2014 ‘Ride Like a Grrl’

Route 2014


o    The ADVENTURE route is in BLUE and will be ridden in an anti-clockwise direction

o    The EPIC route does some additional loops shown in PINK as follows:

  • Epic loop 1 – clockwise
  • Adventure route – anticlockwise to Epic loop 2
  • Epic loop 2 – clockwise
  • Adventure route – anticlockwise to Epic loop 3
  • Epic loop 3
  • Large scale copies of the routes will be on display at registration. The courses will be well signposted and marshaled throughout.
  • A reminder that the feeder and water stations are there as an additional and riders should carry some water and snacks

Distance of the routes:

o   Adventure – 28.5km

o   Epic – 42.5km

NOTE: There are two river crossings near the start of the adventure route –water levels are low and these can be forded with caution. Otherwise there are bridges close by that can be used.

Event Hub

Please bring cash as not all traders will be able to accept cards.

Rider information sheet 2 - RLAG 2014

Print out this information – Rider information sheet 2 – RLAG 2014

If you have any questions please email ridelikeagrrl@gmail.com


Pre-race rider safety information – posted 1/9/14

  • All riders must wear a helmet.
  • You must take great care and ride to your abilities – you are responsible for deciding what you ride and what you don’t ride. You must allow faster riders to pass you – if you’re walking, stay off the riding line and give others plenty of space to ride.
  • Warning signs will caution you to slow down in certain areas – please observe these. (Note – there are some large water filled potholes on the short road section – these will be signed and please heed warnings)
  • All roads, tracks and paths outside Glenmore Lodge grounds are open to other users on race day– which means that you could meet vehicles, horses, other cyclists or pedestrians at any time. Whilst every attempt will be made to communicate with the public regarding this event, you must ride with caution and be prepared to give way or stop, as required.
  • Part of both routes is on a public road; riders must comply with the law when cycling on the road. Signs will be out to inform drivers of the event.
  • As the route is open to other users on the day all riders must have a bell or similar means to warn other users of their approach.
  • Whilst water/feeder stations are provided and will be marked on the map, it is advisable to carry some fuel and hydration with you.
  • Riders are responsible to ensure that they have a suitable bike for the event that is in a safe working condition. Event organizers reserve the right to stop riders from starting if their bike is considered unsafe.
  • Riders should carry tools and puncture repair kit to deal with any mechanical issues, as this help cannot be guaranteed out on the course.
  • The routes will have Sweepers (experienced riders with radio communication) who will ride behind the last participant on each course.
  • If you decide at any time that you do not wish to continue, you must communicate this to either a marshal with a radio, the event hub or the Sweeper, providing your race number.
  • First Aid cover – will be supplied by Avium Ltd http://www.avium.org
  • Route maps will be placed on the Petalpower website one week prior to the event. If participants want their own copy, they can download and print it out.
  • Large scaled copies of the routes with Marshal points and feeder station information will be on display at registration. The courses will be well signposted and marshaled throughout.


Map to be posted shortly


Event Hub:            Glenmore Lodge National Outdoor Activity Centre (Post code PH22 1QU)  Registration:        10.00 – 11.00 at Glenmore Lodge  Race briefing:       11.15 outside registration (this is compulsory – failure to attend will result in riders not being allowed to start)  Race start:              11.30  Prize Giving:        scheduled for 3pm (this may change)

Event Hub

The event hub is at Glenmore Lodge where there will be plenty of activities going on including:

  • Demo bikes
  • Kids skills training and competitions
  • Ride outs led by Glenmore Lodge guides. There will be two rides – one for families and one adventure ride. They will last about 1 – 1 ½ hours whilst the racers are out on the course. Ride-outs will be booked on a first come first served basis on the day

Food and drink

  • The Billy Can catering will be on site selling a delicious selection of hot drinks and food
  • Cake stall – in Petalpower we pride ourselves on ensuring availability of cake at all activities and this event is no different. At the event hub there will be a cake stall selling fantastic cakes all home baked by club members
  • Glenmore lodge – the bar will be open from 1300 providing drinks, bar snacks and meals.

Please note that Glenmore lodge is a fantastic outdoor training centre. There will be courses going on over the event weekend therefore please respect all signs and instructions provided to ensure that we don’t disturb other activities.


Car Parking Car parking will be tight so please car share if possible or cycle up from Aviemore.

