I’m riding the Tour of the Highlands in May raising funds for the MS Society. I kicked it all off with a route-art ride in the shape of the letters MS - 103 miles in October. Now I fancy giving a similar route another go, hopefully with a few folk joining me - this time 200 miles.
14th April - We're all good for tomorrow :) Weather looking ok. Due to set off from St Andrews Westport at 5:15am. I will try to tweet progress as phone signal and battery allows!
2nd April - Part 1 of the route has been shortened, and part 4 lengthened. The part 1 double back is now at Collessie rather than Freuchie, and part 4 goes up to Collessie rather than Freuchie. Want to ensure we get round to the final cafe stop before closing time!
Saturday 15th April 2017, 200 miles, just over 10,000ft ascent, in the shape of the letters MS, starting and finishing in St Andrews. Cafe stops roughly every 50 miles, I’d love it if anyone wants to join me for any leg of the journey (estimated timings below), or even the whole thing :)
0 miles - South Street, St Andrews
Depart 5:15am from near the West Port.
- South Street, St Andrews
- Stratheden Hospital via Cupar on the A91
- Guardbridge retrace back
- Newburgh via St Michaels and Coarse Brae
- Collessie, and retrace back to Newburgh
47 miles - Newburgh
Buttercup Cafe - breakfast stop - cafe opens at 8am. Planned stop 40 mins.
Leave not later than 8:50am.
- Duncrevie (just after 10am) via Aberargie and Wicks o Baiglie
- Retrace back then towards Bridge of Earn and Dunning
- Cleish via Dunning Glen, Powmill
- Milnathort from Cliesh
99 miles - Milnathort
Heaven Scent - lunch stop - cafe may be busy, garden round the back if the weather is good. Planned stop 40 mins.
Leave not later than 12:45pm.
- Ballingry via Cleish and the Hill Road
- Up just past Wester Balgedie, and retrace back to Ballingry junction
- Markinch via Auchterderran
- Ceres via Freuchie, Kettlehill and Craigrothie
146 miles - Ceres
The Villager - afternoon stop - stock up on scones and cake for the final 56 miles. Anyone wishing to join here there is a large car park next to the Fife Folk Museum just around the corner. Planned stop 40 mins.
Leave not later than 4:25pm.
- Higham Toll before tracing back the route to Freuchie
- Up to Collessie before tracracing back to Markinch.
- Colinsburgh via Leven and Lower Largo
- South Street, St Andrews on the Anstruther road via Ovenstone
202 miles - St Andrews
St Andrews Brewing Company - a well earned pint, and they serve food to 9pm.
Sunrise: 6:07am - twilight 5:26am
Sunset: 8:19pm - twilight 9:00pm
- South Street
|0||0||0h 0m||05:15||0h 0m||05:30|
- Buttercup Cafe
|47.2||47.2||2h 57m||08:12||2h 47m||08:16|
- Heaven Scent
|98.8||51.6||6h 51m||12:05||6h 29m||11:58|
- The Villager
|146.2||47.4||10h 28m||15:43||9h 56m||15:26|
- St Andrews Brew Co
|202.7||56.5||14h 40m||19:55||13h 55m||19:25|
|arrival times apart from the first row|
Gemma, my better half, will be in the car preparing and meeting us at each stop. She will carry some simple spares like inner tubes and a track pump.
For the whole thing
You are welcome to join from the start in St Andrews and back round 200 miles later! I'm going to do the ride as a DIY Audax 300km. It is important that I keep as close as possible to the times above - to keep arrangements at the cafe stops - if your pace is faster or slower no problem, hopefully there will be a couple of groups going round :)
For part of the ride between cafe stops
Equally join at Newburgh, Milnathort, Ceres or anywhere else and do part of the ride :)
For coffee, cake, or a celebratory drink at the end
Or rendezvous with us at one of the stops!
If possible please RSVP (Facebook link) - the cafes have asked if I can forewarn them of rough numbers so they can prepare and keep us moving in order to get round in daylight :)
Comments? Tweet me @mealybar, smoke signals, or homing pigeon, or something :)