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Culloden Wee Battle Sportive: Saturday 4th September

Rider Information



The route is the Wee Battle as used in previous Culloden Challenge events. The start and finish will be the Culloden Battlefield.

The route is over varied, rolling terrain with much of the course being on quiet rural roads. The distance is 68kms (42 miles) with total climbing of 776m (2,546 ft).


Fund raising

The event is being held specifically to raise funds for HiVelo in support of its campaign to build an all-weather cycling complex centred around an indoor velodrome but also including a dedicated outdoor racing circuit, BMX facilities, a general skills and training zone and indoor training studios. This will serve the Highlands and North of Scotland on a site in eastern Inverness.

Every pound we raise is critical and will be put towards a good cause; one that, in due course, will directly benefit every rider in our region.

To reflect appropriate COVID-19 protocols, there will be no formal HQ or centralised rider timing. The emphasis is on providing a signed route for riders and support on the route. This support will include a food and water stop around the half way point, broom wagon and marshals at strategic points along the route.

This will be a fun event and an opportunity to ride some wonderful scenic and quiet roads; and all in aid of a great cause.

How to enter

Entry to the event will be means of the British Cycling website. Cost of entry to the event is £20 and the event is open to all riders aged 18 or over.  https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/home

Start and finish

The Culloden Battlefield Centre provides general facilities that can be used by riders. These include café and toilets. The start time for first riders to leave will be 10:30am with the start remaining open until 11:30.

Entered riders will be issued with a number at the start area. These numbers will be retained by riders when they finish so there is minimal need for interaction with the support team at the finish. Riders will be issued with zip ties for mounting their rider numbers but will be expected to do this task themselves.

Car Parking

There is limited space for riders at the Culloden Battlefield Centre. This is charged parking at the rate of £2 (pay and display). Please bear in mind that the Battlefield Centre is a public visitor attraction and the car parking there is provided for the benefit of such visitors.

We encourage local riders to make their own way to the start by cycling.

For those coming from further afield, we have access to car parking at the University of Highlands and Islands Campus and we recommend riders to use this option. This is a short ride away from the start (6 kms / 3.7 miles) and there will be signage directing riders to the start.


In common with normal sportives, the event is not a race. However, we know that riders want to know their elapsed time. Whilst we are offering no centralised timing, the route exists as a Strava segment ( https://www.strava.com/segments/13392165) and so riders can determine their time over the course should you have a compatible bike computer.



Event Terms & Conditions

  1. It is a prior condition of entry that you have read, accepted and agreed to abide by the following terms and conditions.
  2. Entrants must further follow the guidance to the organiser, set out in British Cycling’s “Non Competitive On-Road Event Guidelines and Best Practice” which can be found online at :

Non Competitive Event Guidelines

  1. Entrants must also follow any Covid 19 guidance issued by the organisation.

Failure to comply may invalidate the event third party (public) liability insurance provided by British Cycling.

  1. Ride Organiser : Entry

The ride organiser on behalf of the Highland Velodrome Trust is Julian Foot who can be contacted, for urgent queries only, at julian.foot@gmail.com

Please note that entries and fees will only be accepted through the official online Scottish / British Cycling site (connect directly via the RED BUTTON on our HOME PAGE).

  • In using the online system, riders should be aware that they are agreeing to British Cycling terms & conditions.
  • The closing date for online entries is 23.55 on Wednesday 1st September 2021 or earlier once 400 valid entries have been accepted for the ride.
  1. Non-Refundable Entry

Entry for the sportive ride is non-refundable and no transfer of entry is allowed. No refunds will be provided if the ride is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the Organiser’s control such as extreme weather conditions or major incidents.

  1. Fitness and Capability

It is the participant’s responsibility to withdraw from the event should they be suffering from any of the Covid 19 symptoms as currently described by the NHS

High temperature

New and continuous cough

Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Should this be the case please do not come to the event.

Sportive rides are designed for participants who can bring the strength and stamina needed to complete the challenge. It is the sole responsibility of entrants to achieve the level of training and competence commensurate with the particular ride that they have chosen. The organiser reserves the right to terminate any rider’s participation on responsible health and safety grounds. However, generous ride time standards will be in place, and uplift by the following ‘broom wagon’ will be available should such assistance be required.

  1. Equipment

Each rider is responsible for the condition and road worthiness of their own cycle and equipment but the organiser reserves the right to refuse a start to any entrant whose cycle is judged unfit for the purpose of the event or which could compromise the safety of other riders.  Please note that the use of triathlon handlebars or other time trial bar extensions is strictly not permitted in BC-registered sportive events where group safety is paramount. All participants are encouraged to use a suitable rear light and to carry a pump, tyre levers and spare tube/s during the ride. Mechanics will be in support of the event but their attention may be subject to delays.

