The South Carrick David Bell organising committee have settled on a route for the 2012 edition, and are now working on making this a reality in time for race day – 10th June 2012.
What you need to know:
- 163km / 101 miles long
- 7,790 feet of vertical ascent
- The Carrick Forest Drive is confirmed
- The Nic O Balloch is back
- A new section of Forest Road to be incorporated
- Spectator friendly with 4 visits to Girvan
The organisers have designed a route that they believe will create a truly open, dynamic and dramatic event.
The inclusion of two unsurfaced sections of road will mean lady luck will have an influence over the race. With both sections coming before the half-way point, it should encourage the top protagonists to play their cards early to minimize risk on the loose gravel. However, with more than fifty miles remaining, there should be good opportunity for chasers to recover ground by the end.
Riders will have a chance to pay homage to ‘The HighwayMan’ when they pass the memorial to David Bell at Rowntree Toll before tackling Tairlaw Summit, the race high point at 1421feet.
Two laps of a finishing circuit around Girvan and the Assel Valley will ensure spectators have plenty of opportunity to see the action. With its steady and relatively shallow gradient, the Byne might not be the most feared climb in Ayrshire, but two ascents coming so late in the race will separate the strong from the hangers on. True to the words of former victor Roddy Riddle, “the Davie Bell will NEVER be won by a sit-on sprinter”. That much, we can guarantee!
DISCLAIMER: This is a ‘draft’ route – organisers are working with partners in South Ayrshire Council and the Forestry Commission to ensure the roads are in the best possible standard for the race on June 10th. The Carrick Forest Drive and Transmitter Road sections of gravel road are for seasonal passage, and will be regraded ahead of the event. Please be aware that as of this moment, we would not recommend taking 700x23c road bikes along these sections!
You can view the proposed route on ridewithgps
|4.4km||End Neutral zone||2.7||11:05||11:06||11:07|
|12.8km||Dailly (Woodside Rd)||7.9||11:15||11:18||11:21|
|36.5km||Dalmellington B741 junction||22.7||11:45||11:52||12:01|
|39.8km||Loch Doon Road start||24.7||11:49||11:57||12:07|
|43.4km||Dam by Ness Glen||27||11:54||12:02||12:13|
|51.2km||Loch Doon Castle||31.8||12:03||12:13||12:26|
|51.9km||Forest Drive Start||32.2||12:04||12:14||12:27|
|57.1km||Loch Riecaw Play Ground||35.5||12:11||12:21||12:36|
|62.9km||Stinchar Bridge Turn||39.1||12:18||12:30||12:46|
|64.6km||Forest Road Sector 2 Start||40.1||12:20||12:32||12:49|
|72.5km||Sector 2 End – Nic O Balloch||45||12:30||12:43||13:02|
|76.5km||Rowntree Toll – Memorial||47.5||12:35||12:49||13:09|
|118.2km||Girvan (by Victory Park)||73.4||13:26||13:49||14:20|
|124.1km||Byne Summit 1||77.1||13:34||13:57||14:30|
|146km||Byne Summit 2||90.7||14:01||14:29||15:07|
|163.2km||Finish – Victory Park||101.4||14:22||14:53||15:35|
|3hrs 22||3hrs 53||4hrs 35|
Well done to Owen Philipson who successfully found our hidden route in last week’s competition. He receives two new tubes thanks to ACS Prestwick Ltd.