We had our eye on the Etape Caledonia this year but it was a little to early in the year. Instead we did the Polkadot Challenge, David Lloyd
and the tour of Exmoor. The David Lloyd turned out to be a disaster for me, we went from intending on doing the 120miles to the 100 and then the 50 as it got closer to the event we realised we just weren't fit enough to do it. I ended up only doing 25 on the day because my back was giving in, painful as anything.
I think you may find the Peaks a bit easy judging by what you've done already, nice countryside but I bet its not as good as Scotland's. Its mostly short and steep roads with a max gradient of 20% and most are only about a mile. There are some longer climbs like snakes pass 3 miles at 7% or Cat and Fiddle but nothing to loose sleep over.
Looks like quite a good loop there, the Bridge of Allen climb up over Sheriff Muir past Airthrey Castle looks pretty intense. Whats worse the B822 out of Lennoxtown or the minor road out of Kilsyth? Tried the road out of Dunning over Sim's Hill?
Cycling club on Islay. I imagine they must get pretty bored, just glancing at a map there's no hills and few roads.
No I'm not a racer either, the reason I got into cycling originally was for short jollies in the countryside. That soon changed when work mates got involved and everything became competitive. I see more tarmac now than countryside.
We originally planned to go to Europe this year for Alpe D'huez and perhaps Venteux but when we struggled up 10% gradients longer than a mile we soon laid to rest that Idea. And yourself? Must be fantastic.
What's your set up? Are you riding with a compact? That's cheating you know!