|As an aperitif to the Oban Sportive this year we are offering a testing timed hill climb for those who may be able to get to Oban on the Saturday.
The Cruachan Hill Climb takes place on the South Flank of Ben Cruachan, 20 miles from Oban. The route is on a closed access road and starts in the village of Loch Awe. The route is 2.7 miles long and rises over 1000ft up to the famous hollow mountain dam. There are spectacular views over Loch Awe when you get there. The average grade is 6.9% and the steepest section is 14.9%, the so called sting in the tail and yes, it is right at the end! A great challenge to prepare you for the Sportive. The fastest time on Strava is 14.8 minutes.
Meet at the Brander Lodge Hotel, near Taynuilt at 3pm to ride out to the start two or three miles away.
Please email intention to enter with name, address and age to firstname.lastname@example.org