Mountain bike club in bid for double award
The Arran High School Mountain Bike Club has been shortlisted for the Scottish Mountain Bike Club of the Year award.
In addition to this, a photograph of the club members out enjoying a ride with the sun setting over Holy Isle has also been nominated as a finalist for the Photograph of the Year at the same awards run by the Scottish Mountain Bike Awards.
Attendees at the awards’ ceremony in Glasgow later this month will vote for their favourite mountain bike related image and the winner of the Mountain Bike Club of the Year will also be announced.
The Arran club was established in October 2014 and has rapidly increased in popularity. What started out as a cycling group to encourage healthy outdoor pursuits has blossomed into a burgeoning club which operates from its own incredibly well stocked workshop which has not only offered cycling proficiency lessons to primary schools in the area, but through their mechanic qualification courses, has offered free bicycle MOTs to school children and the public at its open days.
In addition to this, members of the group are given the opportunity to visit cycling camps held throughout the country and the group has also established a public bike repair station at the high school where passing cyclists can use the equipment to perform minor repairs and maintenance on their bicycles.
The club, which is run by teacher Robert McNeice, has described the group as being elated and ‘stoked’ to be in the running for the club and photography award. Speaking about the image Mr McNeice said: ‘It was one of the wettest days but typical that our club members left school undeterred knowing that some of their best memories of mountain biking have been on the wettest and muddiest days. Then, as we arrived at Duinn Fionn the sun was setting and the clouds parted to reveal this view. The image was taken on my phone, one of many that has succumbed to water damage during mountain biking with the club.
‘I think it’s important we capture and share the moments our members have while experiencing everything that is awesome about mountain biking on an island like ours.’
The winner of the Mountain Bike Club of the Year Award, which aims to celebrate clubs run by dedicated and passionate and committed individuals, will be decided by an expert panel and the winning club will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday November 16, at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow.
The photo of the Arran Mountain Bike Club which has been shortlisted for the Photograph of the Year Award.
A small group of Arran High School Mountain Bike Club enthusiasts who have been shortlisted for the Scottish Mountain Bike Club of the Year Award.