Not that well known, however I’ve been an ambassador for Breast Cancer Care (Scotland) for the last 5 years and during this time I have organised static bike events in various locations including Glasgow Central. Last year as a team of 4 riders we cycled the length of the Outer Hebrides in 7 days carrying our kit in panniers and camping overnight. In addition to the sponsorship for miles cycled, I usually always carry a large volume of leaflets help/guidance information and support line cards and distribute them like a maniac in every waiting room I find.
So this year with a smaller group we decided to do as many of the inner Hebrides and islands as we could in a week, however trying to fit the ferry’s into our plan wasn’t that easy. The week started off on Friday (8th June) heading to Arran with 6 others from my office who were keen to support the challenge and accompany us on the first climb up Goatfell (altitude 2,867ft), the weather was warm and the views awesome. Following the climb we cycled to Lochranza and camped overnight before crossing to Claonaig and onwards across the peninsula to Kennacraig where we got another ferry to Port Askaig, on Islay, once there we cycled to Port Charlotte.
Due to the weather and logistics we decided to head to Jura and Climb Beinn An Oir (Altitude 2575ft )the highest of the three PAPs, this was a memorable climb due to the long walk in and the fact we ascended a near vertical face in error. Following this we of course visit the Jura distillery to settle our nerves.
Once back on Islay we cycled out to the bottom of the climb, where I punctured on a rotten road. After fixing it, and finding my rear hub was no longer a sealed unit, we climbed Beinn Vicar (Bheinn Bheigeir) at an altitude of(1,611ft). Although the altitude wasn’t as great as previous hills, it was fairly challenging due to the tail end of Storm Hector still blowing hard and raining as hard as it could..
Again as a reward we visited the Laphroaig distillery and were awarded with whiskey and a square foot area of land on the Island.
The following day we travelled back to Arran from Islay then back up from lochranza to Brodick, where we had one more critical technical, that seen a small ring fracture on the climb. This was swiftly removed and the rider given no option to but to push hard in a large gearing over the final back to Brodick
After retiring my tour bike and panniers on Saturday night, I travelled to Cumbrae on Sunday Morning to take part in the Tour de Cumbrae 9 mile Time Trial and Hill climb with more suitable bikes. Surprisingly I set a new personal best on the course of (21:20) and received a 4th place prize in my age group. My Final climb of the week which almost allowed me cycle to the top of the highest peak (417ft) seen me place 5th in my age group in a time of (6:21).
To date the just giving page has collect over £780 http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/HCtTPC2018