Hebridean cyclist Kerry MacPhee, who comes from South Uist, is leaping up the rankings of women cyclists in Scotland.
Four times Scottish Offroad Mountain Bike Champion, Kerry has just been crowned ‘Queen of the Kirk 2013’ after winning the Scottish Hill Climb Championships at Logie Kirk in Stirlingshire on 20th October.
Kerry has had a really good end to the season including podium finishes in events as far afield as Bermuda, Switzerland and Belgium and, as a result, has been selected for the Scottish cycling development programme.
She is now fully focused on a programme of performance improvements leading up to what she hopes will be qualification for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
The latest boost to Kirsty’s career comes in the form of new sponsorship from Loch Duart Ltd .
Having graduated in both Physical Education and Sports Management at Stirling University, Kerry is keenly aware of the importance that nutrition plays in an elite athlete’s performance.
Unsurprisingly she likes eating salmon and has been a longstanding fan of Loch Duart Hot Smoked Flaky Salmon.
She said: “To be able to get such high levels of Omega 3 from food I love is a great bonus.”
A native of South Uist, Kerry is already familiar with Loch Duart, which has a smokehouse and two sea sites just offshore, and she is well known to the Hebridean staff in the small community.
Kerry holds her father responsible for her interest in cycling and triathlon, as she recalls having to run across the hills to gather sheep at the family croft as he didn’t have (or wouldn’t get) a dog!
With financial and dietary support from Loch Duart, Kerry will be able to increase the number of events she is able to compete in and aims to improve her ranking position in 2014.