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Bealach Beag Sportive

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Event summary

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.

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Sat 7th May 2022

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Route description
Route description

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.

Logistics and schedule

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.

How to get there

Lisigarry Ct, Portree IV51 9EZ, UK

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