Matiss climbs to fourth place in Cairngorms hill event

North Argyll Cycling Club's Matiss Robertson comes through heavy rain and the hill climb finish line at Cairngorms Race Weekend with Nick Charlton

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North Argyll Cycling Club’s Matiss Robertson took on the hill climb at Cairngorms Race Weekend and came through the finish line in fourth place.

The Barcaldine cyclist finished the 13.5km event climbing 400ms up to the ski centre in 26 minutes and 25 seconds – less than one minute behind the winner. There were 63 entrants at the starting line.

Matiss said Saturday’s hill climb took place in ‘biblical conditions’ as heavy rain fell, but he was pleased with his result.

‘The first half of the event was a false flat and then it went up. It wasn’t a hill all the way. We had to engage our efforts accordingly. I was pleased to finish less than a minute behind the winner. The weather condition were biblical,’ he said.

Matiss Robertson in the handicapped road race over 47kms as part of the Cairngorms Race Weekend
Cairngorms Race Weekend’s handicapped road race event
North Argyll Cycling Club’s Nick Charlton, Matiss Robertson, Shona MacLauchlan and Andre Paul Vann at the Cairngorms Race Weekend

Sunday’s handicapped race saw Matiss’s group (third group) complete the 47 km route in one hour and eight minutes. Overall in the event Matiss came in 13th place.

Other NACC members taking part in the race weekend were Nick Charlton, Shona MacLaunchlan, Alison Carrie and Andre Paul Vann.