On The Day Details

Beag Event Details

Travelling to the event

Please share cars with other riders and supporters to minimise traffic and parking problems.  The roads north of Inverness are generally very good but there is a slower section heading to and around Garve.

Please help us by bringing your drinks bottles topped up and ready to go. There will undoubtedly be queues for any water near the start. You must begin the race with plenty of drink on your bike.

When in Shieldaig please treat the village with respect. This event could not take place without the support of local people and they have been extremely helpful.  Don’t abuse their generous hospitality.  Please use the toilets provided as going to the toilet alfresco is a no go and will not be tolerated.  Anyone caught doing so will be disqualified!

Parking space will be sufficient but is spread around the village. Marshals will direct you. Please obey their instructions promptly and precisely.  Offenders who block roads or driveways will be swiftly dealt with.  Police will be present.   All parking will be within 1 mile of the start/registration zone.


Registration will take place at the Village Hall in Shieldaig near the centre of the village.    You will then get your number for attachment to your bike and an electronic dibber for timing.


Open between – 18.00 – 20.00 on Friday 5th May

                           08.00 – 10.00 on Saturday 6th May

Shieldaig primary school are hoping to run the ‘lucky cyclist’ draw in the village hall while competitors are registering on the Friday evening and Saturday morning. It would be great if you could bring some change into the hall when you are registering and help support the local community that do so much to support the event. It’s £1 a go and you can enter your race no. as many times as you wish. The lucky no. will be picked out once the race starts and the lucky cyclist will get £100.


The Start

Starts are between 10.30 and 11.00. Just dib and go. However, when deciding what time to start you need to note the following: you cannot start the climb past the junction at Tornapress before 11.00 and will not be allowed to start the climb after 12.00 noon.


On the Course

The only section of the course that is closed to traffic is from the junction at Tornapress to Applecross Campsite. The road will be closed to cars from 10.30 – 13.30.

There will be a timing station at the bottom of the Bealach and another at the top.  If you want your time on the climb recorded you must stop and ‘dib’ at both.

It goes without saying that you must exercise extreme caution on the descent from the Bealach. The road is steep, the corners are tight and there are rocks and drops off the roadside. If you retire from the event you must report to a marshal and return your dibber. Riders must also take extreme caution on the single track roads throughout the course and ensure that they allow cars to pass in both directions promptly and safely.

For several months now there has been work going on widening the road above the bridge over the Shieldaig river – just down from the Applecross coastroad junction with the A896.   Please be aware as you approach this, but don’t worry there will be marshals there to ensure that people can pass safely and with as little disruption as possible.

For the route profile on Garmin Connect please click the following linkhttp://connect.garmin.com/course/3517176


Food & Drink

There will be a station for food & drink at Applecross. They will provide bananas, tray bakes and water. There is a drinks only station at the top of  the Bealach.



Be careful when entering and exiting these stops.  Look out for those behind you.

Also, Nanny’s will be open from 8.30am on Saturday 7th, selling porridge, bacon rolls, coffee, cakes and lots more!

For more info see –


The Finish

You must ‘dib’ at the finish.  You must give up your dibber.  You will then immediately receive a print out of your time.

There will be hot food, cake tea/coffee free at the finish. Professional sports massage will be available for a donation to charity.


Winding Down (or up!)

The local hotel is available for great food and drink but please respect the village when it gets late.


Have a great event and a safe journey!