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Sat, 3 Jun 2017, 08:00 – Sun, 4 Jun 2017, 20:00 BST
The Capital Trail is an Individual Mountain Bike Time Trial that will take place on 3 June. Regardless if you finish or not, you are also welcome to join for a cold brew afterwards on Sunday 4 June. This is the perfect challenge for (very) experienced mountain bikers/bikepackers.
‘I loved the varied terrain; great distance; huge ascent; ease of re-supply; simple-no fuss, friendly small numbers and I needed to navigate!’
‘It’s an absolutely superb route’
‘Comprehensive and varied terrain. Great mix. Need some good legs!’
‘Besides the pure constant stimulation of the very varied trails selected, was the constant anxious feeling that you might miss your next turn down the next tasty trail! I liked this, it really kept you on your toes!’
Voted by Bikepacking.com as ‘Best New Trail‘ in 2015.
With ca. 6000m of climbing the Capital Trail is a real challenge, but offers you an amazing variety of singletrack, Land Rover tracks, forest roads and quite country lanes. In short, it is the very best Scotland’s South has got to offer, with most of the trails ridable in dry conditions. The route starts and finishes at The Tide Cafe on Portobello Beach and features the beautiful Firth of Forth coastline, the River Esk, Carberry Hill, the Winton Estate and the Pencaitland Railway Path, Saltoun Big Woods, the quiet and scenic country lanes of East Lothian, Lammer Law, the Southern Upland Way, Thirlestane Castle, Melrose Abbey, the River Tweed, the Borders and Abbey Way, the Three Brethren, the 7Stanes trails at Innerleithen and Peebles, Kirkhope Law, the Cross Borders Drove Road, the Meldons and Pentland Hills. And to finish, the Capital Trail will offer you some views on Edinburgh you might have not experienced before. Surprise yourself!
Although the route doesn’t venture far from the city, the Capital Trail takes you through some very remote, but beautiful places. The route is designed to be ridden clockwise in two days with an overnight stop. There are plenty of good opportunities to sleep under the stars, in a bothy and/or in bunkhouses, B&Bs and hotels. And the odd pub. Please make sure you respect the landowner’s properties, shut all gates, don’t leave any rubbish and leave all livestock and wildlife undisturbed.
Be aware, the weather here can change on a whim, and you are likely find yourself besieged by cold lashing rain and high winds even in Summer. Don’t attempt this ride unprepared, approach this ride as an independent expedition, fully prepared for your own limitations and whatever nature may have in store for you. The rewards for that will be plenty.
Everyone is responsible for their own thing, and you must stick to the rules below. We are simply starting at the same spot at the same time after a nice breakfast, and your final time will be published afterwards. You will also receive some useful guidance before the ride per email.
You need to have a working GPS for the ride, as the route will only be supplied per GPX, at least one week before the event. It's approximately 240 km long, but the final route might differ from previous years.
There is a small admin fee of £20, which will pay for a breakfast at the start and photography. Pictures are shared with all riders. Once you are accepted, you will be asked to transfer the fee of £20 via Paypal within 7 days of receipt of invoice and sign a waiver.
Entries will be open until the total number of registrations reaches 100, or until 28 May. We are operating on a first come first serve basis. Don't miss out.
How do you secure your place? Firstly - read and understand the rules fully before you commit to the ride.
1. Apply: Register your details and apply here.
2. Pay the fee, sign & return the waiver: After your entry has been accepted we will send you payment instructions and a waiver form. Once the payment is made and you returned the waiver form, you are in. Payment must be made and the waiver signed within 7 days after receipt of your acceptance, otherwise your place is gone. Please respect these requirements. We will not chase you up.
Find out more at bikepackingscotland.com/routes/capital-trail
- Complete the entire route, under your own power - no drafting.
- Be completely self-supported throughout the ride - absolutely no support crews, absolutely no gear sharing. You can, however, ride as part of a small group of friends, as long as you are equipped to ride the entire route on your own (but no friends and family following the ride, effectively acting as a sag-wagon).
- Only use commercial services that are available to all challengers - no private resupply, no private lodging.
- If you have to leave the route, you must rejoin it at the exactly same spot.
- No caches of any kind.
- No pre-arranged support, which means before you begin your ride - e.g. booking a B&B, arranging to meet a vehicle.
- No travel by any motorised means during your ride - by all means do so if necessary, but understand if you do your attempt is over.
- Gear - nothing required, nothing prohibited.
- You agree that you will release the organisers from any and all responsibility of liability for injuries or damages or to any other person. You agree not to make a claim against or sue this organiser for injuries or damages relating to this event.