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WATCH: Highland man smashes NC500 cycle time with two hours to spare

By Caroline McMorran

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Cyclist Robbie Mitchell, who hails from Durness, has smashed the world record for the fastest cycle ride around tourism route NC500.

The veteran cyclist completed the 516-mile route in 29 hours, five minutes and 42 seconds, comfortably beating the previous record of 31 hours, 19 minutes and eight seconds.

Tired but elated, Robbie returned to Inverness in the early hours of this morning after setting out from the Highland capital at midnight the previous day.

He was raising money through the challenge for the Edinburgh Sutherland Association.

In a Facebook message to the Northern Times, association president Andrew Mackenzie said: “Looks like he did it in 29 hours, five minutes and 42 seconds. So our local boy shaved over two hours off the record!”

The video shows Robbie cycling into Inverness earlier this morning. More information when we have it.

Robbie Mitchell takes a welcome rest after his gruelling cycle ride.
Robbie Mitchell takes a welcome rest after his gruelling cycle ride.

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