A late season favourite is the Tour de Trossacks organised by Glasgow Ivy Cycling Club. It couldnt be further removed from the normal ruler flat time trial courses held on local by-passes if it tried. Departing from just outside Aberfoyle it's straight up the 240 meter Dukes Pass, right turn along the shore of Loch Venachar, right again along the forest road to Thornhill, then a final right turn past the Lake of Mentieth to the finish. Twenty eight miles of pain where any possibility of getting into a steady rhythm is remote. And it was raining. Only a lunatic would contemplate taking part. Stevie Donaldson crossed the line in a time of one hour forty six minutes, but then he had unfinished business. The last time rider Donaldson competed in the Tour de Trossacks was 1979 and he came last because his cranks snapped. Vindication came in the form of a 2018 time that was well clear of his previous 1979 record: "I was actually thirty minutes faster this time and wasn't last, but a day of high winds, cold driving rain, and over 1500ft of climbing on the circuit made sure I wasnt far from last - but at least I finished!"