Ready for 2019?

We’re very excited to announce 2019 as the beginning of a new phase in the Kintyre Ultra.

The whole Kintyre Way was extended three years ago to be  100 miles long, but until now, we have ignored the most recent addition down south. That’s going to change.  In future, the race will circulate between  Tayinloan to Tarbert, Tayinloan to Campbeltown and Machrihanish to Campbeltown. Thus you will be able to run the entire Kintyre Way over 3 years!

For 2019, you’ll be running the shortest section of 33 miles from Tayinloan to Tarbert.

As previously announced, the date will be Saturday 11th May, giving us the use of the large marquees at Tarbert Harbour.  This date isn’t a bank holiday so we hope that accommodation will be easier to find and are also looking into budget priced floor space.

A bus will run from Tarbert to the start at Tayinloan, picking up en route. You can book and pay when entering. By the time you finish, public transport will be functioning.

Start time 08:30, max. 10 hours 
Check-in at Tayinloan   07:00 to 08:15.
Bus to leave Tarbert at 07:00

Entries open 1st November.

Costs the same as last year:

Ultra £39 up to 31 March, then 
£44 up to 21 April (closing date)
Relay £36 per person up to 31 March, then 
£41 up to 21 April
SAL reduction £2
Bus option £4

Further details will be announced as things fall into place so keep an eye out for the latest posts and chat on Facebook.

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Spring Has Sprung? Are You Springing to Kintyre in 5 Weeks?

Spring has Sprung! The clocks have gone forward  and we’re counting the days until we welcome you to Kintyre. This weekend we cycled most of the CycloSportive route and the track from Tayinloan onwards is in great condition with very little or no resistance to the MTB tyres.

Alex Samborek, who marshalled last year at the Lussa water stop, joined us for the ride. This was our first proper off road ride since last year and to be honest it was great – the route, weather, bikes and fitness, even despite limited training over the winter.

Alex managed the route well on the Giant MTB as a first timer and this was a good measuring stick for prospective CycloSportive riders. If you are thinking of riding the CycloSportive get out and do what you are comfortable with, you don’t need to climb mountains, just start getting yourself comfortable on the bike and build up from there now that the light nights are here.

If you are thinking of doing the 73 mile Cycle Race then by now you should have some miles in some form under your belt to ensure a comfortable race. If you haven’t, there is time yet so get on it!

Standard entries close on the 31st of March so save yourself some cash and get your entry in this week.

Next planned recce will be from the start of the 73 mile Cycle Race to Clachan which is pencilled in for the 15th of April. Let me know if you’re interested. This is also the day that the entries will close so don’t wait to read that blog before deciding if you are riding!

Kintyre will be busy the weekend of the event as the Kintyre Song Writers Festival is also on – great if you fancy a few tunes on the Saturday night but not so handy when looking for accommodation. If you are struggling then get in touch as we will only be too happy to help.

Ultra and relay runners don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about you and we look forward to seeing a great line up of over 100 runners. From a running perspective, the route is also looking great. We’ll have some running blogs soon as our local Ultra runner and blogger MRS SMMF will share some of her tips for the route.

Meanwhile, Enter it, Train for it, love it!

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