Four wheels for fans of two

Cy­clists hope for minibus win


High­land cy­clists are sad­dling up in the hope of tak­ing away the big prize in this year’s Press and Jour­nal minibus com­pe­ti­tion.

The aim of the Black Isle Moun­tain Bike Club is to pro­mote a healthy and ac­tive life­style to their young mem­bers while of­fer­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills and make friends in a safe and friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

The Press and Jour­nal is giv­ing away a 17-seater Ford Tran­sit minibus, spon­sored by oil and gas firm Nexen, to a de­serv­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity group.

Ewan Hen­der­son, one of the Black Isle group’s lead­ers, said: “Own­ing a minibus has been a longterm dream, al­beit an im­pos­si­bly ex­pen­sive one for the club.

“Our abil­ity to of­fer moun­tain bik­ing to as many lo­cal kids as we can, at the va­ri­ety of world-class venues found around the High­lands, is of­ten ham­pered by the ex­pense of trans­port­ing them and the avail­abil­ity of seats in other par­ents’ or coaches’ vehicles.

“On a weekly ba­sis this bus would of­fer a trans­port ser­vice to lo­cal chil­dren who are cur­rently un­able to be in­volved on

“We strive to get as many kids as we can safely man­age on to the hill each week”

the club train­ing nights – for what­ever rea­sons that may be.”

The group has more than 65 mem­bers, aged seven to 16, and runs with an ex­ten­sive wait­ing list full of ea­ger cy­clists.

Train­ing tra­di­tion­ally takes place at Learnie Red Rock in the Black Isle.

How­ever the group trav­els to other venues across the north, with mem­bers com­mut­ing from as far afield as Brora and Auldearn.

Mr Hen­der­son says chil­dren want­ing to use their ser­vice very of­ten can­not, a prob­lem which this bus would solve.

He added: “Our club ethos is all about of­fer­ing a fun, safe and friendly cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren from the Mo­ray Firth basin. eas­ily

“Those who may need our ser­vices most are po­ten­tially un­able to ac­cess the huge ben­e­fits moun­tain bik­ing of­fers – es­pe­cially those who may be from less priv­i­leged back­grounds.

“The health and so­cial ben­e­fits of be­ing in­volved in a dy­namic and pos­i­tive club en­vi­ron­ment can­not be un­der­stated and we are striv­ing to get as many kids as we can phys­i­cally and safely man­age on to the hill each week.” Women us­ing hor­monal con­tra­cep­tives have a 20% higher risk of breast cancer than those who are not, re­search shows.

The work is said to be the largest of its kind on breast cancer and hor­monal con­tra­cep­tion such as the com­bined pill, the pro­gesto­gen-only pill and non-oral prod­ucts such as the hor­mone-in­trauter­ine sys­tem (IUS).

The study fol­lowed 1.8mil­lion Dan­ish women aged un­der 50 from 1995 to 2012 to as­sess breast cancer risk in users of dif­fer­ent types of hor­monal con­tra­cep­tion as com­pared to women who had never used it.

Re­searchers found that in cur­rent and re­cent users of any type of

“The ab­so­lute ex­tra risk was 1.3 per 10,000 person-years”

hor­monal con­tra­cep­tion, the risk of breast cancer was 20% higher.

The re­search was car­ried out by the Uni­ver­sity of Copen­hagen, with the Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen.

The study sug­gested the num­bers af­fected were likely to be low.

Pro­fes­sor Phil Han­naford, Aberdeen team lead, said: “Breast cancer is rare in young women.

“In this study, the ab­so­lute ex­tra risk of breast cancer as­so­ci­ated with use of hor­monal con­tra­cep­tion among all women aged 15-49 was 1.3 per 10,000 person-years, or one ex­tra breast cancer for ev­ery 7,690 women us­ing hor­monal con­tra­cep­tion for one year.”

The study found lit­tle ev­i­dence of con­sis­tent dif­fer­ences in risk be­tween users of com­bined oral con­tra­cep­tives with dif­fer­ent pro­gesto­gens.

Re­searchers did not de­tect an in­creased risk in former users who had used hor­monal con­tra­cep­tion for less than five years, while the in­creased risk in long-term users grad­u­ally de­creased in time.

EYE’S ON THE PRIZE: Al­lan Kenyon and Ewan Hen­der­son from minibus hope­fuls Black Isle Moun­tain Bike Club

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