Ian Gilbert, organiser of the upcoming Hebrides Audax cycle event, completed the gruelling 300km Snow Roads Audax recently.
Taking to the snow roads around Grampian, starting and finishing in Kirriemur, Ian took in more than 4,800m of climbing and passed over the major climbs of Cairn O’Mount and the Cabrach on the way to Dufftown before climbing to the ski station on the Lecht and crossing a further two un-named climbs on the way to Braemar.
“A sunny start to the day, with a helping wind for the first part of the ride, assisted in building up time in hand before the head wind slog southwards,” said Ian, who started the event at 6am on Saturday, June 7th.
He left the last control at Braemar, with 60km left to go, at around 6.30pm – just as the raid started.
“By the time I reached the ski station at the summit of the Cairnwell, the rain was falling heavily and roads for the final descent and run back to Kirriemuir along Glen Isla were dangerous and flooded in parts,” added Ian, who finished the Audax at 8.50pm, completing the ride in just under 15hours.
Ian is organising three Audax events in Lewis and Harris, taking place on July 5th and 6th. To date 29 riders (two island cyclists) have entered for the 300km event; 11 (one islander) for the 200km and 13 (nine island cyclists) for the 110km ride.
Ian expanded: “Audax is a challenge ride and events have minimum time limits (based on 30kph) to prevent riders going too fast and racing.
“Maximum time limits based on 15kph for the longer distances and 12.5km providing a challenge for beginners and slower riders.”
Entries for the Hebrides Audax Events close on June 21st and more details of the routes, and how to enter, can be found on www.audaxhebrides.net