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Longdragon Course - Garlogie
The course used for the early season Dick Longdragon Memorial Trophy is also used throughout the season for other events, most notably by Deeside Thistle and the ADCA (Aberdeen and District Cycling Association). It's a relatively challenging course with a couple of longish climbs, some rolling roads, a good few short sharp climbs with some respite in the form of descents.
The favoured strip is at Garlogie Hall, adjacent the Garlogie Mill Power House Museum.

 
Course Description
Read description below in conjunction with Garlogie map.
 
The course (spaning OS maps 37 and 38) is essentially a 9 mile approach, a 20 mile circuit, and a 12 mile exit. The circuit being repeated either twice for a 60 mile race, or three times for a 80 mile race.
 
Neutralised Section
Leave Garlogie Hall turning left into the village and left again on to unclassified road within a couple of hundred metres. The neutralised zone often finishes a few hundred metres up this road.
Approach
Continue on this unclassified road to the junction of the A944 where turn left. Continue along the A944, through Dunecht slowly climbing to Millbank* (note junction - start of circuit).
Circuit
At Millbank get ready for the first 50m ascent of Tilliefourie hill where you immediately descend to take first on the left towards Tough. Continue for 4 miles over this rolling unclassified road to Muir of Fowlis where turn left on to the A980 and gradually climb 110m over the next 3½ miles to Cross Roads Hotel. At X-roads turn left onto the B9119.
Continue for 6 miles, negotiating a couple of shortish though tiring climbs and two fast descents (take care, awkward turnings at the bottom of both), to Learny Cross Roads where turn left onto the B993. (note junction - circuit turn off).
Descend, with occasional short sharp inclines, to Millbank* (completion of circuit) where turn left on to A944 ready for another ascent to Tilliefourie.
Exit
At Learney Cross Roads turn right for a short climb followed by a long fast 2 mile descent into the village of Torphins. In the centre of village turn left onto the A980.
Continue on the relatively flat A980 for a further 10 miles where turn left on to B977 signposted Kintore.
The finish is less than ¼ of a mile ahead.

 
Getting to Garlogie
See Garlogie map which shows location of strip.
 
From Aberdeen, head out the Queens Road passing Hazelhead and Kingswells towards Westhill taking the B9119 (signposted Tarland) at the end of the dual carriageway. Continue straight through Cairney roundabout (1.75 miles from end of dual carriageway) into Garlogie - the Hall is on a minor road adjacent the phone box on the right at the far end.
 
From the South. Either make your way into Aberdeen, picking up the Queens Road as above, or leave the A90 at the 3rd Stonehaven turnoff and take the B979 signposted Peterculter. Follow the B979 through Peterculter - look out for the right in the village centre. Continue on this to Cairney roundabout (3.5 miles from Peterculter). Take a left at Cairney roundabout on to the B9119 signposted Tarland. Continue into the village - Garlogie Hall is on a minor road adjacent the phone box on the right at the far end.
 
From the North. Make your way into Aberdeen and pick up the Queens Road. Follow directions as for Aberdeen above.
 
From the West. Exit the A96 at the Broomhill Roundabout and head for Kintore. Before entering Kintore village take the left opposite Sandy Thain's car slaes, signpopsted Dunecht B977. Follow the B977 left at next roundabout passing through Leylodge. At Lynne of Skene turn left, signposted Aberdeen and continue past the school to the cross roads. Cross the main road and continue for a further mile until you reach Garlogie. Take a right. Garlogie Hall is on a minor road adjacent the phone box on the right a quarter of a mile further on.

 
Need to Know
Parking: Parking is limited at Garlogie Hall with space for around 25 cars maximum in the car park. Parking on the verges around the hall is forbidden. If necessary, use the lay-by just outside the opposite end of the village.
 
Nearest Shops: Nearest to the strip is the general store in Kirkton of Skene - a couple of miles away. The race passes the petrol station and general store in Dunecht, and also the well disguised general store about a mile past Cross Roads Hotel. Torphins offers a small range of various types.
 
Best View Points: From the Mugarthaugh beer garden near Muir of Fowlis. Or at the Cross Roads Hotel where the A980 joins the B9119. For those who don't mind viewing the riders without a glass in their hands, then Learney Cross Roads is good as is the junction in Torphins.

 

 
Maps
Strathdon and Surrounding Area
Strathdon and Surrounding Area
 
Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden OS map
Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden

 
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