Cy­cling pow­er­house heads for the is­lands

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

WOMEN’S cy­cling pow­er­house The Ad­ven­ture Syn­di­cate has an­nounced Ride the High­lands, a self-sup­ported tour of the Scot­tish High­lands and Is­lands, with the dual pur­poses of pro­mot­ing ac­tive travel among re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and launch­ing their new race team, The Quad.

Ath­letes Lee Craigie, Rickie Cot­ter, Emily Chappell and Paula Re­gener will leave Glas­gow on their bikes on the Wed­nes­day May 3, and follow a 500-mile route that takes in the Cale­do­nian Way and the He­bridean Way, vis­it­ing schools and com­mu­ni­ties in Oban, Fort Wil­liam, In­ver­ness, Stornoway, Har­ris and Uist.

Hav­ing rid­den to Oban and car­ry­ing camp­ing equip­ment for the week, the four will be hosted by Oban Cy­cles next Thurs­day May 4 for an inspiring evening of films, and a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

The fol­low­ing day, they will visit Lochaber High School be­fore ar­riv­ing in In­ver­ness on May 6. The team will then host an overnight ad­ven­ture by bike for girls aged 13 to 16 in the In­ver­ness area, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with De­vel­op­ing Mountain Biking in Scot­land and Ve­loc­ity Café and Bi­cy­cle Work­shop be­fore rid­ing over to Ul­lapool and start­ing their jour­ney south through the Western Isles.

Scal­adale Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre will co or­di­nate mountain bike ses­sions and film show­ings in Stornoway (May 8), Har­ris (May 9) and Uist (May 10) As well as be­ing ath­letes at the top of their game, The Quad are skilled com­mu­ni­ca­tors and are pas­sion­ate about in­creas­ing aware­ness of the phys­i­cal and emo­tional ben­e­fits of cy­cling. Their school vis­its will in­clude a show­ing of Es­cape, a short film pro­duced by Sus­trans and star­ring ath­lete Lee Craigie, fol­lowed by an in­spi­ra­tional talk and a work­shop around how to travel self-sup­ported by bike, and in some cases an ac­com­pa­nied ride-out and overnight camp.

Lee Craigie, Rickie Cot­ter, Emily Chappell and Paula Re­gener will ar­rive in Oban next week be­fore head­ing to the is­lands.

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