At the end of April 2018 we cycled the North Coast 500.
I have put together a journal of how that went together with information on where we stayed, where we ate, the equipment we used, and other recommendations.
First up, I should clarify that this was our take on the North Coast 500, rather than the published route, albeit it followed it very closely for most of the way.
We had ridden to John O’Groats (on previous separate LE to JOG rides), so we modified the north-east element of the published North Coast route to reach Dunnet Head, and then return south.
We took 7 days to complete the loop, starting on Saturday 28th April and arriving back on Inverness on Friday 4th May 2018.
Total distance covered was 858km, total ascent 10427m, and 39 hours, 41 minutes riding in the saddle, (and too many cakes and coffees to count ! )
Checkout each days journal, together with detailed itinery, route and photos !
Equipment - The Bike
Bike – Boardman Team Aluminium Hybrid, Carbon Forks.
SRAM Apex Gears 2x10 with 11-32 cassette
FSA Gossamer 50/34 Chainset
SRAM Guide RS Front and Rear Hydraulic Disk Brakes
SKS Full Length Chromoplastic Mudguards
FSA Team Issue 10 speed chain
Tortec Transalp Disc Rack
Garmin 705 GPS
Equipment - Spares and Tools
Three inner tubes, and a puncture repair kit.
Spare spokes (one of each length to cover front/rear drive and non-drive side)
Spare chain links, mini chain link removal tool and one pair disc pads
Mini-pump, tyre levers
Rear Mech Hanger
Equipment - Clothing
One long sleeved jersey
Two merino wool base layer tops
Two pairs lycra cycling shorts
Two pairs cycling socks
One pair cycling mitts
One pair of under gloves (liners)
One pair lycra leg warmers
One pair neoprene overshoes
One fluorescent waterproof jacket
Two cotton caps and a wool beanie
One pair sunglasses
One pair lightweight long trousers , long sleeve top and trainers for off bike wear
The wool beanie, leg warmers and under gloves were worn every day.
The first few hours riding were chilly
The waterproof jacket was worn as much for wind protection as rain protection