Kerry back on the podium

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Kerry Macphee pedalled onto the podium with a brave display of riding in Portugal after a spell she concedes has been ‘less than ideal.’

The Kilphedar Flier, the only athlete from the Western Isles to ever compete at the Commonwealth Games, continues to astound and set an exceedingly high benchmark for all to try and follow.

Lining up in a Category 1 race Macphee took a stranglehold on fourth place almost from the start – a position she stubbornly refused to relinquish until the final lap when she make a leg-sapping push for the podium which was rewarded with a third place finish.

“I snuck off to Portugal on my own this weekend and I’m delighted to report that the gamble paid off and I got a podium finish,” she beamed.

“Rather than dwell on my less than ideal last few races, I’ve got my head down, beavered away at my training and thankfully I’m starting to feel a lot better on the bike. I wanted to come out with no pressure and just enjoy the process and try and bag some points and fortunately Lady Luck was my friend.”

In recent weeks Kerry had discovered a previously unknown allergy to grass – which robbed her of the chance to win the British Mountain Bike series on the final straight.

A few weeks ago then-series-leader Macphee set off for the final race at Cannock Chase in the box-seat to take the elite series title before being forced to retire inside the opening lap, and with it give up her chance to win the overall series.

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