Its all uphill for Ewan in Bute

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The wheels of fortune have been turning again for North Argyll Cycle Club (NACC) members with multiple successes at the Rothesay Cycling Weekend on the Isle of Bute on September 17 and 18.

Ewan Dowd powers his way round the Isle of Bute. Photograph: Paul Hornby.

Ewan Dowd kicked things off taking the win in the Juvenile Serpentine Hill climb in 59 seconds.

Despite being short, the well-known climb is steep and technical, making the riders navigate up nine hairpin bends for the Juveniles and 13 for the seniors.

Ewan told The Oban Times: ‘I am really happy with my performance in the hill climb, taking the lead by four seconds.

‘A lot of it was down to line choice and knowing when to put the power down due to the greasy conditions.

‘There was a very good atmosphere with crowds clapping, ringing bells and cheering me on.

‘It was a real sight to look above at the nine winding hairpins with people stood around them.

‘It is certainly a road I will never forget, living up to its name of the ‘Serpintine Hill Climb’. It felt like it was straight out the French Alps.’

Matiss Robertson and Andre Paul Van competed in the senior competition. Andre crashed half way up but amazingly got back up, battled on and managed to finish in the middle of the pack.

Saturday afternoon saw the two-up time trial around the island where pairs of team-mates work together against the clock to get the fastest time.

Andre and Matiss paired up for NACC and were the first riders off. Despite Andre’s injured knee, the duo put a great time in which later saw them into the top 10.

Father and son Ewan and Chris Dowd also competed, finishing 23rd out of a great turnout of 47 pairs.

The second day brought success for the women. Rachel and Alison Carré competed in the 10-mile time trial, each taking the win in their age categories.

Ewan won his category meaning he and Rachel swept up the juvenile honours.

Andre and Matiss displayed their cycling prowess once again, both coming home in quick times.

On Sunday afternoon there was an Australian pursuit race and a novice road race.

The pursuit saw five different groups set off at different time intervals embarking on a two-lap ride round the island, seeded on speed.

Matiss and Andre raced in this and came through high up the field, despite there being three races in their legs.

Alison and Ewan did the one lap road race.

Ewan stayed in the front group and finished tenth overall and Alison once again came first in her category, ending the weekend in style.

The weekend, well organised by Bute Wheelers, will be in the cycling calendar for next year.


captions: North Argyll Cycle Club members from left, Matiss Robertson, Andre Paul Van, Chris Dowd, Ewan Dowd. NO_T40_NAC_EwanDowd_Bute_Group

Ewan Dowd powers his way round the Isle of Bute. Photograph: Paul Hornby. NO_T40_ewandowd_bute2