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by keithg
29 Aug 2018, 4:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Info please: Road surface report for B7076/NCN74 and NCN7 over Dromochter
Replies: 10
Views: 2389

Re: Info please: Road surface report for B7076/NCN74 and NCN7 over Dromochter

I recently cycled south over Drumochter. I started out on NCN7 but switched over onto the A9. I switched over because the state of the NCN7 meant it was slow going. I was touring using a road bike with 28mm tyres. The NCN7 is rough but other than being slow, still OK with a road bike. I’ll second t...
by keithg
7 Aug 2018, 12:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 992

Re: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, died 1999

Thanks for that.
I was hoping to have a direct contact initiated by one of the family before I start approaching folk “out of the blue”. Not because its easier, it just seemed a more sensitive way to go about things.
by keithg
6 Aug 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 992

The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999

Does anyone know of the contact details of the family of a cyclist called Mick Greatbatch? He has a small memorial at the side of the A9 on NCN 7 at Drumochter summit on the Perth/Inverness-shire border. This says he died in August 1999 cycling on a LEJoG. I’m one of the local Sustrans rangers for t...
by keithg
19 Jun 2018, 5:31pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: B846/B847 via Trinafour or NCN7 via Pitlochry ?
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: B846/B847 via Trinafour or NCN7 via Pitlochry ?

Your choice is a good shortcut. The Aberfeldy/Tummel Bridge/Trinafour/Dalnacardoch is a well tarmaced minor scenic road with some decent but manageable hills. There is nothing much facility wise north of Tummel Bridge where there is a cafe/shop. Its a long stretch to Dalwhinnie where the next coffee...
by keithg
28 Apr 2018, 1:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Inverness to Perth
Replies: 7
Views: 1616

Re: Cycling from Inverness to Perth

The Sustrans Route 7 essentially follows the route of the A9 as far Pitlochry, often using sections of the old A9, and other minor roads, you pass to the west of the Cairngorms, but there are several passes involving reasonable climbs, Drumochter being the highest at at 1500ft., only cycled most of...
by keithg
24 Mar 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander to Barcelona
Replies: 5
Views: 1034

Re: Santander to Barcelona

I’ve ridden out of Barcelona airport too and it was a nightmare also.
You might want to think about how you’d get in and out of the airport area on a bike or use the shuttle bus or taxi if yoiu’re Planning to fly out of there.
Have fun.
by keithg
20 Dec 2017, 9:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4256

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

Yes, well done, you had a safe but memorable adventure and learned a lot too.
by keithg
18 Dec 2017, 5:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pisa to Barcelona - any route advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1281

Re: Pisa to Barcelona - any route advice

I found cycling out of Barcelona airport into town a pretty unnerving and unpleasant on busy dual carriageways.
You may want to pack up your bike in town and get the shuttle or a taxi to the airport.
Have fun, sounds like a great route.
by keithg
12 Dec 2017, 4:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4256

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

The roads from Carrbridge to Pitlochry were all OK, likely to be snow free for most of the day but BBC weather forecasts freezing overnight temps for the next 5 days so they may be icy in the mornings.
by keithg
11 Dec 2017, 5:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4256

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

Hate to be the bearer of bad news but I was ski touring near Newtonmore (on your route) today and was able to ski from the roadside (just). There’s about 50mm of snow on the bike track at Drumochter currently. Its old snow and its getting harder and more consolidated. The main road nearby is entirel...
by keithg
1 Dec 2017, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4256

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

1. Yes, the train option would work to bypass the Drumochter Pass bike track (perhaps from Dalwhinnie to Blair Atholl, this would keep you on minor roads with a good chance of gritting and salting to keep ice-free-ish, avoiding the bike only section which is most problematic in winter). The section ...
by keithg
30 Nov 2017, 6:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4256

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

Hi, I live in Perth and grew up in Pitlochry, I’m a Sutrans volunteer for NCN7 on the stretch you plan to ride. I really cannot stress enough how much the weather and snow conditions will influence your planned trip. It is extremely likely that a part or all of the Drumochter stretch of NCN7 route w...
by keithg
10 Sep 2017, 3:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: leaving Tolouse Airport by bike
Replies: 11
Views: 1162

Re: leaving Tolouse Airport by bike

I can't give a specific answer but I had such a traumatic start to a touring holiday in Spain, trying to make my way out of Barcelona airport by bike (and Spain is pretty relaxed about where you can cycle) that I often take a taxi or the airport shuttle/train for a few miles with the bike still pack...
by keithg
26 Jul 2017, 11:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)
Replies: 5
Views: 6297

Re: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)

Pretty sure the old A9 is an exclusive cycle route now. I cycled it from Aivemore to Pitlochry the other year. It was stunning. The new dual carriage way is usually within sight but the old road is quite, scenic but admittedly has the odd pot hole. I followed the red sustains signs for miles withou...
by keithg
17 Jul 2017, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness and North
Replies: 35
Views: 3941

Re: Inverness and North

This is a nice route, I did it last year or a variation. My only worthwhile input is that much of it is on the North Coast 500 route (google it) and this makes some of the road a fair bit busier and some of the single track sections can be a little bonkers with camper vans and caravans who dont seem...