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Inverness ultra-endurance cyclists share their adventures as part of Etape Loch Ness celebrations

By Andrew Dixon

TWO world-class women cyclists will share tales of their endurance adventures at an event staged to welcome thousands of riders to Inverness for Etape Loch Ness.

Eden Court will host an afternoon of film, storytelling and adventure on April 27, as 5600 riders prepare to saddle up for 66 miles of closed-road cycling the next day.

The venue will feature a talk from Jenny Graham, who became the fastest woman to cycle around the globe, as well as a screening of Commonwealth mountain biker Lee Craigie’s award-winning film on the epic Tour Divide.

Jenny Graham.
Jenny Graham.

Event director Malcolm Sutherland said: “These events are a fantastic addition to the weekend’s programme. It really helps to add to the already great festival feel that Etape Loch Ness brings to Inverness.

“I know that riders will be very excited and looking forward to getting out there to complete the event on traffic-free roads and listening to the incredible achievements of these remarkable riders will only provide further inspiration.

“We get excellent feedback from riders year after year about the warmth of the welcome they receive from the local community, and events like these being hosted by Eden Court will help to make them feel even more at home.”

Ms Graham, who is taking part in Etape Loch Ness this year, entered the Guinness Book of World Records after completing her unsupported solo ride in 2018.

She will be describing the physical and mental demands of her 18,000-mile journey across four continents and 16 countries – which she completed in 124 days – in a fascinating insight into her adventure.

Lee Craigie.
Lee Craigie.

Ms Craigie, who has twice previously been the fastest female around the Etape Loch Ness course, will show and discuss her film – Divided – on riding Tour Divide along with fellow female cyclist Rickie Cotter.

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