Cycling Lecht Road Tomintoul

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Lecht Road - Tomintoul

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 2.5 %

Length: 12 km

Altitude start: 340 m

Altitude top: 644 m

Ascent: 304 m

Lecht Road rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 10123 (all)
Ranking Scotland: 27 (all)
Ranking Scottish Highlands: 24(all)
Difficulty score: 24.7 what?

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The Lecht Road is situated in Scotland. This climb belongs to the Scottish Highlands. Starting from Tomintoul, the Lecht Road ascent is 12 km long. Over this distance, you climb 304 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 2.5 %.

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Story by Donncha from , United Kingdom, submitted on 14/07/2015
I rode the Lecht climb as part of a longer ride from Aviemore (where I took in most of the Aviemore ski station) in July 2015. It is a beautiful ride, not too difficult except for a short stretch where it is 20%+. Probably would be even more fun without panniers on the back! Great views all round. Unfortunately, the Lecht ski station was closed in mid-July so no chance of a baked potato and coffee....But this climb is worth it. Note you haven''t made the top having reached the ski station (if you''ve approached from the north). There is a still a bit to go. The descent is insanely steep and straight down! I confess I used a lot of brake rubber.
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Story by Charles Marshall from Sunderland, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/04/2008
Most of the Lecht Road isnt too severe, but theres a section of a couple of hundred metres at 25% final four kilometers amount to a serious test. A lot depends on the conditions. The Cairngorms can resemble a little slice of the arctic and the final kilometer or so is fairly exposed, so in a high wind this can turn from difficult to atrocious. On the day I climbed it in August 2007 I had to get off the bike at one point near the top, not because of the gradient but because the crosswind was blowing me off the road. It is, however, in the middle of a magnificent route from Braemar to Grantown-on-Spey; Id absolutely recommend it.
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