  1. Helmets and Clothing

A hard-shell helmet which conforms with current CE standards must be worn at all times by riders during the event and in the course of transit between ride HQ and the start/finish. Any participant observed in breach of this condition will be automatically disqualified and withdrawn from the ride.  Riders should be suitably attired to complete the event in safety and comfort bearing in mind its duration and the possibility of changeable weather conditions. Additional waterproof clothing should be taken where appropriate. Riders are also advised to carry some money and a suitable form of identification containing their name/address and third party contact details for use in any incident.

  1. Age Limit

You must be not less than 18 years of age on the day of the ride to participate.

  1. Accompanying Vehicles

Only official ride vehicles will be permitted to accompany the riders. Personal or club support vehicles are forbidden to follow or precede riders and any use/breach of this condition will result in immediate expulsion of that entrant.  Riders must not take food, drink or clothing from anyone whilst moving – any such assistance from a stationary vehicle shall only be received whilst the rider is stopped in a safe place off the road carriageway.

11.   Mobile Phones

Riders are encouraged to carry a mobile phone.  However this must not be used whilst riding. You should dismount in a safe place off the carriageway before receiving or making calls, taking photographs etc. The use of any type of earphones or headset by participants whilst riding is also strongly discouraged.

12. Ride Conduct

The Challenge is not a race. Riders will be sent off from the start point in groups of up to 20 at approximately two minute intervals. It is the rider’s responsibility to have regard for their own safety and that of fellow competitors and other road users at all times.  They must comply with the laws of Scotland and the provisions of the Highway Code.  Cyclists should proceed in an orderly manner in single file or not more than two abreast where appropriate, and extend all reasonable courtesy to other users. Traffic lights must be obeyed and recognised hand signals used when making turns or slowing down.  A number of marshals dressed in reflective vests will be deployed at specified points around the ride in accordance with the Safety Assessment. Please remember that marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists, but will do their best to help riders to negotiate junctions/turns safely. You must not deviate from the official ride route.  Competitors are responsible for navigating the correct course in accordance with the supplied route map and signage provided. Please have respect and do not litter the countryside or towns with wrappers, surplus containers etc – there will be trash bins provided for all waste materials at the official service points.

13. Signing On & Ride Numbers/Timing

Ride HQ will be Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Inverness IV2 5EU where car parking is available.  Registration will open from 9am when riders will receive any final pre-ride information and collect their number and zip ties. Ride numbers should be fitted and displayed clearly on the handlebars.  Any rider without a number will be refused assistance and asked to leave at ‘pitstops’ and all other ride facilities. Numbers may be retained as a souvenir of the ride.

14.  Ride Finish/Start

The ride will start and finish on the ‘shared’ path adjoining Culloden Battlefield and the Keppoch Inn. You will not be permitted to enter the start area except by use of the signposted National Trust for Scotland visitor carpark entrance.  Please do not expect to enter the start lane early as Covid protocols require us to ensure riders are in close proximity at the start lane for the minimum amount of time.

Paid parking is available in the Visitor Centre car park with overflow parking at Inverness University Campus. Parking, waiting or offloading from any vehicle on the B9006 or verge in the vicinity of the start line is strictly forbidden and may result in exclusion from the event. Please await your start turn and obey the starter’s instructions. Participants will be flagged away from 10.30am in groups of up to 20 with a short interval between groups.  

15.  Support Services

There will be a road-side pitstop around half distance (location to be advised). Participants displaying ride numbers will have access to water and some small snacks.  Food supplies are subject to demand and availability – early callers are asked to have regard for the needs of later arrivals in this regard.  All riders are recommended to carry one or more bottles to assist with hydration during the event and these can be topped up at the service points.  Carrying your own selection of small snacks, energy bars or gels for personal use would also be wise.

16.  Incidents & Insurance

The Culloden Cycle Challenge is registered with Scottish Cycling and carries British Cycling event insurance.  This provides third party (public) liability cover for all riders together with the organiser, officials and volunteers for the duration of the event.  Competitors may wish to check or arrange their own personal injury cover.  In the event of accident or injury during the ride, all such incidents should be reported to ride officials and suitable records/documentation completed.  The rides will be accompanied by qualified first aid teams. Serious incidents will also require prompt reporting/attendance of police/ambulance resources and require the full co-operation of all parties including witnesses.

17. General

The Culloden Cycle Challenge proceedings will be subject to appropriate Scots/UK law. The Highland Velodrome Trust and its successor/s hereby assert full copyright over the branding and event arrangements. Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of material provided above, this is not warranted and may be subject to revision at any time.  All rights reserved.





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