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Ayrshire trainer is velocity star as she baggage iconic Loch Ness biking course file – NewsEverything Scotland

An Ayrshire faculty trainer’s obtained on her bike and set a brand new ‘monster’ course file for a gruelling 66-mile street race.

The sportive biking occasion round iconic Loch Ness was postponed 3 times from April 2020 as a result of ongoing Covid pandemic.

However Stewarton Academy’s Catriona Lockie broke the feminine course file – finishing it in 2 hours 54 minutes 59 seconds.

She additionally picked up the Queen of the Mountain title, finishing a 4.eight mile climb reaching 380 metres in 24m 39s.

Over 4,000 cyclists signed up for the occasion this yr – amongst them being her boyfriend, Andrew Tait, and her dad, Gordon.

They did not fairly attain the heights of beginner bike owner Catriona, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, however it was her dad who impressed her to take up biking within the first place.

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Cyclists in the Etape Loch Ness
Cyclists within the Etape Loch Ness

“Dad and Andrew have been competing too so it was a little bit of a household time out as nicely with my mum cheering us all on from the sidelines,” Catriona, 29, informed Lanarkshire Stay.

“While my dad has by no means cycled competitively, he has at all times performed it extra for enjoyable and to maintain match. He obtained me into it a few years in the past.

“Sadly, Andrew obtained a puncture 10 miles in. He did get himself sorted and saved going however by that point a whole lot of folks have been lengthy gone.”

The occasion round a number of the nation’s most beautiful surroundings has to date raised over £50,000 for charity companion Macmillan Most cancers Help.

Catriona beforehand took half within the race in 2019, ending the 15th feminine again then.

She went on: “I solely actually began taking biking severely just a few years in the past and I actually wished to enhance on my time from 2019.

“It was an honour to be collaborating and in addition to enhancing my time, deep down I knew I actually wished to win or come prime three or 5 at very least.

“However I knew if I wished to do this I must cycle sooner than I’ve even performed earlier than – races like this are by no means straightforward.

“There was a steep hill and I managed to interrupt away from two or three different cyclists.

“By the point I obtained to the highest of the hill I had opened up a niche after which for the final 25 miles or so, I simply saved pedalling as quick and onerous as I may. I do not suppose I anticipated to set a brand new course file although, I used to be completely delighted.”

A piper motivates the cyclists on the route
A piper motivates the cyclists on the route

Catriona – who teaches Non secular, Ethical and Philosophical Questions (RMPS) at Stewarton Academy having labored on Arran for quite a few years – cycles each Saturday morning with a gaggle in East Kilbride and in addition, relying on work commitments, throughout the week too.

“I spend a whole lot of my life both working or on my bike,” she added. “I’m out loads and the weekends and once I can after work, so it is a huge dedication.

“The EK group I cycle with on Saturday mornings do lengthy distances, and are a very fast group, which was perfect for making ready for Loch Ness.”

Catriona’s successes have continued as she and her Glasgow-based crew, Travelo, gained the Scottish crew time trial championships which have been held in Forfar, Angus not too long ago.

It was her first-ever official street race, with the Loch Ness occasion not formally counting, and it was a close-fought battle in the long run with Catriona’s crew profitable by simply 12 seconds.

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