Scotland's Radar Ride sportive returns after six-year hiatus

The Radar Ride in Scotland's highest village is back with another summit finish

(Image credit: David Mallows)

Scotland's Radar Ride will return to the UK sportive calendar this year after a six-year absence.

Named after the Lowther Hill radar station, the race will once again conclude at this breathtaking summit once riders have completed a nine mile climb to the station.

After first breaking onto the schedule in 2008 with a summit finish on Scotland's highest road, three editions of the race were ridden before it was abandoned in 2010. However with the co-operation of the road's owners, that will take riders up to the station, it is back on May 22.

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"It is a spectacular setting for a truly memorable day's riding," said Peter Smith, race organiser.

Split into either 40, 70 or 105 mile routes, each will begin in Wanlockhead - Scotland's highest village - before taking on the six mile climb of the Dalvee Pass and heading up to the Lowther Hill finish.

For those brave enough to tackle the whole distance, the 'Full Radar' features the 20% ascent of the fearsome 'Wall of Talla'.

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Entries are now open to cyclists on www.radarride.co.uk

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.