The WCV North 500 over 5 (2020)

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• What we'll do


A 500 Mile Cycle over 5 Days plus taking in 75% of the NC500, a bit changed to show you more and better places, based on guidance and experience. This is a meetup, detail discussed day to day on route, you book ur acc urself and we cycle as a group. We have Alan who takes ur kit, for a small fee and is our resident mechanic.

We meet on the evening of Friday 15th May staying at the SYHA at Glen Nevis, Fort William

Day 1 - Fort William to Applecross.
Staying - Hatfield House Hostel.
105.4m/ 8,190ft

Day 2- Applecross to Ullapool, staying at SYHA Ullapool
120.1 Miles, 8,400ft

Day 3- Ullapool to Durness, staying at Lazycrofter Bunkhouse
89.4 Miles/ 8,200ft

Day 4- Durness to Thurso, staying at Sandra's Backpackers
99.4 Miles, 6,600ft

Day 5- The Biggy, Thurso to Inverness, staying at SYHA Inverness on finish
139.4miles, 6439ft

• What to bring

Mechanically sound bike, and stuff for a full day out. Our rides are open to all abilities so while it is desirable to ride as a group where we can, some of our larger and longer rides will inevitably become spread out. When this happens you are asked to ride always with the rider behind you in view. If you come to a staight and can't see the rider behind, slow. If you don't see them on the next straight, stop. This helps keep everyone together should mechanicals happen, We wait as a group.
Some other things to consider: -It is safer to ride two abreast on carriageways with fast moving traffic. NEVER ride more than two abreast. Hold your line in a group. Dont half-wheel. Indicate if moving out of your line. Announce your presence when overtaking with “on your right”. Kill your speed on shared use paths to show consideration for their other users. Obstacles - while it is not necessary to point out every single pothole in the city, a large unexpected obstacle should be announced if the riders behind you are close enough to you that they wont see it coming. Either by pointing or shouting “hole” “glass” “side” “bollard” “rhubarb” etc. It is never a good idea to filter to the front of traffic lights if riding in a large group. There wont be room for everyone in the advanced stop box and some riders will be left in motorists blind spots at traffic lights. Wait behind the last car in the queue. An easy way to look at it is that if you are riding as a group, you basically act like a car. Go where a car goes.

• Important to know

Rides may very occasionally be withdrawn due to adverse weather. Cancellations will be announced on the meetup if this is the case so if you are unsure whether it will go ahead please check the meetup page before heading out. Please update your RSVP accordingly if you are unable to attend.

Alex Hamilton -[masked]
Alan Cockburn -[masked]