Helen Gorman of Stirling Bike Club took over 30 mins off her debut time this year. Quite an adventure, and a brill read here on her blog.

Then I was dibbing in at the top of the third and final peak, a good half hour ahead of last year’s time and with one final, mad descent to go. Just below the summit I followed the wheels of two lads from Wakefield Junior Triathlon Club down a particularly steep, tussocky section that I am 100% sure I walked last year. I was halfway down it, the wind making my eyes stream so I could barely see what was in front of my wheels, before I wondered, “What the hell am I doing?” But it was too late to bail out

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