Rat Race – Coast to Coast

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Sat, 11 Sept 2021
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Cawdor, United Kingdom
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Cawdor Castle and Gardens, B9090, Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RD, UK
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Do I need to provide my own kayak?
No, kayaks are provided for you.
Do I need to provide my own bike?
Yes, you must provide your bike. Bikes can be hired British Bike Hire if you do not have your own.
Is there a minimum age requirement to take part?
Yes, participants must be at least 18 years old to take part.
What is the difference between entering as a solo or as a pair?
The event is the same for solos and pairs but we feel that Scotland Coast to Coast is such a cracking weekend away with a mate that we encourage you to buddy up and earn a discount for making the 2 entries.
Do I need to provide a bike for the event?
Yes, you do need to provide your own bike. You can bring your own, hire one locally to you and bring it along, or arrange hire from our hire provider; British Bike Hire. Give them a call or drop them an email, mention ‘Coast To Coast’ and make your booking: Tel. 0800 689 3527 – email info@britishbikehire.co.
ukDo I need to provide a kayak for the event?
No. We will provide the kayaks which are sit on tops and stable. We also provide water safety from local professionals. Please note that kayaking is done in pairs, though those at the front of the field can go solo if they arrive alone.
What happens to my bike at the end of the event?
You will drop your bike for the final time at the Fort William transition area during the event. From here, we will transport bikes to the finish line at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, using trucks or trailers. The bikes will then be available for you to pick up at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel after you have finished. Exact times for arrival of the bikes at Glencoe cannot be given. You can also give your bike to a supporter at the Fort William transition area. If you choose to book a bus back to the start in Nairn, we will move your bike directly there from the Fort William transition area.
What kind of bike should I choose?
Whether you are entering the Challenger or the Expert category, you will use the same bike throughout the event. The perfect bike for this event is a cyclocross bike or a gravel bike. You can complete it on a mountain bike and for Challengers this is a viable option, but Experts will struggle to get through the road riding miles within the cut offs. Road bikes are not recommended although they would be possible to use if you add appropriate tyres, good pressures and a dose of skill. The bike choice is a talking point of this event; that’s for sure. We do not allow you to switch types of bike along the route as we want both categories to be as pure as possible; this also helps not to encourage support from others en route, outside of the designed transition areas. It is possible for Challengers to swap tyres at leisure at the Fort Augustus overnight location as you could pack these into your luggage allowance. It is also possible for Experts to swap tyres at Fort Augustus but you would need to carry these tyres in your own pack, and of course the time to swap them would be in your ‘running’ time. Therefore this latter option will have hardly any takers!
How hard is it really?
Coast to Coast is a tough event. You’ll be taking on a hilly journey that is heavily impacted by weather conditions. You’ll be running, kayaking and more importantly riding into the prevailing wind, so the chances are you’ll find the riding sections tougher than your usual ride out. That being said, when the sun shines you will see the most fantastic views imaginable!The average finishing time for Experts is 12 hours and it’s 14 (over two days) for the Challengers. You need to be fit and you need to be able to keep your energy levels up with a solid nutrition plan to be able to make this journey. If you put in some training time and arrive kitted out and prepared then this challenge is achievable, but it should not be underestimated.
Can I change who is running?
Solo entries are not transferable – you can’t give or sell your entry to anyone else. If you no longer wish to take part you can obtain an event credit to the value of your entry fee paid (terms and a fee apply) which you or another person can use towards next year’s event (or any other Rat Race event). If you have purchased a pairs entry, you can add or change team members up to 10 days before the event.If I am entered into the Challenger class,
do I HAVE TO camp at Fort Augustus?
You don’t have to camp. We have provided a camping service which will have a great atmosphere with loads of Coast to Coast Challengers bedding down for the night, but should you wish to bag something a bit cosier in Fort Augustus or close by, that is fine. Any arrangement/ booking you make with a local hotel are at your own responsibility.
Can I get a refund if I'm not able to race?
No, regrettably we are unable to provide refunds once you are registered in the race. We do however offer transfer vouchers to put your credit to a different event if this is of interest. Visit the Rat Race website for more information.
What age must I to be to take part?
As this is an extremely challenging race,
participants must be at least 18 years old on the day to competeWhat type of bike is best?
You'll be using the same bike for the whole event. We recommend using a cyclocross or gravel bike to suit the terrain. You can use a mountain bike, but those participating in the Experts category will find it very difficult to make the cutoffs in time, as you will definitely be slower.
Are the kayaks provided?
Yes, we'll provide kayaks for you to use.
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Maxie S
Did the race in 2017
I completed this event in 2017, choosing the 'Expert' category to do it in one day. I definitely wasn't an 'expert' at the time, and this was some of my first proper trail running experience. I was initially sceptical about the high cost of entry, however, having done it, the organisation from Rat Race was fantastic and it is a very logistically-difficult set up, so I think they did a great job, and made it very seamless experience as competitors. We had shuttles to and from registration on the Friday, bag transport throughout the race, and bike transportation arranged, as well as very well stocked checkpoints. It is a really exciting and interesting format - one 'easy-ish' trail run of ~11km, then a long cycle (think ~130km?), a more serious trail run over proper highland terrain ~24km and then finally an absolutely stunning kayak section. The cycle is about 3/4 on road, and 1/4 on trail in the latter part. I chose to cycle with my roadbike with more grippy and puncture-proof tyres, and this worked really well. I think I had enough control off-road and was comfortable enough, but obviously enjoyed the faster and lighter bike on the road! The cycling route is also quite forgiving despite the length, and there was only one serious climb on this section. The running (especially last trail run) was more difficult, but the scenery was absolutely stunning.We chose to stay at the hotel right on the finish line, and there were some good deals via Rat Race to get dinner & a room there. It was very handy to be able to store our bikes in their bike parking area by the hotel overnight, and they organised a coach transfer back to Inverness the next day.In summary: Would very much recommend, and well worth the money! If you can, arrive a few days early or stay after, as both the town at the start (Nairn) and the finish (Ballachulish) are really beautiful.
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Philip Hill
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You've listed logistics and times for the Expert race. Do you have the same for the Challenger 2-day race please?
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there. Thanks for reaching out. The event organiser will not be releasing the 2019 full event details until 4 weeks before the race. Currently on our site are details from 2018. To find the 2018 version for the Challenger 2-day race please click on this link - https://www.ratraceevents.info/c2c2018challengers/. For any further enquiries please email our customer support - support@letsdothis.com Many thanks!
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