Moun­tain bike club in bid for dou­ble award

The Arran Banner - - Sport -

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.

Op­por­tu­nity

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.

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