Stephen wins Fort to Fort race

The Oban Times - - Sport -

NEAR per­fect weather con­di­tions - light winds, cool tem­per­a­tures and no rain - greeted the 19 rid­ers tak­ing part in this year’s an­nual West High­land Wheel­ers race from Fort Au­gus­tus to Fort Wil­liam.

De­spite the un­usu­ally pleas­ant con­di­tions caus­ing some last minute dilem­mas about what to wear, hopes were high for some good times.

This proved to be the case as the race was won by Stephen Dent in one hour, 38 min­utes - 18 min­utes faster than last year’s win­ning time.

Stephen had a great bat­tle with Don­ald Pat­ter­son who pushed him hard all the way to the fin­ish line a mere seven sec­onds be­hind. Third place was taken by James Shirley who claimed he should get a spe­cial prize for be­ing the first per­son on a moun­tain bike to cross the line.

De­spite build­ing up a re­spectable early lead, Gary Mac­Don­ald un­for­tu­nately punc­tured on the in­fa­mous de­scent down to­wards Bal­ma­glaster and had to with­draw from the race.

First lady home was Nix Forster, who beat her time from last year by 27 min­utes. Se­cond lady home was Gill Barnes who beat her time from last year by an even more im­pres­sive 32 min­utes.

Thanks go to every­one who helped with the race or­gan­i­sa­tion - Jac­qui, Dave, Daniel, Cory, Ni­cola, Paul, Andy and Mar­ian.

Spe­cial thanks must also go to Ne­vis Range for al­low­ing the club to use its pick-up truck as a sweeper ve­hi­cle.

En­try fees from the race are be­ing do­nated to moun­tain res­cue team funds.

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