What is the route?

To view the route maps for the Big Belter and the Classic Challenge rides please check the rides pages. Please note, these routes are subject to change.

Why has the route changed since the last time I did it?

Each year, we take on-board feedback from participants and we use this feedback to have discussions with local authorities and emergency services to identify a safe route that will also minimise disruption to those along the route. As such, changes to the route will be put in place to make the event experience better, safer and less of an impact upon those communities along the route.

What about the finishing venue - why is it at the Royal Highland Centre?

There are a number of reasons for making the Royal Highland Centre (RHC) the finishing venue. We have adjusted the start timings to get people cycling earlier in the day, allowing us to open the roads earlier afterwards, minimising the disruption to local communities along the route. With more people cycling in a shorter time-frame, this required us to look again at the route into Edinburgh and the finishing venue and the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston was a great option. We also gave consideration to other events along the route and in central Edinburgh during September and other operational factors. It offers an exciting development and better event village space for people to enjoy, where friends and family can congregate and watch you at the finish.

Why is the Classic Challenge shorter than 50 miles?

We have put a huge amount of work to create a fantastic route for you this year. The safety and experience of participants is really important to us and so after a lot of research we feel we have picked a great route to cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh – challenging enough, but not off-putting to those who are undertaking their first big challenge ride. This route is still a big but achievable challenge for most. Please note, the final route is subject to change.

Are there hills? Are they steep?

It is pretty hard to go for a cycle in Scotland without a hill! However, we have tried to ensure that the Classic Challenge route is as accessible as possible this year. As such, the route takes in considerably less elevation than previous years.
Two hills to look out for are at approximately 12 miles and 26 miles into the route (note: final route is subject to change).

Will there be a route file that I can upload to my bike computer/navigation device?

Although we don’t envisage any substantial changes to the route at this stage there is always a possibility that there will be a last minute change due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control. For this reason, we do not issue a downloadable route file for the event however the route will be fully sign posted throughout so there shouldn’t be any reason to get lost!