Cham­pion Jason hon­oured in first Cy­cling Time Trial event to be held in Scot­land

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A FORT Wil­liam cy­cling cham­pion has been hon­oured in the first Cy­cling Time Trial (CTT) event to come to Scot­land.

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 death.

Ev­ery year since his pass­ing, the cy­cling com­mu­nity has held a me­mo­rial for him, and this year Bri­tain’s big­gest time tri­als or­gan­i­sa­tion, CTT, al­lowed the Scot­tish district to hold an event in me­mory of Jason.

Or­gan­iser and friend of Jason, Stephen Bloom, told the

Lochaber Times: ‘This was an event that had never been done be­fore, but CTT chair­woman She­lia Hardy said this was the best one they had ever seen, with the lo­ca­tion and the stun­ning scenery. Ev­ery­one was rav­ing about it and the com­ments we got back were 10 out of 10.’

Cy­clists com­pleted the 17.8mile route round Loch Leven be­fore head­ing to Bal­lachul­ish Vil­lage Hall for a pre­sen­ta­tion of the fastest lady, lo­cal rider and vet­eran.

John Archibald, 26, who is based in Glas­gow, clocked 38.40 to win by 51 sec­onds.

This year John has bro­ken long-stand­ing records over var­i­ous dis­tances, in­clud­ing some held by Fort Wil­liam re­tired rider Mark Atkin­son.

Jackie Field, 52, from Cam­bridge, was fastest fe­male and wrapped up her over­all se­ries win in the vet­eran women’s cat­e­gory.

‘All the rac­ers from down south said it was well worth the drive up to Scot­land and these are re­ally high pro­file rac­ers,’ said Stephen. ‘The hope is the rid­ers will go home and spread the word and next year this will be an even big­ger event, which will be an­other great boost for the econ­omy.

‘Jason loved do­ing these events and he would have been im­mensely proud this event came to his home patch.’

Stephen said guest of hon­our Graeme Obree gave a ‘ lovely pre­sen­ta­tion, and thanked all the vol­un­teers who helped’. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times, Jason’s widow, Caro­line Mac­In­tyre, said: ‘ The whole event turned out fan­tas­tic and the day was re­ally good. It was quite dif­fi­cult and bit­ter sweet in a way, be­cause Jason would have loved to be able to do the race up here, but it’s lovely that the first time it came to Scot­land it was for him.

‘It was great to hear ev­ery­one talk­ing about him and see­ing his bike and mem­o­ra­bilia. Peo­ple were all swap­ping sto­ries about what he was like on the bike and his best times.’

Caro­line said Jason’s bike and bik­ing gear is now be­ing sent to Doo­leys Bike Shop in Pais­ley where it will be on show.

‘It was re­ally dif­fi­cult to part with his things be­cause they have been in the house for so long and now they are not go­ing to be there. But his bike de­serves to be in Doo­ley’s, on show for peo­ple to look at and talk about him and his achieve­ments,’ said Caro­line.

Stephen said he hopes next year the event can be big­ger and bet­ter, with more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

He added: ‘ Out of the blue two guys from the Co- op in Bal­lachul­ish came round to the vil­lage hall and gave us four boxes of ba­nanas and four crates of tan­ger­ines. We can see how much bring­ing this event to south Lochaber meant to the com­mu­nity. We weren’t re­ally in a po­si­tion to do fundrais­ing this year, but I put a dona­tion box out and we got £101 which is be­ing given to Bal­lachul­ish Scouts.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Jason’s widow Caro­line Mac­In­tyre, cen­tre, with the Jason Mac­In­tyre Me­mo­rial Tro­phy, and daugh­ters, Morgan, left, and Chloe.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Trial win­ner John Archibald, left, with or­gan­isier Stephan Blom and world bik­ing le­gend Graeme Obree, right.

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