Cy­clists get on their bikes for third Oban Sportive

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FOR THE third time, cy­clists from the lo­cal area and be­yond will gather in Oban for the Oban Sportive on Sun­day, Septem­ber 20.

The event, which is reg­is­tered with Bri­tish Cy­cling is run jointly by the Ro­tary Club of Oban and North Ar­gyll Cy­cle Club (NACC), sup­ported by lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses.

There are two test­ing routes through the breath-tak­ing Ar­gyll coun­try­side, both start­ing and fin­ish­ing at Oban’s At­lantis leisure cen­tre. Both routes are fully mar­shalled and sign­posted.

The shorter, 52-mile route passes up Glen­cruit­ten to Kil­more then on­wards to Kilmelford be­fore head­ing to Loch Avich, Kilchre­nan, Taynuilt and fi­nally through Glen Lo­nan back to Oban.

The 84-mile route fol­lows the shorter route to Kilmelford, but con­tin­ues on through Kil­martin to the Cri­nan canal then re­turns to Kil­martin, branches off and goes up Loch Awe via Ford and Dalavich and then back to Oban.

The lo­cal In­ner Wheel club will pro­vide much-needed re­fresh­ments at food stops in Kil­martin and Kilchren­nan, which have won great praise from par­tic­i­pants in past years. The Ro­tary Club of Oban is grate­ful for as­sis­tance and spon­sor­ship from the Oban com­mu­nity.

Help is re­ceived from At­lantis Leisure, Bid4Oban, MacQueen Broth­ers, Oban Cy­cles, Rusty Cy­cle Shed, Tesco and Visu­alBik­e­ along with advertising on the in­ter­net.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years’ events, this one will in­volve cy­clists pass­ing through the town which aims to fur­ther raise the pro­file of the event.

Funds raised through the Sportive are used by the Ro­tary Club to sup­port good causes.

In­for­ma­tion and en­try can be found on www.obans­

Ac­tion from last year’s Sportive

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