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  • With fickle Scottish weather and all that, I have a few days have become free in early May. Anyone done NC500 before and would early May be ok, (weather)?

    Any other tips/thoughts are most welcome

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  • I've had a failed attempt. The weather is the deciding factor if you're trying to get round in the 60hr limit because you need to maintain a level of speed that's challenging in 30mph rainy headwinds.

  • Thats fair, I would not want to race it, more of a potter around and enjoy.

  • Might make sense to do it in reverse then, means you're more likely to be cycling with the prevailing winds rather than against them. Or just take the train up to Thurso and skip the comparatively shitey bit from there to Inverness.

    Also early may should be fine but with changing weather patterns who the fuck knows any more.

  • Did it last year in early May - it rained torrentially for two days up the west coast, then had a couple of days of sun, then rain again for the east coast. That being said, it was beautiful riding and I have no regrets.

    One thing I would change is to skip out the east coast entirely. Most of the riding is on the A9 which is utter crap, and the scenery doesn't compare to the west. If I was doing it again, I'd probably cut the top right corner out and take the road from Tongue to Lairg instead - barely any civilisation and singletrack road for miles and miles, according to some motorcyclists we met. This would give you more time to piss around on the west coast too, there's loads of little day trips you could do if you wanted to see more of it, like exploring Assynt or taking the ferry across to Cape Wrath.

  • If I was doing it again, I'd probably cut the top right corner out and take the road from Tongue to Lairg instead - barely any civilisation and singletrack road for miles and miles

    Can confirm. Did this route past Ben Hope, Altnaharra, and past the Crask Inn in 2007.

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