In response to the evolution of endurance riding in Britain moving towards faster speed and flatter and increasingly repetitive loops, a small group of endurance riders in Scotland have banded together to put on a ride that is, we believe, a real challenge.
The Cairngorm 100 ride is a point to point route across the challenging and stunning scenery of the Cairngorm National Park to be completed in 24 hours. The route has many challenges along the way and calls for the riders to have the ability to manage both themselves and their horses for long stretches without crew assistance in real wilderness country. Riders are tracked throughout the route using GPS tracker and horses are vetted in line with recognised National and International standards at regular intervals. However at times these checks will be carried out without crew assistance in the remoter areas.
The winner of the event is not necessarily the first past the post. This award is based on horse management throughout the ride. Points being awarded at each vet check with the final winner being chosen from the combination of the highest Vet score, plus Best Condition score, with a small score for the final arrival position. However “First Past the Post” will be recognised at the award ceremony.
The date for the 2017 CG100 ride has now been fixed for the 8th July 2017. The route staying, for the most part, the same as 2016. Starting at Glen Clova in the Angus Glens North of Dundee and finishing at Nethy Bridge, close to Aviemore in the North of the National Park.
We don’t claim this to be the hardest ride in the world, but we can say that you will have some stunning views while crossing the magnificent wilderness of the Cairngorms, Britain’s largest National Park and you will need to climb in excess of 4000 metres while doing so. To get the best view you need to go to the top of the hills. (Cloud base allowing)
The classes for 2017 will be 100 mile, 75 mile (Elevator) both starting at Glen Clova and a 50 mile and 30 mile route starting at Invercauld near Balmoral Castle. All subject to acceptance of our proposed routes from the land owners and the Cairngorm National Park.
If you are interested in taking part in the event send an e-mail to Penny on firstname.lastname@example.org and for general enquiries please address these to Clive at email@example.com. You can also follow the general updates on the Cairngorm 100 Facebook page