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Bealach Beag Sportive

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The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The idea of a sportive belongs to local cycling legend Clifford Davidson.

How to enter the Bealach Beag Sportive

  1. 72K

    Bike 72km
    £45
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Bealach Beag Sportive route

The 78km route will take you south east from the picturesque village of Shieldaig down through Glen Shieldaig to Tornapress.

Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you return to charming Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch. You are assured of a warm highland welcome (and some good grub!) from the locals.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics
Registration will take place at the Village Hall in Shieldaig between – 18:00 – 19:45 on Friday and 09:00 – 10.15 on Saturday

At registration you will be required to sign a disclaimer for event insurance. You will then get your number and an electronic dibber for timing. Attach the number to your handlebars so it is easily accessible.

Bealach Beag Sportive weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

12°C
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5°C
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IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

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