RideOban Weekender puts a new spin on adventure

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More than 80 people got on their bikes to join in Adventure Oban’s first RideOban Weekender.

The event was packed with community cycling activities including group social rides to mountain bike coaching in and around Oban from Glencruitten Woods to Sutherland’s Grove.

There was also a community film screening of several outdoor adventure films – including question and answer sessions with some of the people behind each film.

The RideOban Weekender was organised by the not-for-profit charity Adventure Oban in partnership with Chris Hutchens and Ben Cathro – two former Oban residents who have risen to the top of world mountain biking racing.

They were joined on the saddle by big-name Scottish riders Mikayla Parton and Joe Barnes who joined in with rides and were special guests at the film screening.

A founding member of North Argyll Cycle Club, the event made good on Chris’s commitment to find ways to give back to the community that supported him in his
formative years in the sport.

Event organiser and Adventure Oban director Ben Sunderland said the weekend provided a framework to build on local mountain bike provision for all ages, shining a spotlight on what the community could do for young riders in particular.

He hopes conversations started with help from the RideOban Weekender will go on to inspire more initiatives.

‘The RideOban Weekender was an absolute blast, with a focus on having fun and making friends. The event delivered on exactly what Adventure Oban was set up to do: seek and provide ways to increase community access to the great outdoors for everyone and help support existing clubs, organisations and local businesses.

‘We’re excited for what might come out of the conversations we’ve helped start with this event,’ said Mr Sunderland who praised the support of key partners North Argyll Cycle Club, Café Atlantis, Atlantis Leisure, Oban Cycles and the Rusty Cycle Shed.

Catch up with the RideOban fun here at RideOban Weekender | Recap Film

Caption: The RideOban Weekender attracted more than 80 people on their bikes