Glen Fruin and Roseneath Peninsula Road Cycle
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We will start with a steep climb out of Helensburgh to get you 'warmed up' before following the 'High Road of the Gaels' through Glen Fruin - the site of one of the last Scottish clan battles between the McGregors and the Colquhouns at the start of the seventeeth century. An exhilarating descent will take us down into Garelochhead before enjoying a relatively flat ride along the shores of the Gare Loch and Loch Long around the Roseneath Peninsula. Our second steep climb of the day will take us back over to Garelochead before a 'cool down' ride back along the east shore of the loch back to Helensburgh.
Total distance will be around 36 miles (58 km) and we will include a lunch stop in Kilcreggan. For those interested, the ride is easily extendable at the start and finish.
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What to bring
Extra food and dry clothing
Make sure you bring plenty of snack foods. We will try to stop where possible for food though. With the unpredictable Scottish weather, it is recommended you bring a jacket to keep you dry.
Apart from your bike, food and drink, remember the following:
Spare inner tube and tyre levers
Also any special tools that your bike needs.
Impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
Choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet on events.
Cycling water bottle
If you don't have one, you will only be able to drink when we stop and may get dehydrated.
Food & drink
We plan to have a lunch stop in Kilcreggan. However it would be a good idea to carry some spare food and water to keep you going during the ride.