Kintyre Way ultramarathon/Cycle

6th May

The Kintyre Way Ultra Marathon is being expanded and relaunched for 2017 to include a 73 mile cycle race, new sponsors and a host of event improvements.
The Kintyre Way Ultra, which first ran in 2006, has grown in popularity year-on-year.  May 2016 saw 80 individual runners and 16 relay teams taking part in the gruelling 35 mile marathon which includes a 1300 metre ascent over three stages, set against the idyllic backdrop of the Kintyre peninsula.

The new cycle race begins at Corranbuie, South of Tarbert, and ends at a new finishing point in Campbeltown which will be set up to cater for both runners and cyclists.  Dubbed the ‘Ultra village’, this will provide food, drink, music, sports massage, workshops, activities, and a kids fun area; catering for runners, riders, their bikes and families.

Improved facilities will also enable the event to expand, with up to 200 able to take part in the marathon / relay race, and up to 100 taking part in the cycle race.

The 2017 event will consist of a 35 mile Ultra marathon, 35 mile relay race and 73 mile cycle race.  It will take part on Saturday 6th May 2017.

The Kintyre Way first opened in 2006 after many years of planning and discussions with the Forestry Commission and local landowners.  Originally 87 miles long, it was recently extended to its present-day 100 mile route in 2014. 

Cycle hire is available from Wheels Cycling Centre

Contact John on 01877 331100 or email – john@wheelscyclingcentre.com

Entry  -  http://www.kintyreway.com/ultra/

Race to the Summit

14th May

A new event covering some of the most spectacular scenery across Scotland.
87 miles cycle, 25.2 miles run, this is truely an epic adventure.
Starting in Glasgow at 4am, you will make your way to the base of Ben Nevis, cycling throughout the morning, the route will be way marked.  However it is important that you make yourself familiar with the route before the event, this will be available closer to the time of the event.  Approx. distance 87 miles
Run To The Summit of Ben Nevis is a 25.2 mile journey of self discovery across Britain’s highest mountain.  With exceptional landscape and some of the most stunning scenery in Europe this event is worth the effort. 
This event is one of three in a series, check out the website for further details.


Cycle hire is available from Wheels Cycling Centre

Contact John on 01877 331100 or email – john@wheelscyclingcentre.com


Etape Caledonia -  Marie Curie

21st May


The 81 mile course takes in some of the most breathtaking views the Scottish Highlands has to offer and is a must do for both cycling enthusiasts and first timers looking to experience the thrill of riding on completely closed roads in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Entry at http://etapecaledonia.co.uk

Road Bike Hireis available from Wheels Cycling Centre

Contact John on 01877 331100 or email – john@wheelscyclingcentre.com

Rat Race The Crossing

2nd - 4th June

Get ready to tackle 200 gnarly miles over 3 days as you take on the fully waymarked, stunning tracks that span through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors sampling some of the UK’s finest mountain biking as you go, alongside jaw-dropping scenery.
Entry at http://www.ratracecrossing.com/

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Rob Roy Challenge - Martin Currie

TBC June

The Rob Roy Challenge is a fund raising event that is now entering its 11th year. It was launched in 2006 and has enabled over 5,500 hardy souls to battle the Scottish wilderness and raise almost £3million for a number of worthy charities. It has been one of the most successful fundraising events in Scotland and with your support it will continue to grow and benefit charities for years into the future.
After the successful 10th year in 2015, the event sees an update to the route to simplify logistics for competitors while adding an enhanced variety of challenging route options. With a central base now at Kenmore competitors no longer need to provide their own support teams, however we do encourage friends and family to come along to support challengers at Kenmore and to enjoy the Rob Roy Challenge Festival weekend.
Also, for the first time we are offering two cycle-only options; covering the cycle sections of Big Red and Schiehallion’s Shadow.

