The first day started with a flat sprint out of Inverness before tackling the infamous Bealach na Bà, seventy miles into the ride. This climb (the only 11/10 in ‘Greatest Cycling Climbs’!) was made even gnarlier by baking sun. Even before we began I had been apprehensive of the climb, knowing that gaining over 2000ft in less than 6 miles was going to hurt!

Find out how Elena coped with this and the rest of the Northern coast roads of Scotland in Spokespiece here