Hill Climb

Push yourself in our brand new event!

This year we are adding a new event to create a weekend of cycling in April.

With great thanks to the team at the Ben Cruachan Inn and Scottish Power, we have secured car-free access to the private road that climbs up Ben Cruachan to the dam. This 2.7 mile stretch climbs approximately 1,044ft with an average gradient of 6.9%. There are sections of 9% over 0.6 miles that lead up to the final ramp (of up to 18%), the so called 'sting in the tail' and yes, it is right at the end!

Riders should gather at the Ben Cruachan Inn before the race begins. There is car parking available at the Inn, or at nearby Lochawe train station to prepare your kit and your clothing, and cycling on to the main road provides a flat warm-up ride to the actual start at the foot of Ben Cruachan. The ride itself - at any speed - is one to be proud of and offers spectacular views of Loch Awe below.

Ride against the clock - AND Mark Beaumont!
The event will be timed, with each rider leaving a minute apart, so everyone gets plenty of space as they make their way up. We are delighted to have Mark Beaumont join us for the hill climb and set us a target time to beat!

Entry
Entry to the Hill Climb can be completed online via Si Entries (click here), if you would like to check any details, please contact us.

Meet Mark Beaumont
The face of wildaboutargyll , Mark holds the world record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000-mile (29,000 km) route in less than 79 days. mark will be chatting with riders throughout the weekend and sharing stories of his many adventures during the weekend's cycling as well as during his talk on April 21st.

See the climb on Strava
You can see details of the climb on the Strava segment here. We begin at the bottom gate and the finish line will be just at the peak before the car parking area, where our stewards will be on hand.

Course Summary:
The Hill Climb takes place on the South Flank of Ben Cruachan, 20 miles from Oban. The route is on a closed access road and starts in the village of Loch Awe. The climb is 2.7 miles long and rises over 1000ft up to the famous hollow mountain dam. There are spectacular views over Loch Awe when you get there. The average grade is 6.9% and the steepest climbing is up to 18% - the so called sting in the tail! The fastest time on Strava is currently 14.8 minutes.

Event start times:
Meet at the Ben Cruachan Inn, in the village of Loch Awe at 3pm to ride out to the start just a mile or so along the A85.

Click below to Enter Online

The Oban Sportive is organised with the help of our sponsors:

  • Diageo
  • North Argyll Cycle Club
  • Rotary Oban
  • bid 4 oban
  • Wild About Argyll
  • Dawn Fresh
  • Rusty Cycle Shed
  • Oban Cycles
  • MacQueen Removals and Storage
  • Oban Fish and Chips