Bealach na Ba cycle event

43 mile Shieldaig round Applecross & back

43 mile Shieldaig round Applecross & back

Thomas’ Bealach cycle challenge.

The “short” 43 mile cycle event has taken place  in the village, early May for the last 3 years. This is a personal challenge which starts  in Shieldaig,  goes over the Bealach Na Ba around the Applecross peninsular going through some amazing mountain and coastal scenery, back to Shieldaig. The ascent over the Bealach goes from sea level to 2050 feet in just 6 miles. The views from the top across to the Isles of Skye, Raasay & Rona are beautiful – not that the 500 cyclists appreciate this, having puffed to the top.

Thomas decided to have the spur of raising some money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust . Many thanks everyone who sponsored him – £100 was raised. His time was just under 4hours 30minutes (the quickest time was about 2 hours 20minutes).

There were various incidents Thomas style. He collected various bits of kit people had lost on the way up (2 sodden jackets & a pump) lugged then all the way to the top of the Bealach before handing them in to a marshall.  Had a touch of brake failure & a bit of bother with some gravel. Decided to have a cold refreshing shower under a waterfall to wash the bog off (that he landed in). Stopped for refreshment several times & concluded that the Aurora flapjacks were definitely the best of the lot. Having finished that he came home & cooked meals for guests!


~ by Aurora Bed and Breakfast on May 25, 2009.

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