The annual Sportive of Kinross is fast approaching and this is an early event with the Velo colours on display. 2019 will be the second time the boys have taken to this Sportive.

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!!!

06 Mar 2019 : 12:17 by GFoley
Hill climb season is fast approaching and Matt has arranged for the club to host an event on the Lyle Hill on the 21st of October. 1 mile of torture up an average of 7% makes me see all sorts of colours as I hyperventilate up the hill. Just when you think you're at the top you realise you still have a few more yards to go to the time keeper.
If you want to see the Strava segment follow this link:

To get entered into the event go to and sign up if you haven't already!
You can register to race up until the 14th of October at 23:59, so no excuses.
Thanks to Matt for setting this up and keeping the club on the racing scene!
09 Aug 2018 : 09:30 by Alastair
At the turn of the year I had been scouting the internet to try and find a long distance event to aim for as a motivation to see me through the cold winter months on the bike.
I have been to France a few times and really like cycling there but I like to travel new roads rather than going to the same place all the time. Seeing the event in Bordeaux really piqued my interest, I had never been down in the south west of France before and the route would take in some of the Pyrenean climbs so that was it I was sold on it and the entry was fired off in January.

Next step get the miles in, as we all know the weather for the first part of the year was pretty awful culminating in the “beast from the east” quickly followed by the “beast from the east 2” giving us some rather unprecedented snow fall and severely curtailing the cycling. Worrying times for my training schedule but all worked out as we were blessed with the best summer weather in over 40 years.

Thankfully our hot weather prepared me somewhat for the even hotter weather I was to experience in the south of France (peaking out at 34 Deg ).
I arrived a few days before the event started allowing me to get the bike built back up after a rather painless flight from Glasgow. Event registration and bike check followed and then a short shake down ride along part of the route just to get a feel for what was to come. Boy was it hot, I only went 25 miles but drank two full bottles – I was going to have to think hard about how I was going to ride this event or else I was going to crash and burn for sure.

The event was due to start on the Sunday evening so after checking out of the hotel I spent most of the rest of the day at the event HQ dozing and keeping out of the sun. With just over 150 riders starting that evening I had met up with a couple of riders from England (Richard Evans and David Bradshaw) and we kind of informally agreed to start at the back of the field and ride steady and see how it went.

After all the hanging around it was eventually time for the off, the first part of the route was mostly on cycle paths as we negotiated our way out of the north side of Bordeaux and eventually headed in to the Dordogne region. Even when the sun went down around 10pm the temperature was still high, eventually I rode through the whole night in short sleeves and shorts and no feeling of being cool at all.
02 Aug 2018 : 12:37 by ROBERTO