Participants have the choice of 81 mile or 46 mile routes for the Tayside Challenge. The start and finish of both routes are the same (Pitcairngreen) but the real difference is in the middle! On the longer route you divert from Dunkeld North to Ballinluig and then on some very quiet roads around Aberfeldy before you come to Kenmore. It’s here that you hit the major climb – a seriously steep ascent above Loch Tay. Remember to look over your shoulder for some spectacular views.
You join the shorter route again from Amulree, down through the famous Sma’ Glen and then via some really quiet roads back to Pitcairngreen.
The 46 mile route isn’t exactly for beginners but may be a great warm up for bigger challenges to come as the year goes on. There’s a long steady climb from Dunkeld to Amulree but no nasty surprises on this route.
With the Tayside Challenge being just one week before the Etape, it’s a great warm up route on similar roads.