We will update a few days before the event.

This page covers the staggered start, route and vital safety information. All the event numbers are now at Mercy Corps and collated.

Please take a note of the Tour de Forth emergency number and save it on your phone - 07555 147275.

Volunteers

Do your friends and family want to be a part of the Tour de Forth? Then let them know that we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help support you around the route. Interested people can get in touch by contacting Sophie.

Forecast for Sunday is a little wet with 70% chance of rain at 8am, temp is 15C with an 11mph South South Westerly breeze. The temp increases to 17C at noon with chance of rain dropping to 50% and wind strength increasing to 15mph (which will help you home!). There is a lot of rain forecast on Friday so some roads may still have water and be wet, check the forecast before you leave home so don’t forget your rain jacket and apply sun protection! Don’t forget your essentials from the previous email!

The Start

I am delighted to confirm that Gavin Hastings, International rugby legend, will be starting the Sportive. We are adopting a staggered start process for the Classic but will start the Nouveau at 0820 in one batch as the riders will spread out quickly before the Kirkliston traffic lights. We will set off groups of approximately 100 riders at 2 minute intervals. We propose you stand in a start zone as follows:-

Zone 1  – Riders 1 to 100 who will average > 17mph and expect to complete the route in around 3 hours

Zone 2 – Riders 101 to 200 who will average > 16mph and expect to complete the route in around 3 to 4 hours

Zone 3 – Riders 201 to 300 who will average >15mph and expect to complete the route in around 4 hours

Zone 4  – Riders 301 to 400 who will average >13mph and expect to complete the route in over 4 hours

Zone 5 – Riders 401 to 500 who will average >12 mph and expect to complete the route in around 4 to 5 hours

Zone 6 – Riders 501 to 600 who will average >11 mph and expect to complete the route in more than 5 hours

Zone 7 – Riders 601 to 700 who will average <11 mph and expect to complete the route in over 6 hours or are thinking about the broom wagon!

The Nouveau will start in one batch of riders at 0820 after the Classic.

The Route

Click here to download the route as a GPX to your garmin or save the link to the mobile friendly google map. Please note the google map starts and finishes on Lochend Road not at the actual start and finish at Ingliston!

It is an open road event so riders must obey the highway code at all times. We will have volunteers at all the key junctions with signage to show the way. We will depart onto Lochend Road and exit onto B800 towards Kirkliston and head for Dalmeny via Standingstanes Road, South Queensferry, Hopetoun House then join the Forth Road Bridge via the bus lane and then the cycle path on the West side of the Bridge. On the North side take care to stay on pavement then loop back onto the paved cycle track onto Hopeview Road. Then head for Rosyth, Limekilns and Charlestown then back to the A985, past Crombie, turning off down to Crombie point, please give way to pedestrians and dog walkers who may be out for Sunday stroll. After Torryburn, you carry on through Culross, past Longannet power station and sharp turn up to Kincardine Bridge, cycle slowly taking care and giving way to any pedestrians, stay on the pavement to the water station.

The water/snack station is at 30 miles - you are halfway! We will have water, bananas etc. and mechanics and portaloos. You need to leave the feedstation by noon to make the finish in time.

You head over the skinflats towards the Grangemouth, then up into the hills towards West Lothian Golf Club, taking care with the poor road surface on the descent after the golf club, back East towards Philipstoun, Linlithgow, then Winchburgh, via Fauchledean. After Winchburgh it is a straight run to Kirkliston and turning right back to Ingliston.

SECTOR CLOSING TIMES

We will be doing a final patrol of the route sectors at the following times. Any rider who has not completed the sector by then will be deemed to have retired from the event – we will endeavour to offer transport for any rider who has retired but cannot guarantee this as riders with medical requirements will have priority.

Kincardine feedstation 12.00

West Lothian Golf Club 13.00

Philipstoun 14.00

We will have Radio Forth providing some entertainment and music to celebrate your return and a food stand with snacks and tea/coffee to recharge your batteries after you have collected your finisher medal. A big thanks to Athletes Angels who are providing massages for a fee of £10 for 10 minutes, just turn up. We are hoping to create a bit of a party so please invite your friends to come to Ingliston to welcome you back. 

Due to popular demand, souvenir cowbells and Tshirts are available at £5 and £7.50 - ALL proceeds going to the two charities so bring a little extra cash if you want to take one home.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be organised by rider number, please note your rider number and arrive with your ID and confirm your contact and emergency contact details are correct. Open from 6.30am to 7.45am. If you want an extra 30 minutes in bed then please register between 2-4pm on Saturday 1st June at Edinburgh Bike Coop, 8 Alvanley Terrace, Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh, EH9 1DU. Don't forget to bring your numbers and emergency contact details on the Sunday and you can just grab a coffee or do the warm-up and go straight to the start line for the start at 8am.

You must register to receive your rider pack, including a bike and bib number – you must complete any medical information on the back of your bib number and put it in your pocket.

We recommend you aim to be at registration by 7am on the Sunday to be at the start line on time.

The event is all about raising funds for Mercy Corps and Cash for Kids, please remember that there is a full Movistar and Cervelo Bigla kit for the top fund raisers and 5 sunglasses for the highest team fundraisers, all kindly donated by Endura. See more at prizes

If you want to make a personal donation please use our donation page by clicking donate.

Lastly, please take care to get that gel packet or wrapper back in your pocket and try not to litter our beautiful country. Thank you for your support – see you on Sunday!