The Rothesay Weekend, also known as the Bute Cycling Festival, is a weekend of racing with a slightly more relaxed atmosphere compared to other road events. A good crowd usuallg go over from Stirling, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to take part in.
Helping to promote this year is Dave Hamill, who describes the racing as serious but also points out that people are winding down and having a beer in the evenings. He gave me some info about the event:
The weekend of cycling events started before the second world war. It has had various organisers over the years. In its heyday in the 1950s it was a bit of a local spectacle. Check out the link below for some nice recollections from individuals who have taken part in the past.
Bute cycling festival history
It’s held under TLI so you don’t need a BC racing licence you just buy a day licence that covers you for the weekend. All events are entry on the day.
Saturday 15 sept
• Morning – Hill climb on The Serpentine is a pretty iconic event. The hill is as windy as it sounds.
• Afternoon – 2-up TT where you don’t need to pair up with clubmates. One lap of the island (20 miles).
Sunday 16 September
• Morning – 10mm TT on a lovely coastal route, there’s a wee lump on it but it’s not hilly.
• Afternoon (3 events)
o Novice race. One lap round the island (20 miles)
o Women’s road race – 2 laps (40 miles)
o APR road race – 2 laps (40 miles)
• Yellow jersey competition across the 3 timed events (and maybe including the road race for the ladies, we’ve yet to decide) with a £100 prize for both men and women.
• £200 first prize in the APR (expect some world class sandbagging)
• £100 first prize for women’s road race
• Team trophy being introduced
• Prizes for TLI age categories across the events.
2012 Events page on the Bute cycling festival site
We’re getting people coming over from England and Northern Ireland this year and expect the usual good attendance from Scottish clubs. The event usually has a decent number of women attending and we’re hoping to build upon that.
Website and promotion
We’ve moved it up a gear as far as promotion goes which is why I got involved. It’s a lovely wee event that too few people know enough about.
This year the event has a website with all the essential details as well as accommodation info, directions to Race HQ as well as courses shown on Strava, downloadable GPX files so people can ride the courses on their Tacx turbos. There are also videos from last year’s event as well as a Flickr group.
You can tweet @dav_hamill, he’s not the actual organiser but will be able to answer questions or direct you to someone who can.
Thanks to David Swan for use of most of the pictures in this post. He will no doubt be shooting at this year’s Rothesay Weekend, and posting some of his work in the Bute Sport flickr group, which is highly recommended.
22/08/12 Dave Hamill is helping to promote but not organise