Last year the Isle of Mull Cycle Club hosted its inaugural sportive and, building on the success, 2012 sees a spectacular looking choice of two ride lengths – 87 and 44miles – around some of the most scenic coastlines in the country. Starting and ending in the beautiful waterfront town of Tobermory (HQ map here) which is known to all pre-schoolers as the fictional Balamory, the 87miler climbs 1700m along roads which, although not closed hardly need to be such is the famed tranquillity of the island, whilst the shorter route also throws in a more than sufficient 1000m of ascent.
This is an absolute classic Scottish bike ride and if the renowned natural beauty and friendliness of the area isn’t enough (!) to encourage you to part with a very reasonable £25 entry fee, then perhaps the fact that a meal in McGochan’s bar post-race is complimentary should be. Registration will take place from 5pm the day before (Saturday, June 9) with the ride getting under way from 8am on the Sunday. Full details and online entry available at www.mullcyclosportive.co.uk