King of the Mountain

The King of the Mountains....

Friday 24th September– Sunday 26th September 2021

Ride the original King of the Mountains Sportives through Royal Deeside and the Cairngorm National Park… But now with 3 days of riding over a whole bank holiday weekend.

Route options of 50 miles, 110km, 100miles or 110miles… plus a Hill Climb race up The Lecht.

Day 1 Friday 24th September – Hill Climb race up The Lecht from Cockbridge…£1200 in prizes to be won
Day 2 Saturday 25th September– 50mile, 100km & 101mile KOM Sportives – based at The Lecht Ski Centre
Day 3 Sunday 26th September– 110 mile Queen of the Highland Sportive – Starting and finishing on UK’s Highest public road

Two of Scotland’s toughest road routes take you up steep mountain passes and down sweeping descents. Experience the stunning landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside.

Over the years we have found that parking and traffic management in Aboyne or Alford is too tricky. The Lecht and Glenshee both have massive carparks and facilities which are ideal for cyclists, so why not utilise them to their fullest. It also means that all our rides finish with spectacular uphill mountain top finishes.

Day 1 – Lecht Hill Climb
On the Friday Bank Holiday afternoon we will hold the inaugural Lecht Hill Climb from the South.

We have space for a maximum of 360 riders (Start at 1 minute intervals). The first 300 riders to enter, plus an invitation of 60 riders chosen at our discretion.
We will have a £1200 cash prize fund of…

Total Climb

Fastest Male & Fastest Female £200
2nd Fastest Male & 2nd Fastest Female £100
3rd Fastest Male & 3rd Fastest Female £50

Average* Male or Female £200
3rd slowest Male or Female £100

Sprint Section (from start to top of first ramp @1.1km

Fastest Male & Fastest Female £100

*Average Male or Female – our timing gurus will add up all the times and divide by the number of riders. The rider (male or female) closest to, but not slower than, the average time will be deemed our Average rider

Day 2 – King of the Mountains Sportive

With the change of Start and Finish to The Lecht this has allowed us to offer 3 different route – 50miles, 110km & 100 miles – making this ride within reach of cyclist of all abilities.

The 50 mile route

Whats Included?


· A timing chip to be placed on the left hand side of your helmet

· Rider number for back

· Seat post number

· Duplicate seat post number to use like airport luggage tag on your bag

· Your race jersey if you ordered one at entry

· Well stocked feed stations and hot food at the finish line each day

Registration FRIDAY is from 10am – 12 NOON

Day 1 Start: 12 NOON

Registration SATURDAY is from 7am – 8am

Day 2 Start:
100 miles 8am
110 km 9am
50 miles 10 am

Registration SUNDAY is from 7am – 8am

Day 3 Start: 7AM - 8AM

Organiser Updates (4)


sent by KOM Events on 23/08/2021 at 13:40
Dear KOM riders,

With a month to go we have sadly decided to cancel KOM Sportive weekend 2021. Within the next 10 days all entrants will get a refund to the card they paid.

Over the past 18 months we have had a huge number of requests for deferrals and refunds. Grants from Scottish Government’s Event Recovery Fund via Event Scotland and Visit Scotland have not materialised as promised, meaning we that the event has too small a rider list to make it even remotely viable.

3 Pistes & Tour of the Highlands is still taking place this year on 3-5th September 2021 and next year 3-5th June 2022.

Places are still available for this year and next year will go on sale late September.

Thank you for your loyalty and patience over the past 18 months. We will maybe see you in a few weeks time on Cairn O Mount screaming at Tour of Britain riders. 

All the best,

Hannah and Alan

2021 DATES!!!!

sent by KOM Events on 18/12/2020 at 15:37

We are DELIGHTED to confirm dates for the following events:

Tour of the Highlands (SOLD OUT!!!) will go ahead as usual over the May bank holiday, 29th – 31st May 2020. Due to restrictions on numbers placed on us by Sport Scotland we are currently unable to take any more entries for this event. We hope very much this may change nearer the time but for now we have to work within the existing restrictions.

3 Pistes Sportive will this year be held on SATURDAY 29th May. Please note this is a slight change from the usual Sunday as we cannot have our 3 Pistes riders on the same leg as the Tour of the Highlands riders. Limited additional entries available HERE. Please note coach transfers are temporarily unavailable to book whilst we wait for our suppliers to confirm costs.

The King of the Mountains Weekend will be held on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September. We have decided to move this event to a weekend later in the season in the hope that there is a better likelihood of having fewer restrictions in place. If the new date is not suitable for anyone with a rollover entry please contact me for a transfer, deferral, or refund. We have limited availability for further entries so if you fancy joining us for a hill-climb or sportive or two snap them up HERE

Rockman Inch by Inch will be held on Sunday 29th August. We may have a few limited spaces available for this one. Watch this space…!

