This year’s Bute Festival of Cycling has been another roaring success, with around 400 participants competing in events across the weekend.
Organiser Murray Doyle of Bute Wheelers told us: “The Rothesay Weekend is seen as an end of season chance for clubs to socialise and race, and they love what we arrange for them.
“We had the biggest crowd we’ve ever seen out watching Serpentine race. The weekend attracts a wide range of levels, from some relatively new racers to some very experienced.”
This year the Serpentine was won by a 17-year-old from Edinburgh, Callum Johnston, with a time of 1 minute, 57 seconds, winning The Bike Shed annual trophy.
The ladies winner was (again) Lynsey Curran (Dooleys RC) with a time of 2:20.
The 2-Up winners were Aidan Quinn and Gavin Shirley, both from Dooleys RC, doing 20 miles in 48 minutes and 38 Secs, winning the VisitBute annual trophy.
This year’s 10-TT was again won by Chris Smart (GTR Team), in 21 mins and 15 secs, winning the Bute BackPackers annual trophy. In first place lady was, again, Lynsey Curran with a time of 25mins and 12 secs.
Sunday’s afternoon 40 mile APR was an exciting race, with fast groups chasing slower groups. The race was won by another junior, Thomas Mitchell from Birkenhead CC. Winning the ladies section was Thomas’ sister, Jesse Mitchell, from the same club.
Winning the overall weekend Yellow Jersey prize in the men’s section was Gavin Shirley. For the ladies, the winner was Lynsey Curran, and in the junior section Callum Johnston walked away with the prize.
Congratulations go to all winners, and to all who helped assist with what was another fantastic year for the Bute Festival of Cycling.