Torphins man wins ETape Caledonia
Jon Entwistle from Torphins beat more than 5,000 other riders last week to be crowned the winner of Etape Caledonia 2015.
The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia is an 81-mile cycle challenge taking place on traffic-free roads set among the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire.
The event on May 10 was open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 80.
To ensure that the roads are reopened to the schedule agreed with the authorities, participants needed to maintain an average speed of 13mph around the course.
This gave them a minimum of 6h 15mins to reach the finishing line within the closure window.
The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia is generally regarded as the UK’s leading sportive and each year welcomes over 5,000 cyclists to the beautiful town of Pitlochry.
Shortly after setting off from a buzzing Pitlochry riders pass Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch.
This breathtaking start to the route not only sets the scene aesthetically, but also helps riders prepare their legs for the steep King of the Mountains (KOM) climb up Schiehallion.
Riders are rewarded after this uphill struggle with panoramic views across the Scottish Highlands.
The remainder of the route makes for relatively easy riding with a downhill section which goes on for over 8km.
After the fourth and final feed station of the route riders were cheered up the final climb by Marie Curie Cancer Care supporters, before riding a further 6km through forest lined roads which led them to the jubilant finish line in the heart of Pitlochry.