Matiss king of the Borders hills

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North Argyll Cycle Club members enjoyed a busy weekend with events taking place on both sides of Oban Bay and in the Borders.

Matiss Robertson takes to the hills in the Scottish Borders.

Matiss Robertson found himself on top of the podium in Stow where he took part in the Stow Triple – Hill Climb Stage race.

Organised by Outsider Events, the Stow Triple is in the format of a stage race, cumulating in three separate hill climbs over the course of the day. Riders’ individual times on each of the stages are added together in a GC stage race format.

Using three different styles of climb across the three stages, Matiss displayed consistent climbing prowess on steep 19 per cent gradients, undulating ramps and a steady all out power climb, coming first in all three stages.

The 19-year-old UHI student was thrilled with his performance at his first triple stage event.

‘It was really fun and I enjoyed my day in the Scottish Borders,’ he told The Oban Times.

‘I can often travel a good distance, only to compete for 10 minutes then come home, so it was good to spend the day there and do three different stages.’

Matiss, who is in his third year of a BA Honours course in Adventure Tourism Management, experienced some adventurous tourism in Stow.

The day started off reasonably dry and the Barcaldine rider won the stage with a 12 second advantage on his closest opponent. Matiss built on his lead in the next two stages, winning both and taking the title overall with a 35 second lead.

‘I was slightly nervous going into the last stage as it was quite a steep incline and by this time the rain had really came on,’ he said.

‘The organisers were great and had all our times and positions out to us quickly so I knew exactly what I had to do. I knew it was going to be tough but because it was the last one I threw everything I had left in the tank at it and it paid off.’

Back at home, North Argyll Cycle Club held a successful ladies meet-up day in Oban organised by Charlotte Forbes. A totally of 25 ladies took part and Charlotte thanked Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds for organising coffee and cake at the end.

Over on Kerrera, around 60 youngsters from the island and the mainland took part in the inaugural Kerrera Kids Bike Event. See page 43 for article and photographs.

The club will be holding its annual general meeting for all members on Friday November 12 at 7pm at the Lochnell Arms Hotel, North Connel. A buffet will be served.