Tour of the Kingdom Sportive
Saturday 25th May 2019
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For 2019, Dunfermline Cycling Club is proud to once again be hosting our annual cycle sportive on Saturday the 25th of May, the Tour of the Kingdom. Taking place on some of the finest roads and views in Fife, it is an event not to be missed!
There are some fantastic changes this year including the new startline and HQ located at The Cycle Hub within the beautiful Pittencrieff Park (known locally as The Glen).
We offer three routes varying from 33, 70 and 103 miles, so you are sure to find a route to suit, regardless of your ability. This year also sees a completely new Green Route which follows the first section of the Red and Black routes taking in stunning views before returning back towards Dunfermline.
Our sportive also offers the following features:
Electronic time keeping.
Refreshment Stations - Stay hydrated and fed along your route with our free refreshment stops on the ride.
Event Photography - Our event will be covered by a photographer to capture your day.
Free memento - Every rider will receive a one off custom designed water bottle after completing the sportive.
This year we will also be running the Sportive in memory of Club Member Gary Conner who passed away suddenly just before the turn of the year. We welcome Gary's family and friends to the ride who will be fundraising for Queen Margaret Hospice. Dunfermline Cycling Club will also be making a donation of this years proceeds to their chosen charity, so your entry fee will make a difference to their cause. Thank you.
Black Route - 165 km / 103 miles - (Climbing - 1,661 m / 5450 ft) Start time: 7:30am
Our longest and most challenging route, the black route, is not for the faint of heart. Taking you along the beautiful coast to Leven, it then takes on the first big climb out of Upper Largo and swings inland to Ceres. The route then follows a selection of rolling roads towards the former Royal Burgh of Falkland then towards the coast of the River Tay at Newburgh before tackling the 2 mile long 700ft climb over Glentarkie. The route then heads back to Dunfermline via Loch Leven, Kinross, Cleish and includes another feed station. The route takes place along many quiet and scenic roads along with numerous climbs. Most notably is the Cleish Hill Climb which is a real leg tester after a long day in the saddle.
Red Route - 112km - 70 Miles - (Climbing - 1,065 m / 3495 ft) - Start time: 8:00am
Our middle distance route, the red route, takes in the best Fife has to offer. Following the coast up to Leven, it then winds its way inland towards the former Royal Burgh of Falkland. After passing through the history rich town the route heads west, making a brief pass along the tip of the beautiful Loch Leven. The route then continues to head back to Dunfermline via Kinross and over the Cleish hill.
Green Route - 53km - 34 Miles (climbing - 529 m / 1,735 ft) Start time: 8:30am
Lasting for 34 miles, our Green Route is the perfect route for Sportive newcomers. Completely redesigned for this year, the new route aims to enjoy the same support and scenery as the first 17 miles of the Red/Black, with stunning countryside and views as you ride over Dunearn Hill to Kirkcaldy, before turning back along the undulating Inverteil Road/B9157. This route should be within the reach of less experienced/able cyclists or for those where time may be limited on the day.