The first ever Hebridean Cycle Challenge took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday 18th June with amazing performances from the Challenge competitors and Charity cyclists alike.
Starting at the Creed Business Park, outside Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, the Charity Cyclist raced 21.3 miles to the Scaladale Outdoor Centre, Isle of Harris. The Challenge competitors continued on for a further 12.3 miles into Miavaig, on the Hushinish Road, before turning onto the off road track into the North Harris hills and continuing either by running or mountain biking the 11 mile demanding off road track back round to the finishing line at the Scaladale Centre. The Challenge competitors were able to complete the course as a team of two, changing with their team mate at the start of the off road track or to complete the whole road and off road route as a solo entry.
Great feedback was received from all entrants with fantastic comments like “It was a brilliant race, it really was a challenge”; “it was so well marshalled. It was good seeing as many marshals; it meant that you know you were on the right route” and “Superbly organised race through spectacular scenery, a true challenge which pushed me to the limit and beyond! When do entries open for next year’s race?”
The organisers of the challenge, Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association, would like to give a big thank you to all that took part and helped make the day such a success, to those who were involved in organising the event and a special thank you to the Lewis and Harris Coastguard and Hebrides Search and Rescue for marshalling the both the cross country and road sections of the event.The winners of the Challenge race are shown below but a full list of all the entrants and their times, as well as photographs of the event can be found on the Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association website www.lhyca.co.uk