Variety of stunning routes revealed for Macmillan Cycletta Scotland
9th July 2015
We’re excited to reveal the routes for this year’s women-only Macmillan Cycletta Scotland, which will set off from the beautiful grounds of Scone Palace on Sunday 19th July.
The Cycletta Scotland route is arguably the most challenging of all the Cycletta events and takes in some breathtaking scenery along the way. The routes, which comprise of 20km, 50km, 100km and the newly introduced 150km distances, will see hundreds of ladies take to the Perthshire countryside on two wheels, passing through towns and villages such as Balbeggie, Eassie, Kettins and Burrleton.
The ascent out of Scone although an early test is instantly rewarding, with its summit just before Guildtown where the 20km route splits. The route calms as it meanders through Balbeggie between the rolling hills, and it is here where the 50km route turns off towards Collace leaving the longer distances to peddle and ascend onwards towards Newtyle.
The undulations don’t stop there though and the climb out of Newtyle towards Eassie is simply stunning, and the feed station here is a welcome sight. Crossing the Castleton Junction it is here that the ladies on the 100km and the monumental 150km route (a first for Cycletta) part ways. Winding through the endless vistas and valleys around the Kirkton of Kingoldrum and past Bridgend of Linrarthen it isn’t long until the 100 and 150km routes remerge South of Ruthven.
The North side of the route is much kinder, with riders passing through flatter farming lands past Kettins and Coupar Angus. Now remerging with the 50km route North of Collace, it’s on to Burrleton and soon the next challenging climb of Wolfhill with its seemingly never ending summit.
The last section of the route is arguably the gentlest and the reverse of the start. Descending down from Guildtown, picking up with the novice route on the way. A quick hello is had to Stormontfield before riders arrive back at Scone to a Royal Palace welcome.
Macmillan Cycletta Scotland is open to women of all ages and abilities and, for those looking to make it a family day out there is also a Scootathlon taking place on the same day. The Scootathlon is a mini fun triathlon for children between the ages of 4 and 8 where they scoot, bike and run.
Click here for more information and to enter.