"Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit" Edward Abbey
2 day self-supported bikepacking gravel ride based on the Badger Divide route which masterfully links several existing routes with one another to create a direct line, >90% off-road and rideable on adventure/gravel bikes, down the heart of Scotland from Inverness to Glasgow, cutting glen after remote glen. 5 timed segments over the 2 days.
#scotduro20 runs on the first weekend in September:
Start: Sat 5 September 2020, 9am Inverness Castle [due to COVID-19 there will be no official start, just roll out when you get there]
End: Sun 6 September 2020, 8pm Drygate Bar & Kitchen in Glasgow [due to COVID-19 there will be no finishing drink, just go straight home]
Follow NHS Scotland advice on physical distancing for the duration of your ride. This is not a group event, we ride individually.
The route is 330km long with 5,500m of ascent, mostly off-road (>90% of the distance), to be ridden in two days.
You will most likely ride some of this route in the dark so front and rear lights are obligatory
This route is rough so at least 40mm tyres are recommended but of course you can do whatever you want.
There are 5 timed segments over the 2 days designed to test riders' strength, bike handling, and determination on a variety of surfaces over mixed terrain
Loch Ossian Youth Hostel are only offering private whole-hostel bookings this year. Unless you're lucky enough to have booked it, please plan to camp responsibly well away from the hostel. Rannoch Moor is pretty big, we're sure you'll find somewhere nice.
There is little to no food available between Fort Augustus and Killin, so be sure of your meal plans before leaving town.
330km of the finest Scottish gravel linking Inverness to Glasgow over some of the UK's most remote geography
The route is based on Stu Allan's #thebadgerdivide route which links together a number of existing routes (The Great Glen Way, Corrieyairack Pass, West Highland Way, etc) to create a direct line from Inverness to Glasgow.