Scotland 14 Ride It


Well done to everyone who made it over to Callander on the weekend for what were a great couple of days of riding.

Your times are available using the links below

Saturday MTB

Sunday Sportive

For any changes or queries please email Mike using the email address at the top of the times page.

Many thanks

The RideIt! Team



Hi All.

Today was MTB course setting :-) It wasn’t as wet as yesterday but it wasn’t dry parched ground either……. We have looked at the forecast weather and conditions on the mountains today and decided to run a shorter long route. This comes in at about 34 miles with the optional climb ( See below) and is an out and back route. When you get to the turn around sign, just reverse your route back to the drink station. Please do not ride the previously advertised route – it will be too dangerous and we are not covering it on our ride anymore so you could be stuck up the mountain with no one knowing you are there.

The short stays pretty much the same.

Optional Climb. From the first drink station there is an optional climb to a fantastic viewpoint over Aberfoyle. It’s about a 15-20minute slog but well worth it ( provided the weather is clear enough) and then a great descent back to the drink station – beware of fellow riders coming up the hill!! This adds about 2miles on to the route but both sets of GPX TCX files include this climb, so not doing it will deduct about 2miles from the advertised distances. We might even give some additional High 5 products if you can prove you did the climb – details in the pre-ride briefing.

Last little thing. Towards the start of the off road section you will turn left just after a Loch. The next couple of miles has varying ground conditions…… From rocky technical, to very muddy, to both at the same time. Please ride what you feel happy with, walk the rest, no one cares if you can’t ride it or how fast you got around. It’s not a race. The best line is often through the puddles as the water has washed the mud away at this point. Please do not cause excessive erosion by trying to avoid the mud, get it there and revel in being at one with the countryside :-)

See you tomorrow


UPDATE 20/03

Hi All

We’ve been out in the wind, rain, cold and more wind to day putting out the road routes for you – aren’t we nice :-) As usual I got the long loop, and it’s great! We have emailed everyone a while ago to say that we had to change the planned route and took out the closed road section. Well the good news is that I rode about half of the new route and saw 3 cars, and on about 3/4s of the route I saw about 15 cars – so it’s not a moterway!! There is a small setion of the long, straight after the split, that is on a fairly busy road, but bear with it and you’ll get miles of quiet road as compensation. So, on to the details for the weekend.





PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION. You will not be able to register without it and you’ll have to go back to your car to retrieve it.


There is parking on site but not enough for all of you. Once this is full we have overflow parking in MacLaren High School ( don’t go there first as the gate will be locked) We will put up signs and marshals to direct you there but basically back towards Callander 100mtrs and on the right. Once/if this is full then please find somewhere to park in Callander itself. Do not park in the residential area opposite.


This is in the sports hall, follow signs to registration. There are loos and showers available and they’ll be warm ( well the showers anyway!!)


Due to the current and predicted weather we are still not 100% on the viability of the long loop. It’s very remote and high so we don’t want to take you anywhere dangerous – there is snow on the mountains here and we won’t know until tomorrow if that snow is on our route.

At the very least we will have a 32mile route out which will take you into the mountains and then turn you around and bring you back  This will be in place even if we run the full long route)

So, please check back here around 6pm tomorrow to see what we have decided to do.

It’s not a race!

Please give way to other trail users, walkers, horse riders etc. If you come across a Horse, please let the rider know you are there in plenty of time and follow their instructions. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people and you are responsible for you actions and the consequences!! Please close all gates that you open.


The roads are in winter conditions. Please make sure you can repair a puncture or two. We will come to your aid but it might take us a while depending upon where the vans are and where you are, much better to be prepared.

Again – there might be some cold/rainy/snowy weather over the weekend. With this in mind the courses might be changed at any point so please follow any instructions you are given. If we close down a loop, then it’s because it’s dangerous so please don’t ignore us and ride it anyway as there is every possibility that we won’t be able to get to you in the case of an emergency.

Long loop is closed at 1pm as it’s  30miles in – last start time is 9.45am

Distances are approx.

Short -25miles 2600ft climbing

Medium -57miles  4700ft climbing

Long -81miles  6600ft climbing

Drink stations are approximately at:-

Short, medium,long – 9miles

Medium,long – 26 and 40miles

Long – 26, 44 and 64 miles

This is not a race!!

Please obey the highway code, stop at junctions and only ride two abreast where it is safe to do so – not on main roads or winding country lanes where cars travelling at speed will not be able to see you and stop!!!! If you cause and accident, you are responsible for the consequences and any costs.

GPX files

Everyone who has pre-entered will have received a pre-event mail that has links to the GPX files and a guide to show you have to view them interactively. If you have not received this by 7pm tonight please check you junk folder, old accounts, your partners email if they booked and make sure you check the address you booked with! These are all common causes for not getting the mail. If you still don’t have them then email me on I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.

See you all there!




Chris Russell 5/02/2014

Please provide or direct me to a map of the new medium route (rideit Scotland)

    Tony Nicoll 20/03/2014

    You’ll find a link to the GPX files in your e-mail.  Download the medium route gpx file to your desktop.  Open BikeHike link and open create a course.  Then upload the gpx file from your desktop. You can view/print a map.  Worked for me. See you on Sunday.

Steve Stanton 8/02/2014

I’ve got a hybrid bike – no suspension but 700 x 40 tyres on a Focus Crater Lake. Would my bike be up to the terrain on the medium route? Would I need to upgrade tyres to something wider (currently Scwalbe Smart Sams) or do I really need an MTB? Not having been on the Callander route before so wouldn’t want to turn up underprepared. My set up copes fine on grass, gravel, cobbles, but mud and rocks are a no-no. Any advice appreciated. Cheers.

Niall 17/02/2014

If your looking to add 6 miles to the Long Sportive why not send everybody up and down the Crowe road… its a nice tough climb from Fintry

Andy 20/03/2014

There is snow forecast over the next few days – is it likely the long route will be cancelled?
I beleive most of the route is on weatherproof tracks, but are there any sections that are likely to get very muddy?

    Mark Gregory 20/03/2014

    Hi Andy, We’ll be riding the mountain bike course tomorrow so we will be able to report on the route conditions afterwards. At the moment we don’t have any plans to cancel the long loop but we’ll be better placed to make a final call after riding it tomorrow.

mark munro 21/03/2014

is there any places for sunday from people dropping out???

    Mark Gregory 21/03/2014

    Hi Mark, Sorry we’re not expecting any places to become available from people dropping out.

David 22/03/2014

Can you post photos from Scotland today so we can have an idea on the weather conditions before tomorrow’s sportive?

Brian 24/03/2014

Any one taking photo’s of the riders on course?


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