Trossachs Ton testimonials
Fantastic day out; brilliant weather, super route, great organisation and support.
Only spoiled at end by the rather noisy generator supporting the hot-food wagon! Rather spoiled the ambience deserved after 100 miles.
Great day great organisation will defiantly try and do it next year......
Rab MacNabJune 2012
Well this was my fourth trip round the TT route and I think it was my best. The weather was just right for riding, damp but windless. i was eaten alive by the midges but only on the exposed parts! Fantastic organisation once again and some of the roads had been resurfaced which was nice. The route back to Stirling is much better although the legs are a little weary by then.
Many thanks to all of the team. I'll be back next year. More skin so soft on order.
Jim heathJune 2012
A total newbie, I did take the advice and trained properly for it, which meant that I was not only fit for it, but could push myself and finish strongly. Took first part to Aberfoyle steady, and had plenty legs for the Duke. Midges had the tackety boots on at Loch Katrine where the support team were brilliant, they were at all 3 stops. With plenty left in the tank, I really hammered the last stretch - well, including steady, on saddle riding up entire Crow Road. Bumpy from there for a few miles then a fun rapid finish to Stirling. Well done to all organisers and thanks: it had been my obsession for months, losing 2 stone in the process, and didn't let me down in any way. Nice to raise money for charity along the way too. I'd recommend it to anyone!
Colin BuchananJune 2012
Another triumph by the Trossachs Ton team! I've completed the 100 mile route for the 3rd time now and it just gets better every year. The organisation was fantastic and the route, though tougher in the first half (the A81 braes and then the Dukes Pass-ouch!!) was much more comfortable on the wheels! A very good call on cancelling Loch Katrine!! My only concern would be the section back to Kippen roundabout along the A811 after turning off the A81 at the Drymen junction. A very busy road with more than a few impatient drivers which must have been intimidating for less experienced riders. Having the timing chip is a great idea though it doesn't account for your feed stops or lunch break but it still gives a good idea of the general time from start to finish. Well done to all the staff and I look forward to next year!!
Neil McleodJune 2011
never done one of these before, and only started training seriously beggining of march, iv got the bug, had such a great day, 4 hours, on a 1986 chromealloy 12 gear raleigh record sprint bought from recyke a bike for 150 pounds, can,t wait for the glasgow 100. also my seven year old son was very ill on several occasions over the first 3 years of his life so this is a fantastic cause to ride for
trossachs tonJune 2011
Well, this was my first cycling event ever and considering that I only took up cycling this year, I was so nervous about what to expect. I opted for the 100 mile event and now I can say that I am so pleased that I did.
I am local to the area so the geography of the route was pretty well known to me including the imfamous Dukes Pass and Crow Road.
These two particular sections caused me a great deal of physical pain but also highlights an area of training required for future events.
The other more experienced riders were fantastic with loads of words of encouragement as they passed me which made me feel good and so boosted my want to go quicker. THANKS all.
I completed the event in 7hrs 30mins and this with two impact punctures due to some shocking road surfaces. My total ride time in the saddle was about 6hrs 50mins which I was so pleased with.
I enjoyed it so much, I have entered into the TT next year and also the Etape Caledonia.
If you havnt cycled in one of these events before and are considering this one, go for it, you wont regret it. If you can cycle 50miles comfortable then you will be able to complete this event with a bit of training..
Finally a big thanks to all who organised the event and who helped on the day...
Ray CrossanJuly 2010
My first 100 for charity but certainly not the last. A supremely well organised day that looked after all riders from start to finish. Things of note? The weather, the company, the worthwhile charity and the jelly bean and peanut "shooters" at Loch Katrine were an inspired and quirky choice and made me and my friend smile. It was a challenging course but lots of encouragement from the roadside and other riders kept us going, the Cross Border 100 beckons if its anywhere near as organised as the Trossachs run. Can only agree with comments regarding the road surfaces - maybe consider round Strachur/Dunoon and enjoy those hilly but very smooth roads in the coming years?
Marc TJuly 2010
Many thanks to everyone involved in organising and running this great event. Particular thanks to the marshalls and feed station operators who did a fantastic job. I owe a cold beer to the bloke who gave me his spare inner and to the driver who gave me a lift back to the service van at Aberfoyle to replace my shredded tyre after it had gone pop too! Thanks guys.
No thanks to the relevant Councils for the state of the roads. It's only a matter of time before they do a rider and/or their bike some serious damage. Still, if I ditch the bike and take up caving, I know where to go... Can I suggest that everyone who feels the same goes onto their websites and drops Stirling and East Dumbartonshire Councils a friendly wee email!
Thanks to all staff and volunteers for a great day. I knew most of the hills, but Loch Katrine and Balfron were a real surprise and I almost needed the last rites!
The roads are unfortunately dangerous in places and I suffered damage about 45 miles in coming down from Stronachlacher when I had nowhere to go due to an oncoing car and holes a tank couldnt negotiate.
I know most of the area quite well and to be honest lots of the roads are bad in the area and I cant think of a clear route through. The really rough part at the end of the Carron Valley just before the pub and the left turn has only deteriorated since the weather changed.
Finally, we took a 3 mile extra detour at Thornhill, as apparently many people did according to the farmer who wondered where everyone was going, I still dont know where we went wrong, it was a bit frustrating to overtake all the same people again!
All in all a great and very, very tough event.