Kerry Macphee is, in her own words, ‘totally cheesing’ after winning the British Mountain Bike Marathon Championship at the weekend.
The Hebrides’ own Commonwealth hero has battled back to the top after a recent bout of illness and infection left her short of energy and struggling to find top gear.
But the 28-year-old pedalled back onto the podium in glorious fashion at the gruelling 75KM British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships to take first place and the British title.
Also in action on the day was her sister Kirsty Macphee (pictured with Kerry above) and she brought a second title home for the Macphee mantlepiece in Kilphedar, South Uist, by crossing the chalk first in the 50KM race – quite the family double.
“I am totally cheesing,” laughed Kerry, “I’m in shock a bit but I’m super chuffed at becoming the owner of a British Champs jersey.
“It was a pretty brutal race with 2400m of climbing and I went into the race with two goals; not to blow up and to enjoy it.”
In the end Kerry did both and in some style as she crossed the line in Selkirk in first place with a time of 4 hours 31, two minutes clear of second-placed Lee Craigie, bringing the curtain down on what she confesses has been a trying time for her.
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