Stephen wins Fort to Fort race
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.