Glencoe Halo BDS - Race Preview

Jun 30, 2012 at 10:37
by Simon Paton  

The British weather has been very unpredictable lately, this past week has seen wide spread flooding and disruption with as much as a month's rain, falling within one day. In fact June in the UK has been the wettest since records began! The race director is praying for better weather than last year which nearly saw Glencoe mountain being blown away with gale force winds.

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How bad was it last year? Fast forward to 3mins 40secs and the flying table incident and that was in the car park.

Some say we are insane to organise another UK National at Glencoe, especially after last year's event was cancelled on the Sunday morning after 100mph wind gusts hit the top of the track. It's not table tennis we play and fighting everything mother nature can throw at us is all part of mountain biking, isn't it? If the weather is kind to us and it should, considering we are in the middle of summer, then the gamble will pay off. There is no way can you turn down a UK venue with a chairlift and an amazing course to match. Lets just hope you are not scared of heights.

Course Description:
The track at Glencoe is rated as one of the toughest in the U.K. The top section is fast and flowing before you enter the steep and exposed rock sections before you plummet into the boarded switchbacks and straighter, rockier lines down below. All of which without a tree insight, meaning spectacular views for all.

-The start is 740 meters above sea level.
-The finish is 320 meters above sea level.
-420 meters is the total vertical drop and the track is 1.25 kms long.

Glencoe from the road.

Glencoe from the road.

200 of the finest and fastest UK racers have signed up for this one, so not everybody has been prepared to take the gamble of entering and with the track available to ride on the Friday will mean everybody will get more runs than a baseball team.

Halo British Downhill Series Rd 3
Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012

Event Location:
Glencoe Mountain Ltd
PH49 4HZ

Telephone 01855 851 226

O/S Co-Ordinates are Grid Reference NN266524
Fort William is the nearest major town.

By Road: Glencoe is situated on the A82, 26 miles south of Fort William and 23 miles north of Crianlarich.

From the north, head down to Fort William and keep following the road south. From the south, take the M74 to Glasgow and from here, follow signs for Dumbarton on the A82. Past Dumbarton, the A82 continues all the way to Glencoe. This very scenic route will take you along the shores of Loch Lomond as you head north to Crianlarich, Tyndrum and finally over Rannoch Moor, from where the ski centre is clearly sign posted.

Alternatively, if you are travelling from the east, there are several routes off the A9 which take you to Crianlarich and north. These include the A84 from Perth, the A85 from Stirling and the A827 from Balinluig.

Glencoe can also be so beautiful.

Glencoe can also be so beautiful.

Parking:Parking and spectating is free all weekend at the event.


Categories and running order:
Juvenile - Leisure Lakes
Youth - Rose Bikes
Veterans - Stendec
Masters - Nukeproof
Women - Monster
Elite Women - Schwalbe
Junior Men - Fox Head
Senior Men - Knox
Expert Men -
Elite Men - Schwalbe

The chair lift is not for the faint hearted.

The chair lift is not for the faint hearted.

2012 Halo BDS Race Schedule:
09:30 Open practise for all riders.
18:00 Course Closed.

08:30 Open Practise for all.
10:45 Course Closed.
11:00 Racing.
16:00 Podium.

PA System: A full Public Announcement Facility will be on site with announcements throughout the day. A Notice Board will be also on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.

Toilets: This will also include disabled and urinal facilities. All will be serviced on Saturday evening and restocked throughout the weekend.

Retailers: will be trackside with spares.

Camping: Glencoe has micro lodges, camper/caravan hook up points and a campsite for those who want to be boy scouts in their tents.

The midges can be a nightmare! Make sure you cover yourself in midge repellent. My repellent of choice is Avon Skin So Soft. If it rains, the wind speed is above 5mph or it's hot and sunny they don't come out to play. If they are out make sure you close up everything as they will have a rave / disco in your tent, van, car or motor home. Avon Skin So Soft will be on sale at the event.

Uplift: The chairlift at Glencoe is an open bench chair lift with a safety bar, hopefully you are not afraid of heights.

Catering: Food and refreshments will be provided by Glencoe Resort.
The onsite caterers will be open as follows:
Friday until 21:00
Saturday Food until 21:00, Bar until 23:00

Lets hope we have seen the back of this weather..

Lets hope we have seen the back of this weather..

Stay Unclipped.

Si Paton..
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  • + 61
 I love summer in the UK, it's my favourite day of the year.
  • + 1
 ha ha Smile
  • + 1
 pmsl Smile
  • + 10
 we love summer weather in the uk.
  • + 3
 Boy, thats some crazy ass weather. I guess its Christmas in July. Here in Omaha, Its been over a hundred degrees, dry and freakn sunny for the last two weeks. That weather looks pretty nice.
  • + 10
 Christmas is always December mate, ohh you Americans with your hot weather and geography
  • + 5
 mud tires are for pussies YOLO
  • + 26
 yolo is the carpe diem for idiots hahah
  • + 1
 damn it caste1200 you got that from that dustin gilding article on the home page! at least give credit!
  • + 3
 'YOLO' is for chavvy girls who want an excuse to act like a slut. Next person who shouts it in my face is getting a smack. Grow up.
  • + 1
 Yup. It's supposed to mean you only have one life so do something meaningful with it... seems like the cool kids have taken it to mean the opposite.
  • + 1
 amen to caste!
  • + 1
 @Angryham i havent read that article, i probably got it from 9gag or something like that hahah
  • + 1
 haha ok lol
  • + 1
 I believe its a Jack Black quote.
  • + 1
 do you know what carpe diem means?
  • + 1
 Fish of the Day? Smile

Seize the Day innit.
  • + 4
 i really dont see why everyone was complaining, thats a decent day like
  • + 2
 Yasss the picture of glen coe from the road, the wee silver fiesta right at the front is my old car that day was magic but cold :L
  • + 1
 If you decide to build a trail in one of the wettest and windiest places in europe, you can't then complain about the weather.
  • + 1
 Last year i seem to remember getting more armpump on the chairlift, as it smashed into the pillars than from the downhill track...
  • + 1
 Although it's moist here at the mo, should be a huge improvement on last year
  • + 1
 it says avon skin so soft is a good midge repellent. still not as good as smidge...
  • + 1
 Expedition 50/50 is the one you want
  • + 4
 bunkey, why you on girly night out . MAAAATTTEEE
  • + 1
 Why are you not on girly night out?

Cannae beat it son.
  • + 1
 Hold it wide, let it slide. Looks sick!
  • + 1
 Cant wait bring it on photo will come next week
  • - 2
 panzer103 - I hate to break it to you that:

a) Scotland is in the N hemisphere so experiences the same seasons as the US.

b) Christmas is at the same time in every country! Jeeeeeeeeez
  • + 2
 His summer doesn't sound like the same season as ours, it sounds dry Razz
  • + 1
 Glencoe after 2 months of torrential Scottish rain.............hardcore!
  • + 1
 Sorry , but have you ridden it in the dry on opening day yet ... Has to be the scariest experience of my life , the wet makes its nice and tame
  • + 1
 I see summers cancelled again in Scotland.
  • + 1
 Slicks all the way lol

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