SLIDESHOW: Record entry for Bute cycling festival

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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!

The annual Bute Festival of Cycling, organised by the local Bute Wheelers club, began with the taxing Serpentine hillclimb on Saturday morning.
The annual Bute Festival of Cycling, organised by the local Bute Wheelers club, began with the taxing Serpentine hillclimb on Saturday morning.

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!

 

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