There will be a variety of bikes for hire including road, cross,hybrid and MTB

Entry and bike hire booking at http://www.robroychallenge.com/

Trossachs Ton - Action Medical Research

18th June

The Trossachs Ton offers the mighty Double Duke; two ascents of the Dukes Pass on the Champion route. It's one of the best ride outs in Scotland in an area of outstanding beauty with mountains and forests, making this bike ride such a pleasure despite the hills.
Starting out from Stirling with a choice of two distances, the Classic 75 mile route offers a nice ride with with Crow Road and a single Duke pass whilst the Champion route at 106 miles is ideal if you’re an experienced Sportive rider.
Expect a great day in the saddle raising funds to help sick and disabled babies and children on this cycling event with first class support throughout the day.

Entry at https://www.action.org.uk/trossachs-ton
Hybrid and Road bike hire available from Wheels Cycling Centre contact john@wheelscyclingcentre.com

Run Mhor half marathon

24th June

Run Mhor will take place on Saturday 24th June 2017. Based at Mhor 84, just off the A84, Balquhidder, participants and spectators will be able to take advantage of Mhor 84's fantastic array of food and drink to help you fuel up or relax before, during and after the event. Runners will also be able to enjoy a complimentary post race pint of Mhor 84 lager or soft drink.
The Run Mhor half marathon incorporates 2 loops with the mid point of the event returning to Mhor 84. Loop 1 takes runners towards the village of Balquhidder, past the church where Rob Roy is buried and the head of Loch Voil. Runners continue on the road towards Strathyre and then on to the new section of cycle track back to Mhor 84.
Entry and details - http://www.runmhor.net/
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Corrieyairack Challenge

1st July

Now in its 24th year the Corrieyairack challenge is Scotland toughest duathlon taking place over Scotlands highest mountain road.
Following in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie you can choose to run, walk or cycle over General Wades military road built at the time of the Jacobite risings in the eighteenth century.
Starting in Fort Augustus you travel 52 miles by foot or bike ( or both) to the finish at The Badaguish centre in Aviemore.
All money raised will go towards respite care holidays at the Badaguish Centre.
Entry at http://www.corrieyairack.org/

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City to Summit

2nd July

This is City to Summit, an iconic journey between the historic heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and the summit of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. The route is an absolute belter: Starting with a half marathon of road running from the centre of Auld Reekie and culminating in a crossing of the famous Forth (road!) Bridge to North Queensferry, it continues with a stunning 180km road bike leg snaking its way into the Highlands. Then, ditch the bike to transfer back to foot for the final marathon-distance off-road assault on The Ben.
With a finish line set in spectacular Fort William, you will have 20 hours to tame this Brute. It is no small undertaking and those who do reach the end will have achieved something truly remarkable, having traversed one of the most famous mountain landscapes on Earth. Brought to you by Rat Race, the UK’s most progressive and inspiring adventure brand with a reputation for slick production, you can be assured that the quality of the event on offer will be first-class. There are only 500 places up for grabs.
Bike hire is available from Wheels Cycling Centre

Contact John on 01877 331100 or email john@wheelscyclingcentre.com

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Kindrochit Quadrathlon

8th July

The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon (The Quad) is an exhilarating test of stamina, strength and fitness through some of the most spectacular and historic areas of the Scottish Highlands. It will be a weekend you never forget and you’ll need to be on form – this is a tough event!
The Quad is an event for those who relish the challenge of a one-day endurance test. The event is designed to be accessible to people of all abilities, from more experienced athletes who want to push themselves to the limit or those who wish to set themselves a new challenge and improve their fitness. But make no mistake this will be a serious challenge and will test your fitness, robustness and resilience to the limit. Participants should have some experience in all four disciplines, ideally with some solid and consistent training however individuals with even a basic level of fitness can complete the event.

Entry at http://www.artemisgreatkindrochit.com/

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Pedal for Parkinsons

7th August

Take part in the Pedal for Parkinson's event in Stirling this summer to have fun, get fit - and make a difference for people with Parkinson's.
With a choice of either a 20 mile blast,  40 mile blaze or  60 mile burn routes though central Scotland's beautiful countryside, there's a distance to suit everyone. 
There's no minimum sponsorship but they ask that each cyclist tries to raise at least £100. Help them reach their goal of £140,000 from the 4 Pedal for Parkinson's events!

