Cycling: Bumper entry for Bute festival

Action from the 2-Up on Saturday afternoon - the second of four events in Bute Wheelers' annual cycling festival.
Action from the 2-Up on Saturday afternoon - the second of four events in Bute Wheelers' annual cycling festival.

The annual Bute Festival of Cycling got under way on Saturday with a bumper entry for the first two events of the weekend.

There was local success in the junior Serpentine hillclimb event on Saturday morning, with Jonny Zan-Kreyser of the Bute Wheelers completing the twists and turns of the taxing course in a time of 1:00.74, beating 12-year-old Innes Johnston of Glasgow Riders into second place, while Bute Wheelers’ Lewis Blair was third.

The adult Serpentine hillclimb, sponsored by Rothesay firm The Bike Shed, was won by Chris Smart of Paisley Velo in a time of one minute and 55.2 seconds, with Glasgow Couriers’ Euan Pope in second and Glasgow Wheelers’ David Griffiths third.

Saturday afternoon’s 2-Up event, covering the main island loop from Rothesay via Port Bannatyne, Ettrick Bay, Ballianlay, Scalpsie, Kingarth, Kerrycroy and Craigmore, was won by Jim Cusick and Jamie Kennedy, who completed the course in just 47 minutes and 54 seconds.

The festival continues on Sunday with a time trial event between Port Bannatyne and Rhubodach and a round-the-island ARP road race.