This October the Lowther Hills Ski Club and 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive are joining forces to create a new cycle sportive up to Scotland's highest road, to raise funds to buy a snow groomer for the Ski Club.
This will be a unique opportunity to cycle up Britain's 3rd tallest climb - the full height of Mennock Pass & Radar Road including the private road to Scotland's highest piece of tarmac without stopping at the normally locked gates. The event will have 3 routes.
The event will have 3 routes (100miles, 100km & 55km), lots of fast downhills, the legendary Mennock Pass, and a mountain top finish at Scotland's Highest Road.
1. The Big Wan
Similar to the old Radar Ride, featuring Devil's Beef Tub, Talla, Dalveen and finishing with the full climb (15.2km / 611m climbing) all the way up Mennock Pass, past the usually locked gates and the new Lowther Ski Tow onto the private road to Scotland's highest piece of tarmac.
This is for experienced Club Riders and Sportive Riders who already have many miles in the saddle. There are 6 major climbs on the course, including 3 of the toughest in Scotland, let alone just the Southern Uplands.
2. The Middle Wan
Lots of fast, gently rolling roads with great descents. A speedy drop down Dalveen pass TWO climbs up Mennock Pass, the 2nd climb finishing with the Radar Road. Ideal for club riders wanting an easy spin before strava smashing their way up the final climb to the top.
3. The Wee Wan
A 55km loop featuring a fast ride south down the Dalveen Pass, then up Britain's 3rd tallest cycle climb from Mennock Pass to the Radar Road.
Ideal for newish or less fit riders. We predict you will have 60 minutes of fun, gentle rolling roads and fast downhill, followed by 40 minutes of not too hard climbing, then 20 minutes of tough work towards the top.
The Snowball Cycle Sportive is a great opportunity for Scottish skiers to show their support for the Lowther Hills Ski Club and to get a first hand glimpse of the wonderful terrain (and views) of Lowther Hill and surrounds.