Haulage firm swaps HGVs for two wheels ahead of Etape Loch Ness cy­cling chal­lenge

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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