Tour of the Cairngorms – Day 3

Tomintoul to Braemar

A relatively short (40km) day, but it turned out to be the hardest yet due to (a) the amount of climbing, and (b) the fatigue in our legs from the previous days. The weather was set fair, but chilly in the morning. After 10km, however, windproofs were off, and the rest of the day was riding in T shirts under blue skies.

First order of the day was a steady climb alongside the big, shallow, clear and beautiful River Avon to the Linn of Avon.

Beyond here the land rover track gradually deteriorates and the gradual climb becomes interspersed with short, sharp climbs.

We finally arrive at the top of the glen for a wonderful kilometre of singletrack.

At the far end of the loch, it’s time for lunch, so why not go to the beach?

We knew the next section had “a bit of a climb”, but before we get to it, there are one-or-two other obstacles to overcome.

On the way up the big climb, the expansive views do their best to take our minds off the pain in our legs.

Finally we’re at the summit, and have a long blast down the hill towards Braemar.

The descent is steep and loose, but fun!

After arriving at the River Dee and time-trialling along the road to Braemar, it’s time for high tea.

Overview/inspiration on  Today’s route: 40 km, 867m of climbing.