A record number of entrants from throughout Scotland and beyond has descended on Bute for the island’s annual festival of cycling.
The two-day event began with the arduous Serpentine hillclimb event on Saturday morning, which this year saw an overall entry of nearly a hundred, including 30 juniors - the youngest of them aged just six years old!
Entries for the 20-mile ‘2-Up’ round the island on Saturday afternoon were also up, from some 20 pairs last year to around 60 this time around.
Saturday’s programme, meanwhile, drew to a close with a new addition to the festival in the form of a 50-minute cyclo-cross race around the outer reaches of the Meadows, featuring lots of slipping, sliding, mud, glaur and steep slopes both up and down - and plenty of entertainment for spectators.
The 2013 festival continued with a ten-mile time trial from Ettrickdale to Rhubodach and back on Sunday morning, and concludes with the much-anticipated Round Bute Road Race later in the day. We’ll have more festival coverage on this site tomorrow, and in print in the September 27 issue of The Buteman - don’t miss it!