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STAGE 9: BALBLAIR (BONAR BRIDGE) TO JOHN O'GROATS

Everyone should ride the Strathnaver Valley in their lifetime and few will savour it more than you knowing a finisher’s medal awaits

Overview

The long-awaited final day! And it never fails to impress. The undulating route takes in some of the remotest and most spectacular parts of Scotland and offers some of the best riding anywhere in the UK. The days starts with a climb up to the two highest points of the stage – Cnoc Staign and Strath Vagastie – before winding through the Strathnaver Valley and on towards the rugged North Atlantic Coast and the finishing line at John O’Groats! Lap up all of the praises and the hugs, there’s no one who deserves it more than those who complete this immense challenge!

Key stats

Distance: 104.1 miles

Ascent: 4,541ft

Challenge Rating: 4/5

Highlights of the Day

  • The remote splendour of the Strathnaver Valley
  • The rugged North Atlantic Coast
  • Views of the Orkneys
  • The long-awaited finish line at John O’Groats

Top Tip

Savour the moments of that final day. You’ve earned every single bear hug, high 5, text message, e-mail, donation and nod of admiration.  You will have completed something truly incredible.

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