Arran Sportive is back for third time

The Arran Sportive is returning this weekend.

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A major charity cycle event will descend on Arran again this weekend.

The Arran Sportive, which raises funds for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, is now in its third year and nearly 130 cyclists have signed up this year.

The event is being held today (Saturday) with its base at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick with a 9am start and residents and visitors should be aware that the island roads will be particularly busy with cyclists. Being a sportive the event is non-competitive.

However, it is a challenging open road event which covers 56 miles (90km), a full island loop with 1,300 metres of climbing. The route starts and finishes in Brodick going anti-clockwise around the island.

The event is organised by and is entirely in aid of youth development charity Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. All proceeds of the event will go directly to the charity to help them deliver their life changing Adventure under Sail to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At Arran Community Council last week members agreed it was one of the better organised events staged on the island.

And organisers have issued a list of rules to participants. These include:  ‘Please remember that the Arran Sportive is non-competitive and therefore not a race. Please ensure you act accordingly when participating.

‘You will be riding on open public roads alongside other traffic so it is essential for your own safety, and that of all other road users, that you comply with all traffic and Highway Code regulations.

‘Route marshals are there only to indicate the direction of the route. Marshals cannot and will not stop traffic. You are responsible for your own safe and legal passage through all junctions, turns,
traffic lights, etc.’

They say there will be a sweep of the course at the end of the race which will be finished by 5pm.


Participants taking part in a previous event. NO_B37sportive01