The beauty of a challenge!
Whether you are a seasoned-pro or a keen amateur rider, the Oban Sportive is a beautiful challenge to take on. This year’s sportive includes 3 routes that all offer spectacular views, quiet country roads and of course, the odd challenging climb! Finshing any of our routes brings with it a sense of achievement and a real treat of Scottish scenery.
Both routes offer some testing climbs as well as flatter sections and open roads. Taken at the beginning of the cycling season, the routes should not be under-estimated and riders are advised to prepare themselves thoroughly before taking on the challenge. Training guides for sportives are widely available (including at British Cycling and Wiggle) and we recommend following a training programme before taking on any sportive.
The Oban Sportive is not a race
While we understand a good many riders will enjoy the challenge of getting around the course as fast as they can, every rider is required to follow the rules of the Oban Sportive and we encourage everyone to enjoy the day as a true Sportive and NOT a race. Timing is provided to enable riders to compare their times after the event. We truly want everyone to come and enjoy cycling in our part of the world as much as we do!
Start Times and Places
Both routes will begin and end at the Oban Distillery. Riders will leave in small groups from 08:00, to ease our impact on local traffic. All riders are required to register before they begin the ride and your timing chip will be scanned as you leave the car park.
Loch Avich – 56 miles [ map | profile ]
Our 56 mile course is quoted as one of the hardest Sportive courses around with repetitive short steep climbs and is on mostly quiet single track roads in the heart of Argyll.
Gravel Route – 37 miles
This will be based around our short course but has the added test of 13.6km of Gravel in two sections in the middle of the route. It will be a test for those riders that own Gravel/Adventure/Cross bikes.
Mark Beaumont: Round the World Cyclist on the Oban Sportive:
In 2018, Mark Beaumont rode the Oban Sportive with us and shared stories over the weekend. This is what he said about the Ben Cruachan Inn Hill Climb and the sportive itself:
Mark’s documentaries, events and books about ultra endurance and adventure have taken audiences to over 100 countries. Outside of sport and broadcasting, Mark is a business ambassador and speaker, as well as working with a number of charities and educational organisations.
You can read more about Mark’s adventures online on his official site: https://markbeaumontonline.com.