"Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit" Edward Abbey
2 day self-supported bikepacking gravel ride 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.
#scotduro23 runs on the first weekend in September:
The route is 340km long with 5,300m 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.
The route uses 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. Prior to 2022 the route we used missed out a couple of the rougher sections of Stu's mainline route but this caused issues with FKTs.