  1. Forestry Commission operates 3 car parks in close proximity to The Hayfield, at a cost of £2 per day. Pay & display machines.

Event parking is between 500-750m ride/walk from the event hub at Glenmore Lodge – the route will be clearly signposted

  1. Parking at Glenmore Lodge is for RLAG Marshals only, as vehicle access will need to be maintained. There are courses running from Glenmore Lodge over the w/e and client access must not be compromised.

  Litter No Litter. Anywhere. Full Stop. This includes the car parks, route and hub area. If you’ve got any food wrappers – gels, jelly babies, chocolate bars – either bring your litter back to the finish or hand it in at a feed station. We rely on the goodwill of landowners for the event to happen, and they do check the course after we’re finished for this kind of thing. Please comply – we don’t want to do it, but it’s an instant DQ for littering.   Marshals Marshals are essential to deliver the event ensure riders feel supported, so please get in touch if you or your supporters are willing to volunteer to help on the day. Please contact ridelikeagrrl@gmail.com and tell us name, time available (we need people from 09.00 to 17.00 but people can help out for some of that time), if you have a first aid qualification, if you will be coming with a bike and could ride out to marshal at a more remote location, if you have marshaled at Ride Like a Grrl before. We will sort out marshals with a packed lunch and hot beverages.   Numbers and timing All riders will be provided with a number and electronic timing chip at registration. The number must be clearly displayed on riders chest and the tag attached correctly to their bike. Both must be returned at the end of the event and will be collected when riders are provided with a ‘goodie’ bag – see below.   Accommodation There are lots of accommodation options available:

  • Glenmore Lodge has some great accommodation; why not make a weekend of it – contact them directly 01479 861256, http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk. They are offering discount room rates for participants:

o    Twin bedded rooms with en-suite facilities – £68/room o    Family rooms (2 twin beds and 1 double sofa bed) with en-suite facilities – £80/room

  • The closest camping is at Glenmore campsite
  • The Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is also very close – 01479 861 238
  • Badaguish which the route passes close to and is about 1 mile from the event hub also has a range of accommodation options – http://www.accommodationatbadaguish.org , 01479 861285

There are lots of other accommodation options available in the local area.   Kit Mandatory items

  • Suitable and in good working order bike
  • Helmet – properly fitted
  • Bike bell (or similar)
  • Puncture repair, pump, basic tools
  • Water and some small snacks

What else you bring is up to you. Some suggestions are:

  • Midgie repellant – we hope they will be gone by the end of September but no guarantees
  • Sun cream – well you never know
  • Fancy dress/bike decoration – there will be prizes

Bike Hire If you don’t want to ride it or you don’t have your own bike you can rent one. Local options are:

Goodie bags and prizes Every rider will get a goodie bag containing a host of items on completion of their ride. This will include a meal voucher for a free pasta meal on the day to replace those carbs from The Billycan caterers.   There will be place prizes for each race and a host of spot prizes on the day. Bike wash To save you from taking your dirty bike home there will be a bike wash available on the day. The bike wash equipment and staff have been provided by Mikes Bikes.   People wash (showers) There will be some showers available in Glenmore lodge for use by event participants. If you wish to use them please bring your own towel and toiletries and make sure that you leave the shower room clean behind you.   Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) www.cairngormsoutdooraccess.org.uk The Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust is an innovative environmental charity working to promote sustainable public access across the Cairngorms National Park. They work to develop and implement an access management strategy that integrates the needs of land managers, access users and local communities, whilst conserving and protecting the natural heritage of the Cairngorms National Park. Within this they do fantastic work contrasting and maintaining paths and access routes enjoyed by all (especially bikers). Petalpower is committed to supporting COAT and £1 will be donated from every entry fee.   Supporters Supporters are very welcome at the event hub and throughout the route which is widely accessible. At the event hub there will be activities going on through-out the day.   There will be final instructions sent out one week prior to the event with any significant updates. If you have any questions about the day please email ridelikeagrrl@gmail.com . Keep following the event on facebook for regular updates and developments.   See you all on the 27th  Ride Like a Grrl Organizing Team For a PDF version of Rider briefing notes , Rider information sheet 1 – RLAG 2014

Check out our Facebook page for on-going news about the event.

Any questions, please contact us on our Event email : ridelikeagrrl@gmail.com Ride Like A Grrl (105)   Remind yourself what is all about, by watching this video made by Katrina Brown.

http://vimeo.com/98080744 ( 2mins.20 sec)