Tour of the Highlands – a quick FAQ

Wow, what a response to yesterday’s announcement that we are expanding the 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive to include the 3 day Tour of the Highlands. Lots of questions coming in. Here’s a quick FAQ.

Is the 1 day 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive still happening?

YES. Sunday 29th May 2016. Same route, same times, same cut offs. Hopefully same weather as 2014.

Will the 3 Pistes still have coach transfers?

YES – you can still get the morning coach from Aviemore to the start or afternoon coach from Cairngorm finish back to Pitlochry.

In the week after 3P2015 bought priority entry (and coach transfer) for 3P2016. Can I upgrade to the 3 day ride?

Yes. You get priority entry and you will get an email next week explaining how to upgrade. You

I deferred my 3P2015 place can I upgrade to 3 day ride?

Sadly no. You still get free entry to 3P2016, however if you want to ride the 3 day TOTH you will have to purchase entry afresh.

Why is the 3 day TOTH ride limited to 200 riders?

The Scottish Downhill Association MTB race series is taking place at Glencoe on Sun 29th May. Glencoe Ski centre have agreed that we can take up 100 parking of their spaces for the weekend.

Also… the route will have 2 options for getting to West Loch Linnhe. You can either ride via Kinlocheil or skip 25miles and take the wee Fort William – Camusnagaul ferry. Sadly it can only take 96 cyclists per hour. The ferry has agreed to put on extra sailings so that no-one has to cycle down the A82 between Fort Bill and Corran.

If I only want to ride Day 1 or Day 3 will there be coach transfers for these stages?

No. Only the original 3 Pistes day and route will have coach transfers. If you are riding any of the other days you are responsible for getting yourself back from the finish. Obviously if riding all 3 days you will naturally get yourself back to your car at Glencoe.

Can I ride Day 1 or Day 3 only?

Yes.However due to car park and ferry restictions these will be limited to 50 riders each only. Remember these rides are A-B. As above you will be responsible for your own transfers.

Can I ride 2 days?

Yes you will be able to purchase entry for (Day 1 + Day 2) or (Day 2 + Day 3). However due to car park and ferry restictions these will be limited to 50 riders each only. Remember these rides are A-B. As above you will be responsible for your own transfers.

What support is provided?

As with all our rides you will get excellent support including:

  • Mobile and static mechanics.
  • First Aid teams.
  • Full British Cycling Sportive Insurance.
  • Bag transfer
  • Regular, well stocked feed stations.
  • Multiple sweeper vehicles.
  • Fully signed routes.
  • Top tunes and PA systems to keep you bouncing on the pedals.
  • Hot food at the end of each stage.

Will accommodation be included in entry?

No. Riders are responsible for arranging their own accommodation in Pitlochry and Aviemore.

When do I register?

Rider registration will take place at Glencoe Ski Centre from 8am – 9am on Sat 28th May 2016. No need to be there the night before.

Do I need to sign on every day?

No. Our electronic timing chips will tell us if you have started that day or not. If you do not intend to start we do ask you inform us ASAP.

Will there be a specific wave start time?

We’re fairly informal. Closer to the event we will advise on start times. TOTH riders will get priority early start options.

Will the roads be closed?

No. We always feel safer riding on open roads than with 5000 weekend warriors “racing” on closed roads.

Will I get a medal?

No. You’re a grown man / woman who is an experienced cyclist. Medals are for 5k fun runners or those who come top 3 in a proper race. You don’t get a medal for completing La Marmotte. We don’t waste your money giving you any unwanted tat.

Can I purchase a TOTH cycling jersey / hoody / shell jacket etc?

Yes. Our design team have been given a brief. Details will be published in the new year.

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask on the facebook page.


  1. Lindsay McCrae · November 13, 2015

    If entering all three days will there be a bag transfer from the start to Pitlochry, then onto Avimore and finally into Glencoe? Cheers.


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