Isles’ Iron athletes ready for epic challenge

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A MAJOR cycling and running event in the Western Isles has been announced which will test the toughest competitors on two wheels and two legs across some of the most stunning terrain in the Western Isles.

The Hebridean Cycle Challenge for the serious competitors is a road and mountain bike race with the option of running the off-road section instead of cycling. Competitors can do the challenge solo or in teams of two (changing over at Miavaig). The Challenge begins with a 33.6 mile road cycle from the Creed Enterprise Park outside Stornoway to Miavaig in North Harris.

The race then continues with a 10.5 mile off road section through the mountains from Miavaig to Bowglas and ends with a half mile road section to the finish at the Scaladale Centre, Ardvourlie, North Harris

The Hebridean Charity Cycle is a 21.3 miles non-competitive event catering for casual cyclists. Charity entrants can co the event solo or as a relay team of three. The Charity cycle also begins at the Creed Enterprise Park and finishes at the Scaladale Centre.

The event is being run by the Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association and offers something for everyone above the age of 16, keen on cycling and on raising money for the Western Isles MS Society. Even if people don’t want to test their stamina or raise funding, organisers say they will still be welcome to take part. Transport will be provided to take bikes and riders back to the Creed Enterprise Park.

Race competitors will take off an hour before the Charity cycle so people don’t have to worry about getting in the way of the serious racers. The whole event will finish off at the Scaladale centre with a barbeque and some entertainment before the prize giving and transport will be provided to take everyone back up to the Creed Enterprise Park.

More details can be found on the following website www.hebrideancyclechallenge.co.uk which gives the details of the actual day, entry forms, last years results and much more. If you have any further question then please contact us via the email address shown on the website info@hebrideancyclechallenge.co.uk.