On Sunday 19th August I am teaming up with Stuart Doyle and Alex Glasgow to mountain bike against the clock on a grueling 12-hour, 220km, coast-to-coast challenge across Scotland; from Buckie in the east, to Kinlochleven in the west.
Stuart approached me a few months ago about taking part in one of his Treble 12 challenges (a different 12 hour challenge each month) and I was then put in touch with Alex from from mountainbikeworldwide.com by our mutual friend Al Humphreys. Alex was the winner of the 2012 Celtman Extreme Triathlon and an all round XC hardman and so we are in good hands. In support we have Euan Wilson from Highlands and Islands Adventures.
None of us have ridden this entire route before – cycling 150 miles on an almost entirely off road route in 12 hours is a daunting task! The coast-to-coast journey that will race along the River Spey, through the Cairngorms National Park, then in to the heart of Monarch of the Glen country to finish in Kinlochleven.
You can follow the challenge on twitter @MrMarkBeaumont, @Stuart_Doyle and @HandIAdventures using #coasttocoast for event updates.
Wish us luck!
Stage 1 – Buckie to Fochabers – 14.5km
Stage 2 – Fochabers to Craigellachie – 19.5km – Total 34km
Stage 3 – Craigellachie to Grantown on Spey – 38km – Total 72km
Stage 4 – Grantown on Spey to Nethy Bridge – 8km – total 80km
Stage 5 – Nethy Bridge to Loch Morlich – 15km – Total 95km
Stage 6 – Loch Morlich to Feshiebridge – 19km – Total 114km
Stage 7 – Feshiebridge to Kingussie – 14km – Total 128km
Stage 8 – Kingussie to Newtonmore – 5km – Total 133km
Stage 9 – Newtonmore to Laggan – 12km – Total 145km
Stage 10 – Laggan to Loch Laggan – 10km – Total 155km
Stage 11 – Loch Laggan to Loch Ossian – 30km – Total 185km
Stage 12 – Loch Ossian to Kinlochleven – 33km – Total 218km approx
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