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The 1978 Tour de Trossachs Remembered – VV Selects


We’ve covered many of the recent editions of the Tour de Trossachs, and we’ll be attending this year too. For this week’s “VV Selects” we thought you’d like to read Al Hamilton’s piece from 12 years ago, in which he reminisces about the 1978 Tour de Trossachs, the first time he saw the race on the Duke’s Pass, a mere 41 years ago…

This Sunday is another edition of the famous Tour de Trossachs time trial based in Aberfoyle, with a scenic and testing course using national parkland and quiet lochside roads. One of the main features of race is the early climb of the Duke’s Pass, a seven mile section which connects Aberfoyle to Kilmahog.

This road was built in the 19th Century by the Duke of Montrose to improve access to his estate and was later upgraded to accommodate the Victorian tourists drawn to the area after the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’ which celebrates the beauty of Loch Katrine, and the race includes a Hill Climb prize for the first rider to the top.

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This article first ran on October 8th, 2007

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