VIDEO: Day 1 of Bute cycling festival

The annual Bute Festival of Cycling got under way on Saturday, with hundreds of cyclists travelling to the island from all over Scotland and beyond to take part in a varied series of events.

The weekend began with the Serpentine hill climb in Rothesay on Saturday morning, with 19 junior riders and 88 adults tackling the taxing climb up the 13 hairpin bends of the Serpentine Road, one of the steepest and twistiest roads in the UK.

The Bute Festival of Cycling began with the arduous Serpentine hillclimb event on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

The Bute Festival of Cycling began with the arduous Serpentine hillclimb event on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

The fastest time was posted by Chris Smart, who scooped a £100 prize from event sponsors The Bike Shed after being the only competitor to complete the course in less than two minutes, crossing the line in one minute 58.45 seconds.

Later in the day, 59 pairs took part in the Circuit of Bute 2-Up time trial, with Harry Tanfield and Jamie Kennedy posting the fastest time of 47 minutes and 19 seconds.

Saturday’s events concluded with the second Bute Cross, a cyclo-cross event around the nooks and crannies of the Public Park and the Meadows held in glorious autumnal sunshine and to universal acclaim from all those who took part.

The festival continues with the Port Bannatyne ten-mile time trial on Sunday morning and round-the-island road races for ladies, gents and novices on Sunday afternoon - more coverage to come at this site and in the next issue of The Buteman!