Entry at http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/pedal-parkinsons-stirling

Hybrid and road bike available for hire from Wheels Cycling Centre Contact john@wheelscyclingcentre.com

Killin 10K run

26th August

The 'Tay Fitness Killin 10K' returns for it's 6th year and will take place on Saturday 27th August 2016 at 12pm. The 2014 and 2015 events were SOLD OUT so sign up quickly to ensure you don't miss out in 2016. The event takes place in the picturesque village of Killin and is open to people of all fitness levels aged 15 years and older. The ‘Tay Fitness Killin 10K’, will start close to the Dochart Bridge, run down the Main Street and past the McLaren Hall (Event HQ). The route will then head out of the village and loop up Glen Lochay to the Hydro station before returning to the village and finishing in Breadalbane Park. Along the Main St there will be spectator opportunities and particularly at the finish in the park. The middle 6Km follows a beautiful slightly undulating loop of Glen Lochay. The first and last 2Km are slightly downhill or flat. Within the last 1Km there is a 100m section on grass but the rest of the route is entirely on tarmac.
Starting just after the Killin 10K event there will be a 1Km Family Fun Run. The run will start and finish at the same points as the 10K event, ensuring there is plenty of atmosphere and fun for all participants. The fun run is open to anyone over children to run with supervision at the parents discretion. 
All finishers in the 10K and fun run events will be given a medal and refreshments. Chip Timing and results by StuWeb for the 10K will be available immediately after you finsh. 
For more information please visit www.killin10k.co.uk or email killin10k@hotmail.co.uk

Sponsored by Wheels Cycling Centre

Bonnie Banks bike and hike

1st September

Welcome to an exciting new challenge event set to launch in Summer 2017. The Bonnie Banks Bike & Hike is a fully marshalled and way marked route that circumnavigates the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond by bike and foot.
Starting and finishing in the village of Luss on the western shores of Loch Lomond the route follows a network of designated cycle tracks, parts of the West Highland Way and in places breaks off the beaten track. Guaranteed that this event will provide you with the perfect challenge adventure with stunning scenery start to finish.  

A fantastic team event requiring your very own support team to meet you at points along the way and great support from the Ptarmigan Events team to help you reach your chosen goal with a choice of three finish locations depending on your team fitness level.

Entry at http://www.ptarmiganevents.co.uk/bonniebanks.htm

Bike hire available from Wheels Cycling Centre Contact john@wheelscyclingcentre.com

Pedal for Scotland -The big belter

10th September

The Pedal for Scotland Big Belter® is a  Sportive ride of 110 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The ride uses the same start and finish points as the Classic Challenge ride, but takes a completely separate route through the Scottish Borders, meaning you get the buzz of Scotland’s biggest bike event on a quieter route designed for road cyclists. The transport service will serve Big Belter® riders too, meaning there is an easy and hassle free way to get you and your bike to the start in Glasgow Green, or back home from Edinburgh at the finish.
The classic
The Classic Pedal for Scotland ride, the Challenge is now heading towards  its 18thyear! The 55 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh ride is the event’s most popular ride and attracted 7,500 participants in 2015.
The wee jaunt
The Wee Jaunt® provides a fantastic (and almost entirely traffic-free) route taking in the last 9 miles of the Classic Challenge route and joining the festival atmosphere with the rest of the Pedal for Scotland Classic Challenge and Big Belter® riders at the finish line in Edinburgh

Entry at http://www.pedalforscotland.org/

Bike hire available from Wheels Cycling Centre – contact john@wheelscyclingcentre.com


Ratrace Scotland Coast to Coast

8th-10th September

Rat Race’s original adventure race returns to the wild hills of Scotland. Join 1000 RatRacers as they run, bike and kayak over 105 miles through one of the most famous mountain landscapes in the world. Awe inspiring views and a stunningly epic course await you in the Scottish Highlands

Entry at http://www.ratracecoasttocoast.com

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Etape Royale

10th September

Returning for 2017 the Quilter Cheviot Etape Royale is a closed-road cycle sportive set in the regal surroundings of Scotland's majestic North East. 
Now featuring a 45-mile route as well as the 65 and 100-mile options, the closed-road route takes cyclists across Aberdeenshire and Moray’s breath-taking scenery, through the heart of whisky country and Royal Deeside

Entry at http://www.etaperoyale.com

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