Cycling: Entries now open for Bute festival

This year's Bute Festival of Cycling takes place on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.
This year's Bute Festival of Cycling takes place on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

Entries are now being taken for the annual Bute Festival of Cycling - also known as the ‘Rothesay Weekend’ - taking place around the island next month.

Hundreds of cyclists from across Scotland and beyond are expected to visit the island for the event, which will be held on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

The festival programme follows the successful format in place now for many years, with junior and adult hillclimbs up the steep Serpentine Road in Rothesay on the Saturday morning, a 2-Up time trial on the Saturday afternoon, a ten-mile time trial from Ettrickdale to Rhubodach and back on the Sunday morning before the ‘blue riband’ event - the round Bute road races for novices, ladies and gents - on the Sunday afternoon.

For the third year in a row, the festival will also feature a cyclocross event, taking place in and around the Public Park and Meadows area of Rothesay on the Saturday evening at 5.30pm.

Click here to find out more about the races and to enter online - while you can also watch two ‘helmet cam’ videos, taken by rider Kevin Pugh during the 2014 event, of the Serpentine hillclimb and Meadows cyclocross courses below.

* The festival’s organisers, the Bute Wheelers cycling club, are still on the lookout for volunteer marshals for the weekend - email info@butewheelers.org or call Murray Doyle on (01700) 503011 if you’re interested in helping out.