Mor, on Applecross Peninsula, is still claimed by most sportive riders as one of the toughest in the UK and I was thankful that I had my riding pal Graeme Huston along to encourage me.
I'd started the 91-mile Bealach Mor sportive about two-hours earlier along with 500 like-minded, enthusiastic idiots, including Record readers Iain Pearson, David Flavell and world Masters track champion, Graham Barclay, from Fife.
The mist-shrouded route took us from a bagpipe send-off at Kinlochewe, via Tornapress, the Bealach, Applecross, Shieldaig and Torridon, before heading back to the start.
The Bealach na Ba or "Pass of the Cattle" - as it is known - is the highlight of this legendary ride, which is run by Henry Blake and his team at Handson Events.
Bealach na Ba means Pass of the Cattle and that's a very appropriate name.
I've spent the past four months preparing for the infamous 90-mile Bealach Mor race, which included the hellish climb.
It described the Bealach na Ba like this: "Although the road has been engineered by a series of zig-zags to ease the gradients as much as possible, it is terribly steep and the surface is wretched.
I did the race to keep my hand in for next year's triathlon campaign and as a build-up to the hellish 94-mile Bealach
Mor cycle race in three weeks.
Embarrassed by his lack of style and substance on two wheels, the 40-something triathlete has entered the most gruelling bike race in Scotland - the near vertical Bealach Mor.
With a backdrop of some of the country's most breathtaking scenery, this 94-mile beast takes in the second highest road climb in the UK - the Bealach na Ba or "Pass of the Cattle".
But he'll have his hands full because Ian and David are Bealach veterans, while Adrian completed the gruelling Lands End to John 'O' Groats ride just two weeks ago.
Between us and a superblyequipped campsite lay the Bealach
na Ba and the single-track road that winds its way up it.
Their old Rover gave up on the way to Applecross on Scotland's highest "murderous" mountain road to Bealach
na Ba in Wester Ross.
Gusts of 102mph were recorded in the Bealach
na Ba pass near Applecross in Wester Ross.
From there, we travelled along Bealach
na Ba (the Pass of the Cattle), a white- knuckle drive along hairpin bends to the viewpoint at 2053 feet.