The Blue Route - 44 miles / 70 Km
The Blue route is 44 miles long and has a total ascent of 1760 feet
It is designed to provide a scenic route through parts of Kinross-shire and the western edge of Fife, passing through some historic small villages and picturesque scenery. There are plenty of opportunities for friends and family of those taking part to park the car, have some refreshments, and watch the riders passing by.
It is suitable for those who cycle occasionally, and may also suit riders who do not usually cycle, but would like to take part in a one off event, perhaps to raise money for our charity partner CHAS. It still contains two significant climbs and a basic level of fitness is required.
The ride begins at Loch Leven Community Campus and immediately turns east to leave Kinross. You will follow the eastern side of Loch Leven, passing through the small villages of Balgeddie, Kinesswood and Scotlandwell. Look right for some wonderful views over the Loch, but only when there is no traffic!
The route then passes the Scottish Gliding Centre where you may see some aircraft, and you can use the large orange windsock to get the exact wind direction. After turning left and climbing a small hill, there is a lovely smooth descent to Auchmuir Bridge, before continuing eastwards into Leslie. Bypassing the High Street you soon find yourself on the climb over the Lomond Hills.
After approximately 12 miles, a quarter of the way into your ride, this is the first real challenge of the day; a climb of around 600ft over a distance of 2 miles. However, once you reach the top, there is a short plateau giving spectacular views over Kinross-shire and Fife. There is also a large public car park giving access to West and East Lomond hills, which may be convenient for any supporting friends or family.
Take extra care on the steep and winding descent and you will soon be in the conservation village of Falkland, another great place for friends and family to visit, with historic buildings, cafes and shops. Watch out for our signs and marshals to guide you through Falkland and Freuchie, before you head north on some quiet flat roads. Be careful crossing the A91 near Collessie, and you will soon be in Newburgh on the banks of the river Tay, another delightful village. You are now almost 30 miles into your ride, so look out for our first feedstation which will let you stock up on some juice and cakes for the remainder of your journey.
The route now travels westwards through Abernethy and Aberargie, after which you turn left and head towards Glenfarg. This presents the second challenge of the day, a constant 3.5 mile climb of around 500ft. This is less than Falkland hill, but if you have tired legs, it may not feel like it! Once you reach Glenfarg, it is an easy 7 mile generally downhill ride back to Kinross.