Day 7: Hamilton to Fort William

The Queen stage, the leg buster or just… Day 7.

Everything about this stage is big: the distance, the mountains, the smiles at the finish

At 126 miles and with 6,000ft of climbing, this is the longest and arguably the most challenging stage of the route. We will start an hour earlier than usual on this day to clear the suburbs of eastern Glasgow. With the sun rising, you will then get really stuck into the Highlands with the crossing of the Campsie Fells. But that is just the start as from there it just gets more and more beautiful as you cycle around the Trossachs and cross the world famous Glen Coe. The descent into Fort William is unforgettable knowing that you have well and truly broken the back of the Ride. The atmosphere in the camp is electric as each rider is clapped in from the mountains.

Key stats

  • Distance: 126.3 miles
  • Ascent: 5,790ft
  • Challenge Rating: 5/5

Highlights of the Day

  • The Campsie fells
  • The desolate, windswept beauty of Rannoch Moor
  • The world famous Glen Coe Pass
  • The final 10 miles of flat loch-side riding into camp

Top Tip

Don’t stop for too long at pit stops. By this stage you will be tired from over 600 miles of riding and it’s a long day in prospect. 20 minutes is an ideal amount of time to stop before the body slows down, so three shorter stops is the best way to tick off the Queen stage.

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