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#1 Posted : 15 May 2019 12:30:50(UTC)
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Hi All
Not sure how many members are aware that currently our TT course is deemed not fit for use by Scottish Cycling. This is a consequence of the poor road condition approximately 200m before the Dumnaglass turn point .

The Highland Council advise it is up to either SSE or Forestry commission to sort out but meantime they have had no complaints about this section??!

The best means of making progress is for members to complain directly to the Council Roads Dept. The OS grid reference for the problem location is NH 6107 2441

The phone number to contact is 01349 886601 .

Previously we have also reported defects to the Community Operations manager.........John.Taylor2@highland.gov.uk.

The TT course will be out of action until the road is repaired.

This road as most club members know, is also very popular as a general cycle route.

Support is required to generate some action on this dangerous section.

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#2 Posted : 16 May 2019 16:47:08(UTC)
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This also affects our club confined time trial, the last 200m or so to the turn is not safe to hold even a small club event, the road has deteriorated so much that opposing riders would be on the same line which ain't good, never mind if a car approaches.

Only good news is that some spray paint has been laid down in the last week... possibly indicating imminent resurfacing?

I had a look at the daviot course for the club confined and I don't think it would work for our low numbers as it would need 2 marshalls at the turn.
I have almost drawn a blank looking for other traffic and furniture free courses locally,

So its voting time, either we leave it or the best I can offer is 3 options each with their own drawbacks

1 Househill to white bridge. Start B90101/A9339 at househill. Start top of hill continue west on b90101 and turn at bell mouth for the minor road to galcantry. Return to bottom of hill. (has traffic lights in Cawdor which stopped its use as a BC event but will not affect confined time trial. No special marshalls required, 271 ft climbing

2 Stuart castle- fort George. Start east on B9039 top of hill at Stuart castle, left at Ardersier and turn at fort George and back to start. 180ft, left and right turn.

3. Leave it till the road is fixed... suggestions below!
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#3 Posted : 16 May 2019 17:24:01(UTC)
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Despite being new and never done a tt (yet), my tuppence worth would be avoiding Fort George. I say that on safety concerns as the squaddies that use the road drive with little care for themselves nevermind anyone else.
I could see the househill one working better.
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#4 Posted : 16 May 2019 19:08:07(UTC)
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Other courses are available but the key to getting the Croachy course repaired is to complain to the Highland Council .

The more complaints the greater likelihood of getting some action

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#5 Posted : 16 May 2019 20:29:14(UTC)
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I have emailed today and cc’d both SSE and Forestry Commission.

Another thought would be TT on the same road but from Ruthven turnoff to Inverarnie junction and back or visa versa?
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#6 Posted : 17 May 2019 08:24:56(UTC)
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Have done Phil!



Originally Posted by: Iain Go to Quoted Post

TT on the same road but from Ruthven turnoff to Inverarnie junction and back or visa versa?


We looked at this a few years ago... we had to rule out due to the bottle neck and poor surface at socaich (that's where the squirrel signs are!) and the narrow bridge near the current start has the same problem of two opposing cyclists on the same line.

Might be best to just leave it till the road is fixed?
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#7 Posted : 21 May 2019 15:35:42(UTC)
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Response from John Taylor today....

‘Thanks for your response. We are addressing the potholing with ‘Jetpatching operations’ and will subsequently be surface dressing over the next couple of months.

JT’
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#8 Posted : 21 May 2019 18:17:28(UTC)
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Was down at the Dunmaglass turn in the car at the weekend, and they've already had an 'attempt' at fixing it - the usual top dressing of chips... Still a terrible surface (the holes are now raised bumps) and extremely slippy now too!

Unless that section is redone properly I don't think there's any chance of using it for TTs.

They need to realise that sometimes a full resurfacing is the only safe option...

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#9 Posted : 22 May 2019 15:10:13(UTC)
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I went along it today. It has been surface dressed with lots of loose chippings, but was in much better condition than before. I think it will settle down pretty quickly and hopefully suitable for TT within a few weeks.
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#10 Posted : 22 May 2019 16:21:21(UTC)
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Folks, it was Gavin Clark and I that deemed it unsuitable for BC TT’s. I rode it last week and they had done some work on it though it still wasn’t quite suitable for a TT. I’m planning to ride it tomorrow on the back of Peters report and I’ll let you know if it would be passed for a BC event.

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#11 Posted : 25 May 2019 16:46:37(UTC)
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What was the verdict today Donald?
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#12 Posted : 25 May 2019 17:24:46(UTC)
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What was the verdict today Donald?


Not perfect and needs a bit of sweeping but good to go.

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