A few weeks ago, several members of the Cycle Law Scotland (CLS) team headed north to the beautiful city of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Rod (marketing director), Brenda (founder and head partner of CLS) and Thomas (trainee Solicitor) all signed up to take part in the famous Etape Loch Ness. The Etape Loch Ness is described as "cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness, offering the chance to cycle 66 miles (106 km) on traffic free roads". The route takes you on a 360° closed-road route around the loch, offering 900 m of ascent. There is a timed King of the Mountain stage, with a 4.8 mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 m in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times which was tough for all members of the team.
Each member of the CLS team had set their own personal challenges for the day. However, their main purpose and reason for attending the event was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The team members set up fundraising pages on JustGiving.com and Rod, Brenda and Thomas raised £360 between them thanks to generous donations from friends of the firm and other members of the CLS staff. There is still time to donate to Macmillan and if you would like to make a donation you can do so by clicking here.
Brenda set herself the challenge of completing the 66 mile route in under 5 hours. Rod agreed to be her wingman and rode the route by her side. Brenda was delighted to sneak in with a time of 4 hours 59 minutes and 34 seconds (04:59:34).
Brenda said, "I was so determined to get under that 5 hour mark. The route was fantastic, cycling along the shores of Loch Ness without traffic is a special experience. We have clients who ride in this event and it was great to finally experience the Etape for myself. I am planning next year already"
Thomas, who normally spends most of his time on two wheels off road riding mountain bikes, dug out his commuter bike which he purchased through the firm's cycle to work scheme. Having not ridden a road bike for some time, Thomas was a little nervous that he wouldn't be able to keep up with the roadies. However he was able to complete the route in three hours, eleven minutes and twenty three seconds (03:11:23).
After the event Thomas said, "I was really proud of my time and even surprised myself. The beauty that surrounds Loch Ness is astonishing. It wasn't easy but I can't wait to come back. Who knows, maybe this road riding stuff ain't so bad? Although I could definitely do with a lie down now"
Rod, Brenda and Thomas all did really well and the whole Cycle Law Scotland team are really proud of their achievements and money raised for Macmillan. Well done guys!