Steve MacInnes and Helen Finlay triumphed at Scotland’s Benromach 10 Under the Ben endurance mountain bike race at Fort William last weekend – overcoming heat, midges and an energy-sapping course to claim victory, not to mention a wee dram of the sponsor’s tipple.
Now in it's fourth year, the event was blessed with glorious sunshine as 436 endurance riders gathered to do battle with LeanachanForest, all set against the impressive backdrop of Ben Nevis. Steve MacInnes rode the gruelling 10 mile lap a total of 11 times in 10hr 48min 46sec as a solo rider. Helen Finlay, meanwhile, was the top female solo competitor completing the course 8 times in 10:06:26.
10 Under the Ben was the first event of the Benromach Three Tens Series and riders of every ability and fitness level have two more opportunities to get involved.
On Saturday, July 12 Galloway Forest Park will be the venue for 10 At Kirroughtree, the second event of the series and the organisers, No Fuss Events, are expecting record numbers to race this year. The venue, tucked away in south west Scotland, is famous for its fast flowing singletrack and superb mountain bike trails.
Tehn, on Saturday, August 23 the series moves to north east Scotland for the final event: 10 More in Moray, where the Ordequish woods near Fochabers provide excellent racing with testing climbs and exciting the singletrack trails including the Haggis and the Soup Dragon.
Along with 10 Under the Ben entrants, those riding at Kirroughtree and Moray will be eligible to enter the prize draw for the chance to win an all expenses trip for two to New Zealand to take part in the Sport Southland’s Moonshine Trail Event.