Team Captain, Paul McCrorey decided upon entering this event that the club should be 'In for a penny, in for the pound' and tackle Kinross's new Black Route.
The Black Route is the longest event of this particular Sportive with 88miles/142km with testing climbs that will accumulate to 5774ft/1760m. These undulating roads with very steep hills is going to zap the legs from the boys, however recently they have been training hard and are currently adapting their usually training schedule for these climbs which on paper wont be easy.
The first 25km wont be a stretch in the park it will be a testing opener with undulating roads before the team tackle the first major obstacle.
Leslie to Lomond is a 3.3km road reaching a peak of 310m with avg gradient of 6%, ouch thats gonna hurt before the boys even get to some of the steeper climbs
After reaching the peak the lads will saviour and catch their breath on the fast 5km descent to Faklands to be faced again with the next 40km of rolling, undulating roads during this section the boys will probably stop and recharge the energy levels with the first feed station at 50km.
Hopefully they wont have wasted too much energy, with 70kms of hard testing roads already in their legs the boys will need to stay together and help and encourage everyone along on this section of the Sportive, as they are now faced with ~30km of difficult climbs,descents and climbs again and all this begins with what is known to locals as Dragon Hill.
Dragon Hill will be a stern test for any seasoned amateur with 3.03km of avg 6%, that sounds great on paper however this MONSTER of a hill has inclines ~20% so is likely to zap everyone's legs leaving everyone holding on to that last once of breath before tackling the next 9.2km of avg 0% yes that will make it sound flat.... but its anything other than flat
Path of Condie to Glenfarg is ~9.2km of serious climbing, undulating hills with sections peaking 261m above sea level with inclines ~10%. after this 10km they are then face with more rolling terrain before reaching the second and final feed station.
Last but no means least the final hill climb of the day belongs to Dunning Common, according to the Sportive-Kinross website this will be their 'TIMED' hill climb of the day, yes you read that correctly, after 105km of serious climbing and testing undulating hills here we have the TIMED hill climb race!!, I think this hill will be to survive, not race but will anyone have the LEGS (haha) to challenge themselves and race up this climb.
The current STRAVA KOM for the 5km hill avg 5% is at 11.27min, wont image any of us challenging that time on this Sportive.....
Once Dunning Common has been ascended and peaked then is the enjoyable and thankful descent of the final 20km back to Kinross Headquarters.
Hoping the weather gods are kind so that this event can be enjoyed and not loathed.. however will the boys have time to learn about the Witches and Dragons of this ancient area!!!