The model for City to Summit is a Half Marathon* followed by a 180km bike ride and a marathon* distance final run section.
In reality the half marathon is slightly long and the marathon is slightly short. This is due to the location of the transitions, which are positioned to give you the best possible service and experience.
The distances for each section of the event may change slightly up and down, but as a guide, these are the anticipated distances for 2018*:
Run I: 14.9 miles – 728 ft
Bike: 114.5 miles – 5,364 ft
Run II: 24.5 miles – 6,764 ft
*The use of ‘standard’ terms such as ‘Half Marathon/Marathon’ is terminology used to give a guide on format. In some cases, true event distance will not adhere exactly to that terminology – in short, these are ‘rough guide’ terms. Distances given in GPX and route map materials will be a more accurate representation the actual route. HOWEVER, we use an online resource alongside some real-life measuring to record distances as accurately as possible and these are as accurate as we will publish. There will always be some variation on the ground. Also, the route and therefore the distance are subject to change right up until (as well as during the day of) the event. We will endeavour to make you aware of any major changes in advance; however it may not be possible to share some minor changes as they occur. Please understand that all distances are therefore, by their nature, as exact as we can make them but can never be truly accurate to the metre.
Time trial or TT bikes are BANNED from this event. As are Time trial or Tri bars fitted to a road bike. This is for safety reasons. The ‘head down’ riding style of these types of bikes and bars is not compatible with the traffic conditions experienced along the route. All riders need to take a more ‘heads up’ and alert approach to ensure safe passage. Remember, the challenge is to complete this epic adventure and return to bask in the glory, it is not a race.
Run 1 – 1 pit stop; Water and energy drink only.
Expert Bike (Sunday) – 3 pit stops; water, energy drink, snacks (sweet and salty) and Bananas
Challenger Bike (Saturday) – 2 pit stops; water, energy drink, snacks (sweet and salty) and Bananas. There is no pit stop on the challenger day 2 bike leg.
Run 2 – 1 pit stop; water, energy drink, snacks (sweet and salty) and Bananas
Run 1 – 3hrs
Bike – 9hrs
Run 2 – 8hrs
The check point at the base of Ben Nevis is critical and relates to the safety of everyone on the mountain – participants and crew; if you make it through this check point but are slow it is likely you won’t make it to the summit check point as we will bring this turn around point down the mountain.
If you fail to make the cut-off you will be transported forward to the finish only.
YES. We offer the facility to have bags moved to and from Transitions and the Finish Area. Please see the Event Logistics page here for details of Expert and Challenger bag movements.
For those wishing to collect their rider’s bike without the rider being present at the BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION or Finish bike compounds, they will need to be presented with a Bike Collection wristband by their rider in advance of arriving at the bike compounds. The participant wishing to use this service will be issued a numbered wristband that matches their bike number upon signing a consent document at Registration.
BIKE COLLECTION FROM BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION
BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION is located at The Ice Factor National Ice Climbing Centre, Leven Rd, Kinlochleven, PH50 4SF. For a supporter to collect a bike then they will need to take the bike directly from the participant or have a Supporters Bike Collection wristband, that the participant signs for at Registration, authorising someone to take the bike. There is no security presence for bikes at BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION after 16:00.
BIKE COLLECTION FROM THE FINISH AREA
The Finish location is located at Lochaber Leisure Centre, Belford Rd, Fort William, PH33 6BU. For a supporter to collect a bike then they will need to have a Supporters Bike Collection wristband, that a participant signs for at Registration, authorising someone to take the bike. There is no security presence for bikes at the finish after 08:30 on Monday morning.