Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

7 Stanes Weekend, Innerleithen

Event Status:

Game on for 2021

Organiser(s):

Jimmy Knight

Start Date:

Thursday

August 19, 2021

Ride Start:

Innerleithen

Start Time:

2pm

POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 2021 DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION

All information remains valid for a time when we can go.

We'll leave Hitchin at 7-8am ish on Day 01, to drive the 300 miles up to "Ae Forest", the location of our first ride.

SatNav users should use the postcode: DG1 1QB

Ideally we should be setting off on the actual ride no later than 2pm to allow us time to get round.

We'll then continue by car to our accommodation for the rest of the weekend, arriving in good time to check in etc, and make it out for dinner.

Details:

Day One

Friday 21st August 21:

From the lodge, ride to Glentress trail centre to ride either the red or black trail, before heading back again.

Google Map Link to Ride Start:

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Day Two

Saturday 22nd August 21:

Big day! setting off from the lodge, head out on an XC route with some big climbs (46Km and 1600m ascent/descent) Lunch stop in Peebles.

Here's the proposed XC route. Note - this may change so download at your own risk!

Google Map Link to Ride Start:

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Details:

Day Three

Sunday 23rd August 21:

Once again setting off from the lodge, ride to the Innerleithen trail centre and around it before packing up and heading home.

Google Map Link to Ride Start:

Plotaroute Map Details

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Event Accommodation Details:

We have booked the lower apartment which sleeps 8. If there is sufficient interest we can also book the upper apartment which adds room for another 4 riders.

It is self-catering with lots of space including a drying room/secure bike storage. (The whole setup is very much geared towards mountain bikers.) Bedding is provided but please bring your own towels.

The location is excellent, giving access to ride two fantastic trail centres directly from the front door as well as a plethora of other natural trails and forest roads etc. in the area.

There is a large Co-op just across the road as well as coffee shops, pubs and restaurants all in walking distance.

The cost... assuming all beds are taken, i.e. 8 or 12 riders it will be £67pp for the 3 nights.

To register your interest in this event, please join our Facebook Group

Additional Useful Event Information: Each event is different, so this is a general 'heads-up'.

Preparation

Service your bike, or at a minimum check that it has newish brake pads and the gears are fine. Fingers crossed for sunshine, or at least not pouring rain – this trip will anyway go ahead regardless. Just check the weather forecast before heading off, and adjust your clothes accordingly
Try to get as many cycle miles in as you can, pre-trip.
Bring some warmer clothes, and a spare layer/rain jacket to carry on the ride. Weather can quickly change, and don't underestimate the potential for a cold wind on top of the hills. Given a lot of the riding is fairly remote, make sure you ride with enough water and snacks.

What to bring

Must have spare bits for your bike:
Rear mech hanger (this tends to be unique to your bike, and can easily be damaged by a rock); chain link (hard to fix a broken chain without it); inner tubes; pump; if running tubeless tyre patch/stans fluid/CO2 inflator & cartridges.
Nice to have spare bits:
Extra set of brake pads, spare gear cable; oil lube; cycle energy gels are great for tired legs on long rides. They really can make the difference between finishing a ride or crashing out. Always have some spare with you.

We've built up a great list of essential equipment through trial, error and experience out on the trails. Click here to visit out Essential Equipment page.