RideOban puts pedal power behind cycling hub town

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A weekend of community cycling is wheeling its way to Oban.

The RideOban Weekender is a new event announced by Adventure Oban for October 29 to October 31.

RideOban Weekender poster

Atlantis Leisure, Oban High School, Isle of Kerrera Development
Trust, Oban Cycles, the Rusty Bike Shed and North Argyll Cycle Club (NACC) are behind the weekend, along with not-for-profit charity Adventure Oban and mountain bike racers Chris Hutchens and Ben Cathro.

Former Obanites Chris and Ben have risen to the top of the mountain biking world of competitive racing and will be joined at the event by other high-ranking Scottish riders Mikayla Parton and Joe Barnes.

Throughout the weekend there will be group rides and socials, guided mountain bike sessions, a one-off adventure-themed edition of Atlantis’ Freestyle Friday and screening of adventure films on the Saturday evening at Atlantis Leisure – including Q&As with some of the people from each film.

Chris is a founding member of North Argyll Cycle Club and wanted to find a way to thank the community that supported him in his formative years in the sport, he says.

‘Cycling has been hugely important in shaping who I am today and I’d love to help others enjoy the benefits and opportunities it can bring. The support I had, particularly from Atlantis Leisure, when growing up in Oban was fundamental to racing at an international level. It’s been superb to see NACC and the cycling community flourish in the area in recent years and it’s great to be involved in the RideOban Weekender,’ he said.

Chris and Ben are also former members of Atlantis Leisure’s Elite Squad, a programme that supports young athletes showing high potential in their sport via training and development opportunities.

Adventure Oban chairman Dave Bleazard said: ‘The Weekender is a brilliant opportunity to showcase what the Oban area can achieve. It’s exactly the kind of event that delivers on the aspirations of both Adventure Oban and Atlantis Leisure to help increase access to the great outdoors for all while strengthening our community through leisure and social initiatives.’

Funded partly by donations from the Oban Sportive, the weekender is a natural follow-on event showcasing Oban as a cycling hub.

The event’s partnership with the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust also builds on their recent successful Kids Bike Event.

Also part-funded by Big Bike Revival, some events are ticketed to help cover additional costs.

If cost or access to kit are an issue, people wanting to take part should contact Adventure Oban via hello@adventureoban.org for help.

Go to adventureoban.org/weekender to find out more and book spaces

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Email: hello@adventureoban.org