We now have a ride date for the 2019 Cairngorm 100 of Saturday 6th July.
Now that the Border 50 mile ride has taken place, thanks to Colin Sykes, and the 2018 riding season is coming to an end, it’s time for us to start preparations for the 2019 Cairngorm 100 mile ride.
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 navigate and 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 with points being scored at each vet check and the final winner chosen from the combination of the highest Vet score plus a score for the final arrival position, however “First Past the Post rider” will be recognised at the award ceremony.
The date for the 2019 CG100 ride has now been fixed for Saturday 6thJuly 2019. The classes for 2019 will be the 1 day 100 mile class, starting at Glen Clova, North of Dundee and a 56 mile class, starting at Lin of Dee near Braemar, the third Vet Gate for the 100 mile riders. The 56 mile route will follow the final section of the 100 mile route with both classes finishing at finishing at Nethy Bridge. The 56 mile class will be allowed 13 hours to complete the distance.
Riders completing the 100 mile within the 24 hours will be awarded a CG100 Buckle and the 56 mile riders will be awarded the “Half Way There” Buckle. (Please note Julia that 2 x Halfway there buckles does not qualify you for a CG 100 buckle)
We don’t claim this to be the hardest ride in the world but it will certainly test your horse management, stamina and navigational skills with minimum crewing assistance. What we can say that you will have some stunning views while crossing the magnificent wilderness of the Cairngorms, Britain’s largest National Park, whilst climbing in excess of 4000 metres.
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. The Website Cairgorm100.co.ukwill be updated regularly.
One of the things we do to enable us to fund the CG100 ride without a major sponsor is to run a trail ride each year. For the most part the trail ride follows the CG100 route from Glen Clove to Nethy Bridge over a four day period. Our last trail ride was a resounding success. It’s a holiday with testing riding. The trail ride is also the opportunity for riders planning to take part in the CG100 to get their horses hill fit prior to the ride. The date for the next trail ride is 2nd -7thJune 2019. The contributions from the trail riders to the CG100 funds makes it all possible, as does the sponsorship gained by Sally Toye, who over the last year has been giving a series of talks to various endurance riding groups about her exploits on her Mongol Derby ride. We thank all of you for your contributions.