Etape Caledonia ?

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Flexisurfer
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Flexisurfer » Sun Sep 23, 2012 16:41 pm

I've registered my interest for next year as a chap I work with has done it and said was really good. I'm going up to see my mum who lives in Scone so am taking the bike to try some of the hills. Can anyone recommend a route of say 50 miles which will include Sheilhallion? (hope I've spelt that right)

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Silly Old Hector » Sun Sep 23, 2012 16:59 pm

If you do the loop from Pitlochry straight from Kinloch Rannoch ( missing out the loch loop and the Fortingall loop) I think that is about 50 miles.
All the gear, but no idea...

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Inutero » Sun Sep 23, 2012 17:45 pm

After reading this thread, i've registered interest too. Been cycling for over a month. This should give me something to look forward to and give me a reason not to stop cycling during the winter months.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Rollemynot » Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:05 pm

Flexisurfer wrote:I've registered my interest for next year as a chap I work with has done it and said was really good. I'm going up to see my mum who lives in Scone so am taking the bike to try some of the hills. Can anyone recommend a route of say 50 miles which will include Sheilhallion? (hope I've spelt that right)

Let me know when you are coming up, it can be a bit depressing riding solo round there. There's a couple of good coffee stops too!

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Stueys » Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:26 pm

You've plenty of quality training time. Get a road bike now so you can train with it, get a turbo for winter and get 'The Cyclists Training Bible' by Joe Friel.

There are still a few good bargains around on last years bikes.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Focus-rider » Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:28 pm

Definitely doing it again next year. Last year was my first and did it solo and loved every second. Convinced I'm going to thrash my 2012 time.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby Rollemynot » Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:41 pm

Inutero wrote:After reading this thread, i've registered interest too. Been cycling for over a month. This should give me something to look forward to and give me a reason not to stop cycling during the winter months.

See my previous posts for my similar story - also live in Perth if you want an early Sunday 25 miler

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Sun Sep 23, 2012 19:49 pm

RandG wrote:Went and rode the route on my motorbike today to see what was involved, and although it's obvious that what goes down must go up, but most of the route seemed to be down hill :roll:

Other than the climb at Sch....Sch....thon mountain, the rest looks fairly easy :?


Its, IMO 'lumpy' around Queens View near the start, Schiehallion then 3 or 4 short sharpish shocks near the end. Great day out, you will all love it.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Sun Sep 23, 2012 20:15 pm

Looking at the profile on my fone app I tracked it does look like that from Fiscally to Queens View, and obviously the climb at Sch... Sch... thon Mountain, the Logierait climb doesn't seem to bad although I guess after 70 miles it will be. Just the bloody Winter to get over :roll:


http://www.sportstracklive.com/track/de ... cle/781703

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Sun Sep 23, 2012 20:20 pm

The left hander at Logierait is very short but steep. Approach on RH side of road, select low gear, swing over (if safe to) to the left, then up and over. Its the next 2 or 3 that 'surprised' me the first time I did it.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Sun Sep 23, 2012 20:41 pm

A bit more detail here...............http://app.strava.com/segments/1375592

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Sun Sep 23, 2012 20:49 pm

Silly Old Hector wrote:If you do the loop from Pitlochry straight from Kinloch Rannoch ( missing out the loch loop and the Fortingall loop) I think that is about 50 miles.


That's excellent, gona give that a go, though probably in Spring now.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Sun Sep 23, 2012 21:21 pm

d4evr wrote:A bit more detail here...............http://app.strava.com/segments/1375592


Nice one. 8)

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:55 am

d4evr wrote:The left hander at Logierait is very short but steep. Approach on RH side of road, select low gear, swing over (if safe to) to the left, then up and over. Its the next 2 or 3 that 'surprised' me the first time I did it.


This.

There’s a reason why Logierait gets big crowds of spectators at the top. It’s there to catch riders out. Select the wrong gear or take it too slowly and you’ll join the cacophony of crunching drive chains and swearing. If you’re in a big bunch you need to get to the front ASAP – Belgian style – because the last thing you want to do is have to weave through carnage. As d4ever says, the next selection of lumps post Logie will see off the unprepared.

I missed 2011 due to an accident but did it this year with a pre ride of the course the week before so I knew what was coming. One of the highlights of the day was flying up Logierait with crowds on either side cheering away – it felt pro ;-)
"Crevaison sur les paves..."

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby d4evr » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:57 pm

Yip it was almost Koppenberg-esque!

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Mon Sep 24, 2012 13:12 pm

As an absolute novice/newbie to it i canny wait til they open the entries, will give extra motivation. Sidees the night on the mtb in the howling gale...get in there.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Sep 24, 2012 14:48 pm

RandG wrote:As an absolute novice/newbie to it i canny wait til they open the entries, will give extra motivation. Sidees the night on the mtb in the howling gale...get in there.


You nutter! It’s wild out there today.
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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby RandG » Mon Sep 24, 2012 15:25 pm

Indeed but its an eastery wind so might blow me up to the masts and the other peaks.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby dexradio » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:28 am

I did a video of my 2011 ride, painfully slow up Schiehallion, but it was my second time to do the Caledonia. The video is here http://bit.ly/NtEq2U for anyone who wants an idea of the route/course etc.

Hope its of some interest to those planning to do the event :-)

Dex.

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Re: Etape Caledonia ?

Postby bompington » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:07 pm

RandG wrote:Indeed but its an eastery wind so might blow me up to the masts and the other peaks.

Well, did you make it or are we going to have to come and pull you down from one of the trees on Auchterhouse?


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