We are in the process of updating our protocols and risk assessments to make all our events ‘Covid-secure’. More details to follow.  This will mean some aspects will feel a little different this year. For example we are limited to a maximum of 200 entrants and staff at each event meaning we CANNOT take any last minute or on-the-day entries, so if you know anyone who is thinking of just turning up and hoping for a slot please let them know and encourage them to enter online before all our events sell out… We would also like to assure everybody that should we need to cancel or postpone any event due to Covid we will offer you the choice to defer, transfer or refund. If any participant misses an event due to testing positive, being required to isolate or prevented from attending due to Government travel restrictions we will also offer deferral, transfer or refund. We reserve the right to require proof of isolation requirement.

Thankyou everybody for your patience and understanding throughout this very difficult year. Whilst 2021 will still be a long way from normal, the light is at the end of the tunnel. We are really looking forward to seeing you all out on the roads, trails and lochs again!

Watch this space for LochloMan, St Andrews and ArranMan Triathlons…

Covid19 and KOM Events

sent by KOM Events on 30/04/2020 at 19:46
Dear athletes, 

 After careful deliberation we have taken the decision NOT to attempt to run any of our events at all this year. 

 We gave ourselves until the end of April to watch how things progressed nationally and internationally before announcing rescheduled dates for King Of The Mountains, Tour of the Highlands and SwimRun... but let’s be brutal… even if restrictions are lifted by Autumn none of us will have done sufficient training to make any rescheduled endurance events enjoyable later this year. 

 Hopefully restrictions will be eased over the next few months but as we are unlikely to return to anywhere near normal anytime soon I feel it would be foolish to attempt to organise mass participation events until we have a much clearer idea what life will be like. Whilst we would love to help the struggling tourism industry we do not want to put anyone at unnecessary risk, nor do we want to put a strain on our infrastructure. 

 So what does that mean for your 2020 entries?

 We would love to be able to give all of you a full refund, but as a small operation with many ongoing annual expenses incurred for our events we are not in the financial situation to do that. What we could offer you as a partial refund, whilst still being able to continue organising unique and bespoke events for you in future years, is insulting. So we are asking that you accept the opportunity to defer your entries to any of our events in either 2021 or 2022. We want to make our return in 2021 to be as big as possible, so we will also be offering each of you a 50% Bring A Pair of Pals discount for 2021 events when they go live. The discount code will be unique to you and be suitable for two entrants. 

 Once we have sorted out all the dates for 2021 we will automatically defer all entries. It will take time to confirm new dates (hopefully exactly same weekends as this year) because staff at the various event venues are currently furloughed. 

 If you need to reply to this email please be aware that it will probably take several weeks to be answered as neither of us have any childcare right now.

 Stay safe, but enjoy your solo rides. 
 Hannah & Alan

Covid 19 and KOM

sent by KOM Events on 20/03/2020 at 10:59

Thank you for being patient and giving me time to enjoy with my family and our new addition (Tabitha arrived safe and well on Friday the 13th!) before facing these difficult decisions. This is a difficult time for everybody and your understanding and kind words mean a huge amount to the KOM Events Team.

  In light of current developments, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Tour of the Highlands, 3 Pistes and King of the Mountains.  

The health, safety and well-being of everyone at our events is our priority. Our decisions have been based on instruction from the government, public bodies, sports governing bodies, and the views of the communities in which we operate. Our priority is to minimise disruption and do everything we practically can to support and protect our athletes, staff, volunteers, our local hosts, spectators and suppliers.

British Cycling, and other UK sports governing bodies have suspended all organised events until at least the 30th April. Although TOTH and KOM weekends are after this date we suspect that the situation will not have improved significantly by May and as such it would be prudent to reschedule these events for later in the year. 

We are aiming for weekends in September, please bear with us while we make the appropriate arrangements.  We will announce further details as soon as we can.

In the meantime Alan, lucky bugger, is self-isolating by riding 5500km across Australia. You can track his progress, or lack thereof... here;

Give him lots of encouragment/abuse here:

And if you're feeling generous he's raising money for SarcoidosisUK:

 Thank you again for all your patience and understanding so far, we can’t wait to see you all back riding again soon.

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Simon Austin

Simon Austin

20/12/2020 11:28:14

Hi Alan, Thanks for update. I have an entry for KOM which has moved to September. Unfortunately, this clashes with a work weekend. Can I cancel my entry please so someone else can have it. I'm not worried about a refund. If your business is doing ok and you wish, you can make a donation to charity. Hopefully will get signed up for one of you events for 2022!. Sorry for long message, but there wasn't an obvious cancel entry option on the Race Space website. Thanks Simon Austin