ride of the falling rain 2017

The Ride of the Falling Rain 2020, around 90 miles (145km) or less, ride along the roads of the Isle of Islay, Scotland, will take place on Sunday 2 August, leaving from Debbie's Café in Bruichladdich at 10am (ish) and finishing at the same point several hours later. Basically there are several of us out for an August Sunday ride, and we're inviting you to join us. There are no organised feed stations, no technical backup, no timing or transponders, and no entry fee. We do, however, respectfully recommend that each participant donate £10 to World Bicycle Relief

This year's event will take a different route to the usual parcour, due to Ardbeg's Old Kiln being closed due to covid-19.The approximate half-way point this year will be is at Ardnahoe Distillery where you can stuff your faces with the fine fare . And if you're really good, they may offer a dram. You can download this year's map from here

if you're swithering whether or not to join us, take a look at trevor ward's excellent write up in the guardian's cycle blog

if you'd like to take a look at the gps info for the 100 mile ride, you can do so here, kindly supplied by bart dereu.

Since August is a busy time on the island, I can't really stress enough how important it is to book your accommodation and ferry travel as far in advance as possible. You can find more information on island accommodation at islayinfo.com and travel via calmac.co.uk

If you prefer to hire a decent bike rather than bring your own, contact jim lutomski at islay cycles. alternatively, if you'd like to undertake at least a aprt of the route on an electric bike, you might wish to contact islayewheels@hotmail.com

for those who asked about purchasing a debbie's jersey, here's the link to the purchase page on shutt's website. debbie's jersey