First Scot­tish cy­cling time trial comes to Lochaber as trib­ute

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE first Cy­cling Time Trial (CTT) event to come to Scot­land will be held in South Lochaber next weekend in mem­ory of a Fort Wil­liam cham­pion.

Trag­i­cally killed in a col­li­sion at Carrs Cor­ner in 2008, Ja­son MacIn­tyre was a ris­ing star in Bri­tish cy­cling.

The 34-year-old was a triple Bri­tish and Scot­tish cham­pion time trial cy­clist and head­ing for the Olympic Games be­fore his sud­den death.

Ev­ery year since his pass­ing, the cy­cling com­mu­nity has pulled to­gether to hold a me­mo­rial for him.

And this year Bri­tain’s big­gest time trails or­gan­i­sa­tion, CTT, al­lowed the Scot­tish district to hold part of the fourth event, in a se­ries of six across the UK, in mem­ory of Ja­son.

Event or­gan­iser and friend of Ja­son Stephen Blom told the Lo

chaber Times: ‘This event is part of six se­ries across the UK which will at­tract some of the finest ath- letes in the coun­try. We had sev­eral cy­cling me­mo­rial events over the years for Ja­son, but be­cause I am part of the Scot­tish CTT, I sug­gested we hold num­ber four around the Glen­coe area.

‘I want to get more high-pro­file rac­ers to come to Lochaber, and CTT have never held a com­pe­ti­tion north of the bor­der be­fore.’

Al­most 70 riders are set to take part in the event on May 14, with some trav­el­ling from as far away as the Chan­nel Is­lands to take part.

Stephen said: ‘The riders will be of mixed abil­ity, with var­i­ous lev­els from club rider to elite level, and some of the best Bri­tish tri­al­lists.

‘Riders will take off in one-minute in­ter­vals. They will start south of Bal­lachul­ish and then pro­ceed to­wards Glen­coe, be­fore turn­ing off and do­ing a lap of Kin­lochleven.’

Cy­clists will com­plete the 17.8-mile route be­fore head­ing to Bal­lachul­ish Vil­lage Hall for a pre­sen­ta­tion of the fastest lady, local rider and vet. The Ja­son MacIn­tyre Tro­phy will be pre­sented to the fastest over­all rider.

‘The Ja­son MacIn­tyre tro­phy we have is beau­ti­ful, and his wife Caro­line and their twin daugh­ters will have a stall with some of his mem­o­ra­bilia in the hall af­ter the event,’ said Stephen.

Tak­ing part in the trial will be Scot­land’s most promis­ing tal­ent John Archibald, the brother of Olympic and world cham­pion Katie Archibald.

This year John has bro­ken long-stand­ing records over var­i­ous dis­tances in­clud­ing some held by Fort Wil­liam re­tired rider Mark Atkin­son. And guest of hon­our will be cy­cling le­gend Graeme Obree, also known for the Old Faith­ful bi­cy­cle he built which in­cluded parts from a wash­ing ma­chine.

Stephen, who re­cently gave up his cy­cling ca­reer af­ter a kid­ney trans­plant, said: ‘I wanted to do some­thing to give back to the sport and to Ja­son.

‘Next year will be Ja­son’s 10year an­niver­sary. We are hop­ing to build on the event and get 200 peo­ple signed up for next year. We want this to be an on­go­ing event for years to come.

‘Not many peo­ple have the tal­ent to go down south and com­pete and to get some­one at that level from Fort Wil­liam is just in­cred­i­ble. He was the very best of the best.’

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