Gran Fondo Scotland Summer Edition
Whether it's with old or new friends, challenge yourself on either of our two great courses - 88km and 120km - which are electronically chip-timed from start to finish. Departing from the historic Stirling Castle, riders will head out towards the Lake of Menteith, before taking on the awesome Dukes Pass climb. Enjoy our feed stations along the way and marvel at the beauty of the Trossachs National Park, before heading back towards Stirling and our finish area, where you can enjoy our Gran Fondo Pasta Party Celebration and entertainment, all included in your entry fee. Although this is a non-competitive event, to bring an authentic Italian feel, we will have signposted Strava based KOMs, where you can test yourself on the day, should you wish.
The route of Gran Fondo Scotland takes inspiration from the beautiful sweeping roads around the lakes of Italy, the challenging short but steep gradients of Belgium, and the steady but long climbs of France.
- Iconic start location.
- Well stocked feed stations along the route.
- GPS file of the event.
- Well signposted route.
- Signposted Strava timed sections.
- Digital chip timing.
- Mechanical support before and during the event.
- First aid and safety provision around the course.
- Toilet facilities at event HQ.
- Service support vehicle on course.
- Bagpiper send off.
- Print at home certificate of your finishing time.
- Print at home finish line photos.
- Food and entertainment post event at our Pasta Party.
- Choice of 2 routes.
Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade, Stirling, Scotland FK8 1EJ
By Rail: Stirling is about 35 minutes from Glasgow (Queen Street Station) and 50 minutes Edinburgh (Haymarket and Waverley stations) with three direct services an hour from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh, which are both key interchanges for the rest of the UK national rail network. There are also direct services to London, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness. For timetables go to travelinescotland.com or call Traveline on 0870 608 2608.
Stirling Station is on Goosecroft Road near the city centre. The castle can be reached on foot by bus or taxi. www.scotrail.co.uk
By Bus/Coach: There is an hourly non-stop coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking 40 minutes and 1 hour respectively, as well as regular bus services to Scottish cities and towns like St Andrews and Perth. The modern bus station, which has a café and left luggage lockers, is open Mon-Sat 06.30-22.00 Sun 10.00-18.00.
For timetables go to travelinescotland.com or call Traveline 0870 608 2608 or Stirling Bus Station 01786 446474.
By Road: Stirling is linked to Scotland’s motorway and trunk road network including the M9/A9 to Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness and the M80 to Glasgow.
By Bicycle: There are bicycle racks at the Castle.
Parking on Stirling Castle Esplanade is currently restricted and often reaches capacity, please allow plenty of time to park, and use alternative parking and public transport options wherever possible. See Stirling City Parking Guide for nearby parking and map.
Stirling Castle Car Park is not available for parking.
120km Gran Fondo: Departing from Stirling Castle riders will head out towards the Lake of Menteith before taking on the Dukes Pass climb. You will ride on through the Trossachs National Park before heading back towards Stirling. 4065ft of elevation gain.
88km Medio Fondo: Departing from Stirling Castle, this is a shorter route towards the Lake of Menteith. Riders can still challenge themselves on the Dukes Pass climb and admire the beauty of the Trossachs before heading back towards Stirling. 2386ft of elevation gain.
These courses take inspiration from the sweeping roads around the lakes of Italy, the challenging short but steep gradients of Belgium, and the steady but long climbs of France.
Registration: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ
Registration Option A: Saturday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Registration Option B: Sunday 06:00am - 7:00am
Registration must be done in person as you must sign the start sheet to enable you to start, and confirm that you have collected your rider number and chip, which both must be attached to your bike with the cable ties provided.
Arrive at holding area at Stirling Castle no later than 7.00am
Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult on the ride
One of the best....(of any type of race)
From start to finish the organisers had done an amazing job. The start from Stirling Castle and a piper was amazing and it made you feel special.
The route was extremely well marked out with so many marshalls guiding you but also every marshall was cheering you on too.
Devils Hill was just brutal and I mean brutal but worth it alone for the view at the top then the Devil himself at the bottom...BRILLIANT!!
The Finish was fantastic with a superb wee village and the pasta was just perfect.
If you're ever looking to do your first ever bike race, I couldn't recommend this one high enough, superb!!!
Enjoy the race (and the pasta)!