Haulage firm swaps HGVs for two wheels ahead of Etape Loch Ness cycling challenge
STAFF from Highland firm JBT are a driving force in haulage as they deliver goods across the country in their fleet of HGVs. But they are leaving behind the comforts of their cabs and switching to another mode of transport as they saddle up for the challenge of Etape Loch Ness.
A 12-strong team from JBT will take part in the epic 66mile cycle around the iconic loch later this month, and will be one of the biggest contingents on the course. The com- pany is a long-term partner of the popular sportive, and staff from the Inverness depot feel a real affinity for the event.
JBT provides logistics services to Etape Loch Ness – as well as its sister event, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running – providing key logistical support in the buildup to and during the event.
JBT staff first caught the cycling bug in 2012 when Robert Gordon and fellow directors Michael Beveridge and Ian Wilson took part in a mammoth cycle from Land’s End to John o’ Groats. Their enthusiasm for the sport has been infectious, with more and more staff getting on their bikes.
Team JBT will be led out on April 23 by Michael and Ian and many staff will be adding their support as spectators. They will be among thousands of cyclists taking part in Etape Loch Ness – many of whom will be raising money for good causes, including the event’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Riders in Etape Loch Ness will set out from the centre of Inverness at 6.15am on April 23, and onto the north side of the loch. They will pass through Fort Augustus onto the south side for the most challenging leg of the course – King of the Mountain – a 4.8-mile climb which rises to 380m in height.
The route then continues around the water’s southern edge before returning to the event village at Eden Court.
Team JBT has been taking part in Etape Loch Ness for the past four years and will be one of the biggest contingents later this month.