Wet and muddy course for the Wheelers
THE FOURTH round of the West Highlands Wheelers winter league was held in Strontian last weekend.
This is the second year that a league race has been held on the trails in the Ariundle Woods.
Sunday’s numbers had grown slightly from the first year as 19 adults made the trip and were treated to a very wet, muddy and physical course.
Gregor Muir and Roddy Wells, regulars at the WHW races, both agreed that this was ‘a very tough race, but also very rewarding with fun descents and great scenery’.
The race takes in two laps of the Ariundle Woods, the Fairies Road and the community wood- lands in Strontian and is just under 20kms long.
The winning time of 1.01.25 was recorded by local mountain biker Joe Barnes, followed by Jamie Gall in 1.02.40. First lady was Marie Meldrum in a time of 1.11.15.
Despite lots of water and deep puddles on the track caused by the snow melt from Saturday, there was also a children’s race.
Nine hardy youngsters ranging in age from six to 13 took part, all completing the same course which was a smaller version of the adults’ race.
The children also had two laps of a course to complete, making this a long race for them, with times varying from 31 minutes for the winner, Daniel Parfitt, to 50 minutes for the youngest competitor, Aidan Baltrunas, who was smiling all the way to the finish line.
The Active Schools co- coordinator at Ardnamurchan High said: ‘Both races were great successes and the warm hospitality at the Ariundle Centre afterwards was thankfully received.’
The next round of the WHW league is on Sunday February 12 in Glen Nevis. Races are open to members and non-members. More information can be found on the West Highland Wheelers website or Facebook page.