Author Topic: Good alternatives to buffs?  (Read 1143 times)

richardh1905

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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #15 on: 17:27:45, 06/04/19 »
branded 'Bealach na Ba'  buff? I only know Bealach na Ba as the proper name for the Applecross pass road, though I'm sure there are probably other 'passes of the cattle'.

A specially produced buff that I picked up when I completed the Bealach na Ba cyclosportive many years ago. Still in use to keep out the Orkney wind and rain.

I came 7th from last out of 550 starters - but 70 did not finish!
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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #16 on: 17:35:55, 06/04/19 »
Rather you tha me cycling over the Bealach na Ba.

richardh1905

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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #17 on: 18:03:33, 06/04/19 »
Rather you tha me cycling over the Bealach na Ba.


Not something that I will be doing again.

Actually, the big climb wasn't the worst of it - the coast road from Applecross to Shieldaig was the real killer; the route profile for this section looked like the edge of a saw, and I was nearly swept up by the Broom Wagon.

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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #18 on: 18:17:11, 06/04/19 »
Yes, the coast road to Shieldaig is long, winding and steep in places. You also need to avoid the highland cows on the road. We go across to Shieldaig most years.

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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #19 on: 09:20:08, 07/04/19 »
A specially produced buff that I picked up when I completed the Bealach na Ba cyclosportive many years ago. Still in use to keep out the Orkney wind and rain.

I came 7th from last out of 550 starters - but 70 did not finish!



Respect O0


My sister lives across the glen nr Tornapress. When we used to go up for Christmas it was a tradition to get, if possible, to the top of the Bealach and build a snowman. One year the lovely children decided to make it more interesting by building a huge hermaphrodite snowman with all the necessary parts larger than life and heather stuck on the appropriate hairy bits. It was masterpiece ^-^ 
So many paths, so little time

richardh1905

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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #20 on: 09:33:41, 07/04/19 »
... a huge hermaphrodite snowman with all the necessary parts larger than life and heather stuck on the appropriate hairy bits. It was masterpiece ^-^


 ;D ;D ;D 


It was the first running of the Bealach na Ba cyclosportive, and BBC Scotland's Adventure Show were covering it. They ambushed me at the top of the climb, thrust a camera in my face and asked "What was it like?" - "It was murder", I replied in my dishevelled state, and I was both mortified and delighted to see myself utter those words on the telly a few days later - my 5 seconds of fame!
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Re: Good alternatives to buffs?
« Reply #21 on: 14:04:06, 07/04/19 »
It you can cycle up the Bealach, then perhaps you should look into taking part in the Celtman. Just a swim in Loch Shieldaig to Shieldaig, followed by a 200 mile cycle along the coast and back and then the small matter of a marathon including 2 Munros, before ending in Torridon village. My bad back isnít suited to cycling, otherwise I would be doing this my self, of course.  :D