map]

How much: £5.00

Route: A loop from Forfar to Kirkmichael, outbound via Alyth and by Lintrathen Loch on the return.

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: Glen Isla GPX


Deeside Loop2AAA, 200km, 2450m ascent

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When: 5th May, 8AM

Where: Forfar [map]

How much: £6.00

Route: A loop from Forfar through Braemar and Ballater, passing over the mighty Glenshee and Cairn O’Mount climbs.

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: Deeside Loop GPX


Berwick & Beattock400km, ~3800m ascent

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When: 11th May, 7AM

Where: South Queensferry, W Edinburgh [map]

How much: £2.00

Route: Getting the miles in… ride around almost the whole of southeast Scotland with controls at Carlisle and Berwick!

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: Berwick and Beattock GPX


The Snow Roads4.75AAA, 300km, ~4800m ascent

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When: 25th May, 6AM

Where: Kirriemuir [map]

How much: £10.00

Route: A classic route round the central highlands, featuring the mouthwatering attractions of the Cairn o’Mount, the Cabrach, the Lecht, and Cairnwell, with 4800m of climbing fun.

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: The Snow Roads GPX


A Fyne Cowal200km, ~2650m ascent

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When: 1st June, 8AM

Where: Bridge of Weir, nr Glasgow [map]

How much: £10.00

Route: Down the Clyde to the ferry at Greenock, then criss-crossing the Cowal peninsula on some meaty climbs and fantastic lochside scenery…

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: A Fyne Cowal GPX


The Deeside Lass7.75AAA, 600km, 7750m ascent

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When: 8th June, 6AM

Where: Dalmeny, W Edinburgh [map]

How much: £10.00

Route: Promising to be a full epic, this ride combines the classic Deeside Loop and Erit Lass routes to create an audax fusion spanning two hilly ranges: the Cairngorms and Lammermuirs.

Lots of AAA points up for grabs, and the figure-of-eight route layout means a return to the start/finish controls for a sleep stop and replenishment.

Surely a highlight of 2013!

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: The Deeside Lass GPX


Tongue Twister300km, ?m ascent

When: 22nd June, 6am

Where: Portmahomack, n of Inverness [map]

How much: £5.00

Route: “300km cycling event starting from Portmahomack, IV20. Controls at Brora, Melvich, Tongue and Crask, plus 1 information control.”

Links: Official page, GPS route map (no map)

GPX: not available


Easter Ross Ramble100km, ?m ascent

When: 22nd June, 10am

Where: Portmahomack, n of Inverness [map]

How much: £2.00

Route: “100km cycling event starting from Portmahomack, IV20. Controls at Fortrose, Alness and Tain.”

Links: Official page, GPS route map (no map)

GPX: not available


Cromarty Cruise200km, 995m ascent

cromarty

When: 23rd June, 8am

Where: Portmahomack, n of Inverness [map]

How much: £5.00

Route: A particularly flat ride; from Portmahomack down and around the Black Isle.

Plenty of coastal views!

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: Cromarty Cruise GPX


Alston and Back300km, 2700m ascent

When: 29th June, 6am

Where: Galashiels [map]

How much: £5.00

Route: “300km cycling event starting from Galashiels. Controls at Eskdalemuir, Langholm, Gretna Services, Alston, Langholm and Tushielaw Inn.”

Links: Official page, GPS route map (no map)

GPX: not available


Crystal Run1.5AAA, 100km, 1600m ascent

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When: 21st Jul, 10am

Where: Musselburgh, e. Edinburgh [map]

How much: £5.00

Route: A challenging route through East Lothian and over the Lammermuirs.

Only 100km but a respectable 1600m of ascent makes this a ride to wake up your legs!

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Crystal Run GPX


Forres Foray200km, ?m ascent

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When: 24th August, 8am

Where: Newtonmore [map]

How much: £3.00

Route: A loop from Newtonmore to the coast, taking in Nairn, Forres, and Grantown.

Lots of really nice roads in a part of the country that is definitely less trodden on two wheels…

Doesn’t involve riding on the A9!

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: Forres Foray GPX


Grantown Gallop100km, ~350m ascent

grantown

When: 24th August, 10am

Where: Newtonmore [map]

How much: £2.00

Route: A cut-down version of the Forres Foray, offering a shorter option up to Grantown and back.

Links: Official page, GPS route map (unofficial)

GPX: Grantown Gallop GPX


Erit Lass3AAA, 200km, 3000m ascent

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When: 8th September, 8am

Where: Musselburgh, e. Edinburgh [map]

How much: £7.00

Route: A tough challenge on largely deserted roads in the Borders and East Lothian – the first flat leg to North Berwick is just to lull you into a false sense of security!

The route then turns inland for stiff climbs to Innerleithen, more between Innerleithen and Duns, all capped by a transit of the Lammermuirs to finish.

Watch out for the ford!

Links: Official page, GPS route map

GPX: Erit Lass GPX


Dave Harris Memorial3AAA, 200km, 2900m ascent

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When: 15th September 24th March, 8AM

Where: Rosewell, s. Edinburgh [map]

How much: £10 by post only

Route: From Rosewell ride south on gently rolling road to the start of the hilly section at Tweedsmuir.

The next 70km includes four significant valley-to-valley climbs: Talla, Berry Bush, Witchy Knowe and Paddock Slack. Excellent for stretching the legs!

A quick visit to Peebles is followed by a main-road blast down to the pub at Clovenfords then return via the A7.

Links: Official page, GPS route map [unofficial]

GPX: Dave Harris Memorial GPX


Ivy’s Mid Scotland Meander100km, 1311m ascent

When: 13th October, 9am

Where: Kirkintilloch [map]

How much: £7.00

Route: “100km cycling event starting from Kirkintilloch, Sports Centre. Controls at Luckenburn and Polkemmet Country Park, plus 6 information controls.”

Links: Official page, GPS route map (no map)

GPX: not available

1 Comment

  1. Alan Kain

    Hi Dave , our Club Audax , is new on the Calendar this year , 25th August ; Four Passes -200 km route , and Covenanters Trail – 100km route .
    Both start and finish at the Royal Albert Cycling Club ,Club Hut in Larkhall , Lanarkshire .
    Thought these might be of intrest to you , best wishes , alan kain ( club chairman )

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