Cyclists get on their bikes for third Oban Sportive
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 VisualBikefit.com 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.obansportive.co.uk.
Action from last year’s Sportive