As part of our fundraising efforts towards the purchase of a snowgroomer, Lowther Hill will hold one of Scotland's most exciting cycling events: the Lowther Hills Snowball Sportive.

This October the Lowther Hills Ski Club and 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive are joining forces to create a new cycle sportive up to Scotland's highest road, to raise funds to buy a snow groomer for the Ski Club.

This will be a unique opportunity to cycle up Britain's 3rd tallest climb - the full height of Mennock Pass & Radar Road (15.2km / 611m climbing), including the private road to Scotland's highest piece of tarmac without stopping at the normally locked gates.

Event Details

Date: Sunday 4th October

Event Routes

The event will have 3 routes (100miles, 100km & 55km), lots of fast downhills, the legendary Mennock Pass, and a mountain top finish at Scotland's Highest Road.

1. The Big Wan

Similar to the old Radar Ride, featuring Devil's Beef Tub, Talla, Dalveen and finishing with the full climb (15.2km / 611m climbing) all the way up Mennock Pass, past the usually locked gates and the new Lowther Ski Tow onto the private road to Scotland's highest piece of tarmac.
This is for experienced Club Riders and Sportive Riders who already have many miles in the saddle. There are 6 major climbs on the course, including 3 of the toughest in Scotland, let alone just the Southern Uplands.

2. The Middle Wan

Lots of fast, gently rolling roads with great descents. A speedy drop down Dalveen pass TWO climbs up Mennock Pass, the 2nd climb finishing with the Radar Road. Ideal for club riders wanting an easy spin before strava smashing their way up the final climb to the top.

3. The Wee Wan

A 55km loop featuring a fast ride south down the Dalveen Pass, then up Britain's 3rd tallest cycle climb from Mennock Pass to the Radar Road.
Ideal for newish or less fit riders. We predict you will have 60 minutes of fun, gentle rolling roads and fast downhill, followed by 40 minutes of not too hard climbing, then 20 minutes of tough work towards the top.

Volunteers needed!

The ski club needs volunteers to make the inaugural Lowther Hills Ski Club Snowball Sportive on Sunday 4th October a great success. The cyclists will be following routes of up to 100 miles over some of the hilliest roads in the UK and finishing with a climb to the summit of Lowther Hill using Scotland's highest road. Naturally, we want to support the riders in their efforts but we need mobile volunteers at various points around the routes for tasks that may include -

Ensuring that all riders have passed through each given check point then moving on to the next position and repeating.

Offering bananas, water, energy bars etc to tired and hungry cyclists.

Marshalling riders at junctions, placing and removing temporary warnings to motor traffic etc.

The event will also be supported by mechanics, paramedics etc organised by the professional events company we are partnering with.

If we can make this event one that riders talk about for the right reasons, it could become one of the Ski Club's biggest revenue generators in future years and an important date on the UK Cycling calendar which puts the Ski Club and the Lowthers on the map.

This will be a busy day but a memorable one. Volunteers should need nothing more than warm, waterproof clothing, a packed lunch and flask of coffee/soup etc, a mobile phone and perhaps a camp chair. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and whether you have a car that you are willing to use for the day. Meeting point would be Wanlockhead (time/location to be advised) but may be around 7.30 am, and the day is expected to finish by about 4.00 pm.

The Snowball Cycle Sportive is a great opportunity for Scottish skiers to show their support for the Lowther Hills Ski Club and to get a first hand glimpse of the wonderful terrain (and views) of Lowther Hill and surrounds.

Lowther Hill, Scotland's highest tarmacked road. Video by Ski Club member Steven Gillespie.

Lowther Hill, Scotland's highest road, 26th February 2015.