Good man/(woman), I've done it a couple of times a few years ago and it was good having the closed roads experience. However, they have priced themselves out of the market for me, as I can ride those roads free of charge any time as I live not too far away.
That aside, it's pretty up and down the whole way and the main climb is on the lower reaches of Schiehallion. It's reasonably ok and not too steep. While the commuting miles won't do you any harm, you need to make sure you have a good few longer rides under your belt. Between now and then, build up towards the 80-odd miles that you will be doing, so that you have done a couple of rides at least in the 60-70 mile range. Your body will then know what to expect, and you can have the confidence that you will be able to manage the distance on the day and without feeling too stressed about it. It depends on your existing base level of fitness how much additional training you will have to do.
It is a spectacularly scenic sportive and one which you will enjoy with a sensible level of preparation. Good luck with it.
Wow, looks like a cracking event.
However, the moment I see "Schiehallion" anywhere, all my thoughts turn to beer... hhmmmmm, beer, drool.
PB is the most sensible person on here.
Thanks Jim. Very informative and a good view on what to expect. I was a little surprised about the entry cost myself, but on the basis that it's run by Marie Curie (or have i been duped into believing that?) i was happy enough to give them some dosh. You may now tell me that they don't actually make the profit!
Watch the left turn at Logierait!
It'll be a lot easier than you think.
Glad you enjoyed it. The whole "riding in a pack" bit, whilst fun, kinda makes the time a bit meaningless though (unless you're simply comparing it to other people who rode in the same sized pack). But that's just my take on these things.