Hard work at Hebridean Cycle Challenge

First solo cycle/cycle competitor Paul C Smith is awarded with his prize.
First solo cycle/cycle competitor Paul C Smith is awarded with his prize.

The fit, brave, hardy and charitable got on their bikes and into their running shoes this week for the gruelling Hebridean Cycle Challenge.

The Challenge, a competitive road and mountain bike race with the option of running the off-road section instead of cycling it, began with a 33.6 mile road cycle from the Creed Enterprise Park outside Stornoway to Miavaig in North Harris before continuing with a 10.5 mile off road section through the mountains from Miavaig to Bowglas and ending with a 0.9 mile road section to the finish at the Scaladale Centre, Ardvourlie, North Harris.

Competitors were allowed to enter the Hebridean Cycle Challenge as soloists or as teams of two with the changeover point in the team event being at the start of the off-road section at Miavaig.

Winner of the solo bike challenge was Paul Smith with a leg-sapping and hugely impressive time of 02:40:13 which was 13-minutes quicker than closest rival John Neil Mitchell.

Winner of the solo bike / run was Ruaraidh Michie with a time of 03:44:20. Winners of the Pair Bike trophies were Isaac Spiers and Gavin Earons while Donald Thomson and Anesti Davenhill pedalled and ran their way to the Pair Bike/Run Winners Trophy.

For full results see www.hebrideancyclechallenge.com

More pictures in next week’s Stornoway Gazette.