A group of cyclists from Queensferry are set to pedal off today (Saturday) on an 800 mile charity ride.
Wil Tunnell, John and Kate Mucklow and Stephen McGoldrick are part of a nine-man team which will leave Oban for a gruelling eight day, 811-mile circumnavigation of the coast of Scotland north of the Great Glen.
The local cyclists will join a team from the Hebridean island of Coll in the ‘North of the Fault’ ride which also climbs a staggering 54,209 feet. And leading the group will be former Scotland rugby captain and Coll resident Rob Wainwright.
Wil, a relative novice to road cycling, said: “It may be that even Rob’s broad shoulders cannot shelter us from the notorious west coast winds and the midges but this route beats Land’s End to John o’ Groats hands down.”
The foursome are members of the Famous 801 cycling group from Dalmeny Station. They are raising money for heart defibrillators for Coll and for Highland-based charity Mary’s Meals.
Coll’s isolation means that defibrillators are all the more important in saving lives and, on their first day of cycling, the team will be making a detour to visit the Dalmally base of Mary’s Meals.
John added: “It’s only a little detour, over Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe!”
The team will race the Isle of Mull Sportive which, at 80 miles and around 6000 feet of climbing, is by a long way the easiest day of the tour.
The cyclists are entirely self-funding the trek and donations can be made now through www.northofthe fault.co.uk.