Cyclefest riders enjoy the sun as temperatures soar

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The GTM Cyclefest Sportive was run off under remarkably fine conditions recently.

Some of the 300 plus riders experienced temperatures approaching 30 degrees on some of the road climbs in the Grampian mountains.

Held the day before the track events, the sportive is run over 25 miles, 100kms and 100 miles.

The routes take riders over and through many of the Grampian Mountain passes.

The event has been billed as the toughest King of the Mountains Sportive in the country and with the blistering conditions it added to the quickly growing reputation.

In only its second year this event had more than 60 riders starting the 25 miles, with more than 170 riding the 100 kms and 70 braving the 100 miles.

Despite the heat, and perhaps because of the support on the routes with top-ups for water bottles and supplies of food and fruit, only six riders failed to complete the course.

Already it is obvious that this is a top-class event benefiting from the support of the Grampian Transport Museum, Senergy the event sponsor, and the cycling knowledge within Deeside Thistle Cycling Club. Already thoughts are turning to next year when things like electronic timing will have to be put in place to accommodate the expected expansion in numbers.

It is not a race but for interest sake the fastest riders at each distance were: 25 miles John Campbell (1.23.04); 100 kms - Dan Whitehead (2.58.34), and 100 miles - Simon Van Bellen (5.51.23).