St. Andrews Hospice 'King of the Mountains', Cycle Sportive, inc. The Robert Millar Cycle Sportive
17 Apr 16
St. Andrews Hospice ‘King of the Mountains’ Cycle Sportive, incorp. the Robert Millar Ride
The St Andrew’s Hospice Sportive (www.standrewshospicefundraising.com) is a new 80-mile (127Km) event, AND WILL BE THE FIRST FULLY CLOSED ROAD CYCLE SPORTIVE, TO BE HELD IN CENTRAL SCOTLAND. For those who feel that 80 miles is a bit far, we have now added a 50-mile option. The challenging and scenic route takes in some of the classic west of Scotland roads and well known climbs, including the ‘Crow Road’ and the ‘Tak ma Doon’, as well as some less well known back roads and lanes in Lanarkshire. By merging the Robert Millar Ride, into this new closed road event, we are hoping both to strengthen the St. Andrews Hospice Sportive, while at the same time, bring Robert’s many fantastic achievements back into the public memory.
Born & raised in Glasgow & a member of Glasgow Wheelers, Robert Millar is still in our opinion one the greatest Grand Tour riders ever to come out of The British Isles and in his early years, he trained extensively on the roads around Glasgow. The Sportive will also celebrate much of what Robert Millar was famous for: the challenge of climbing and will we’re sure bring back the memories of Robert’s fantastic achievement, as to this day, he remains the only rider from an English speaking country to win the coveted “King of the Mountains’ jersey in Le Tour de France.
With two routes, the main 80 mile circuit and a shorter 50 mile option this event will challenge all riders. Participating in the event will help considerably to financially support the Hospice, and also assist with a development programme for a new generation of promising young cyclists via The Braveheart Cycling Fund.
The route passes through Lennoxtown, climbs over the classic ‘Crow Road’, meanders along the Carron Valley before plummeting up and over the ‘ ak ma Doon' Road into Kilsyth. Continuing towards Longriggend, Shotts and Allanton before turning back up to Jersay and Kirk O'Shotts, for the most part on quiet lanes and minor roads. Riders will then continue through Plains, Greengairs and back to the new start/finish at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld.
80 mile: Price £68.50 per participant. Start 07:00
50 mile: Price £58.50 per participant. Start 07:15
50 mile: http:/www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/937987447