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June 15 2013

Triple Success For Cycle Squad at the Hebridean Cycle Challenge

John Neil Mitchell and Ruaraidh Michie on their way to victory
John Neil Mitchell and Ruaraidh Michie on their way to victory

The WIIGA cycle squad were all in action at the Hebridean Cycle Challenge and all three ended up as winnners! The strong wind made for very fast cycling and the lead guys (John Neil and Ruaraidh) were reputed to have covered the first 24 miles in just over 50 minutes! The Clisham climb soon put paid to those kind of speeds - at least on the way up!

John Neil Mitchell comfortably won the solo cycling challenge by over 40 minutes - having the fastest times of the day in both the road and mountain bike sections. His winning time of 2h 46m was 8 minutes quicker than last year - all that training is obviously paying off.

Ruaraidh Michie was only a couple of minutes behind John Neil at the transition but was in the solo bike/run category so he had to change into trainers for the 12 mile trail run. He also reaped the benefits of his heavy training schedule and knocked 15 minutes of his last year's time to win by 22 minutes.

Gavin Earons being much, much older and a wee bit wiser than his team mates had sought some assistance in the challenge and entered the pair cycle event. He "only" had to do the mountain bike section with his partner Garry Maclean doing the road cycle. The favourable wind for the roadies was anything but favourable for the mountain bikers! Almost running out of gears on the "flat" section wasn't a good sign with a 300m climb a mile ahead! Anyway, the old man managed to fight his way over the hills and down the steep descents without mishap and won the team bike event for the third year running.

John Neil Mitchell and Ruaraidh Michie passing Scaladale
Gavin with his trophy

For Full Results and further information about the Hebridean Cycle Challenge visit http://www.hebrideancyclechallenge.co.uk/

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