Pedal Highland Perthshire
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Pedal Highland Perthshire is a fun, welcoming and free cycling event for beginners and families. Taking place in the estate grounds of the iconic Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, this short, beginner friendly route snakes it's way along tracks, quiet roads and eventing fields. Suitable for children from 5yrs+*, all types of bike including ebikes and adapted bikes and approved to be "good for Granny" by a local 6yr route tester.
*and younger by way of bike trailers and seats.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take me to complete the route?
For those zipping along the route could be completed in less than half an hour, but we'd recommend taking some photos and enjoying the scenery. You are also welcome to ride the route several times over the morning.
Do I need to train? If so, how much training?
No training is required for this event although will must be able to cycle. Children can be carried in a bike trailer or bike seat.
How do I get to/from the start/finish?
The start location is Blair Castle, Blair Atholl in Highland Perthshire. Full directions will be sent out in an email prior to the event taking place.
What type of bicycle can I use?
You are welcome to use any type of bike or ebike for this event and the route is suitable for adapted bikes. It would be possible for small children to use a balance bike although in reality it is quite far for them and they would have a better time in a seat or trailer. You are welcome to take the balance bike with you and the child may wish to complete some of the route under their own steam.
Do I need a helmet?
We strongly recommend you wear a helmet for this event.
What is the minimum age to participate?
In all cases it is the responsibility of the child’s parent or guardian to determine the ability of their child to take part. The route is aimed at families with children as young as 5 riding their own bikes. There are a couple of short slopes where pushing might be easier, but the majority of the course is flat and scenic. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Persons with additional support needs are welcomed with their carers.
Where can I hire a bike for the event?
Bike hire will be available on-site and can be collected at registration. This must be pre-booked by emailing email@example.com with your contact name, number, bikes required and heights/ages of riders.
Should I bring my own water bottle?
Yes. We advise that you bring a filled water bottle.
Can I get food/drink at the venue?
You are welcome to bring a picnic or make use of the Tullibardine restaurant on-site in Blair Castle.
What should I wear?
Comfortable sportswear is advisable. Clothing should not be loose in case it gets caught on the bike. Please ensure you bring suitable wet weather clothing in case of inclement forecast.
What if I get a puncture?
If you have them, please bring a puncture repair kit and pump. We will have emergency support if required.
Will there be marshals along the route?
Marshals will be in place along the route to guide riders, offer support and in case of any emergencies.
Are there first aiders along the route?
Yes, there will be first aiders along the route and at the start/finish area.
Are there toilets available at the start/finish or along the route?
Yes, portaloos will be available on-site.
How do I leave the event village?
Follow all directional signage for car parking entry/exit.
Are spectators allowed?
Yes. All spectators should follow any current Covid-19 guidelines regarding gathering outdoors and physical distancing.
What is the route?
A short and easy but very beautiful loop of the Atholl Estate grounds.
Are there hills? Are they steep?
There is one main hill which may present a challenge for some but it is on tarmac and would be described as a rolling hill through farmland. A great place to do some animal and bird spotting.
Are there cars on the route?
Most of the route is traffic free but there is a section which passes a house or two so there may be a very small amount of slow speed movement. There is also a very tiny section (30 metres) on the public road but this will be marshalled and well signed.
Will I share space with pedestrians?
Yes, you may encounter some walkers.
Will there be spectators along the route?
Spectators may be along the route. All spectators should follow current Covid-19 guidelines regarding gathering outdoors and physical distancing.
Will there be signage along the route?
Yes, the route will be fully signed with brightly coloured directional arrows.
Emergency access along the route
EVs have full access to the route with their vehicles if required.
Public transport information
There is a train station in Blair Atholl which is not far from the castle entrance.
Belles & Buns part 2 Sunday 12th September 2021
With much sadness the difficult decision has been taken to cancel the event this year, many clashing events and availability of safety team means that we can't run the type of event we really aspire to run and for you to have the BEST time possible. Coming back bigger and better in 2022!
This sociable, non timed, women only road cycling event is back for 2021! The Highland Perthshire arm of this series takes to the roads again on Sunday 12th September and with such a long spell of no events (and loads of new cyclists from over lockdown!) it will be a delight to welcome new and seasoned riders back to Pitlochry and surrounds.
This has got to be the most friendly and supportive event out there, there really is a 'no women left behind' attitude. (PS - the cakes are truly amazing too!)
For up to date info and bookings visit the Facebook page
Dunkeld Enduro 2021
The Dunkeld Enduro 2021, the race that almost wasn't. 2020 was an outright cancel due to the pandemic but in my mind 2021 was surely a goer, right? My mind was set on our usual spot of late April, that soon turned to May and then into June and right up until the end of May I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to have you all back in the village racing, but the stars aligned and even the weather gods played ball. Saturday 12th June was race day!
We had the biggest field we've ever had here in Dunkeld and some changes to sign on made for a very quiet event HQ and at times I wondered where everyone was but it all went smoothly and the wait for the stages was less, maybe that's a win to keep for future years.
Stage 1 Pink Floyd – in these conditions = fast, very fast. The straight, flat out nature of this trail makes for a very fun start to the day, the climb up is rewarded by epic views and the down brings a smile to everyone's face and you just know the day has started well. Bring on Stage 2 Doug n Dan's – now it's fair to say this may be a Marmite stage, some love the slightly flatter nature others find the pedalling tough, it gives other element to add to the variety and reminds us that Dunkeld isn't all gnar. Stage 3 Cairn to Cottage – now for those doing the Full course well done, Cairn to Cottage is a hard one, it's rough, it's steep, it's tech, it is the gnar. Your faces at the bottom of this stage said it all “phew, I'm down and in one piece, what's next?”. Stage 4 the DH track, this is a classic and no trip to Dunkeld is complete without a ride down this trail. The taping to make it enduro friendly and super fun has been carefully mastered over the years and this year we nailed it, with so many comments that the flow and feel was spot on. Although hands up if you are used to the DH track finishing on the fireroad? The sneaky extra section after the road caught a few people out. Stage 5 Cave Pass – Cave Pass as a trail has been there for a long time but over the years it's become more and more rider friendly and with a few special tweaks to make it race day friendly we had something new and again very different to race on. (Please feel free to come ride Cave Pass again but note that some elements of the trail will not be the same as race day, no bridge and no access down towards the sawmill.) Stage 6 The Mast/The Rudder combo – the steep climb, the views, the fast, steep, natural/bike park/tech trail, it's a finish that results in a shouting, laughing and “just holding on” type of ride.
With over 15 minutes of racing the results were so close with some places being lost or won by a few seconds. Huge congrats to everyone who took home a prize. The results can be found here - https://www.sportident.co.uk/.../High.../2021/DunkeldEnduro/
For me the 2021 Dunkeld Enduro will be remembered for the smiles, the dust and for the sense of normality. A huge thank you to all of the riders and supporters and to everyone who makes this race possible -
The marshals and registration desk team, Forestry and Land Scotland, Murthly Estate, Atholl Estates and Blair Castle, Mr Cox, SPORTident and SiEntries, Dunkeld in Bloom for use of the gardens, Progression Bikes, The Scottish Deli for marshal lunches, coffees and opening specially early for all the riders and team, all the photographers, @thephantomworkshop for the trophies and Lylwood @ WoodBusker Pyrography for the fastest overall trophies, the Dunkeld and Birnam village and residents for supporting and hosting this event and of course anyone I've forgotten at time of writing.
Photo credit: Shovel and Spade photography