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15 September 2014

The Nine Stanes Ride  -  13th July 2014

 

By kind permission of Fasque and Glen Dye Estate, Mr and Mrs Brown, Pitdelphin,

Mr George Minty, Pitreadie, Audrey and Neil Strachan, Heatheryhaugh,

Charlie Neish, Geordie Petrie and Donald Petrie

and Mr and Mrs Alasdair Noble for the very kind use of the venue field.

 

Update 26 June 2014

After having to consider several not entirely suitable venues, thanks to the kindness of Mr & Mrs Noble we were very recently given the same field at Bridge of Bogendreip as last year. This is accessed by a low tunnel which means NO trailer or lorry more than 3 meters high can get onto the field.  Please check your rig carefully and remember the roof light if it has one.
The Distances this year will now be Taster 12km, Pleasure 24km, Competitive 30km and 52km. 
Route notes: There is rough rocky section on the 30 & 52km which must be ridden slowly and with care. Unshod horses are advised to wear boots. A time allowance will be given. The 52km requires part of the route to be repeated. 
Taster and Pleasure and the 30 & 52km rides require equal care in the short section after Pitdelphin Farm where the track is narrow and at one point runs alongside a steep drop to the right. This will be well marked as a walk section and overtaking here is forbidden.

All vetting will be at the venue.

 

Update 31/5/14

Last year's route to the South is currently unrideable. Therefore there will be no 80 or 60 kms classes.  The routes will therefore be in multiples of a 20 km and a 10 km loop to make up distances of 50, 30 and 20 kms.

 

The routes will be a little different from previous years with tracks through beautiful Deeside.  Mainly on forest tracks with a little roadwork and some great canter tracks.  Views will be good hopefully!

It's challenging, but a great fittener and hopefully it will prove fun.

 

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE: Grid NO661909

Coming from Banchory on the B974:  Follow B974 to village of Strachan and turn left (signposted Stonehaven and Fettercairn).  Stay on this road (B974) and follow it as it curves right and left up a short, steep hill.  About 1 mile past this hill you will cross a bridge over the Water of Dye; the venue field is on your left below the level of the road.  To enter the venue field drive over the bridge and take the first road on the right.  Follow the road as it curves to the right under the bridge.  THE BRIDGE HAS A MAXIMUM HEADROOM OF 3 METRES.  THERE IS NO ACCESS FOR TALLER VEHICLES.

  

MUCK:  PLEASE REMOVE ANY MUCK, STRAW, ETC FROM THE VENUE.

DOGS:  NO DOGS ON COURSE / DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON LEADS AT ALL TIMES AT THE VENUE.

 

EVENT TIMINGS:

Event Office opens 08:30

09:00 - 09:30 Vet for 52  CR............................ 09:30 - 10:00 Start for 55 CR

09:30 10:00 Vet for 30 CR.............................. 10:00 - 11:00 Start for 32 CR

10:00 - 11:00  Vet for Pl/Tr...............................  10:30 11:30 Start for Pl/Tr

10:00 - 11:00  Taster............................................. 10:30 11:30 Start for Taster

  

SPEED CATEGORIES & MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TIMES: 

Pleasure/Taster

min 8 km/h

max 11 km/h

12 km

1 hr 30 min

1 hr 6 min

24 km 3 hrs 2 hrs 11 min

 

CRs

Completion

(9 9.49 km/h)

SC3

(9.5 10.99 km/h)

SC2

(11 12.99 km/h)

SC1

(13km/h +)

30 km

3:20 3:10

3.09 2:44

2:43 2:19

<2:18

52 km

5:46 5:29

5:28 4:44

4:43 4:01

<4:00

The above Min/Max times are riding times and do not include allowance for vet halt.

TERRAIN ALLOWANCE (compulsory):

Taster = 4 mins

Pleasure = 8 mins

30 CR = 12 mins

52 CR = 20 mins

These allowances are not included in the above Min/Max times.

 

ROUTE MARKERS:

1.     Letter signs, blue paint and Red/White tape will be the normal form of marking. 

2.     Yellow tape denotes a hazard.

3.     Signs with arrows directing all riders will also be used.

 

GATES:

You will be riding through fields and over moor-land that contain sheep.  It is vitally important that you leave every gate as you find it.  Do not rely on others who are behind you to close a gate.  If in doubt leave a gate SHUT.

 

CREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Crewing is allowed on any public road and in forestry car parks.  Very limited parking space at CP1. Raynet will have water at both CPs.

 

TOILETS:  The SERC Portapotty will be on site. 

 

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION:  Contact the ride organisers.