Adventure show star to battle ex-Scottish rugby captain

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A cycling duel between two heavyweights of Scottish sport will light up May’s Kintyre Way (KW) Ultra event.

Last year BBC2  Adventure Show star, Dougie Vipond, featured the race on his show. This year he’s part of it and is determined to beat former Scotland rugby player and its first professional captain Rob Wainwright.

Entries have closed and so far just 70 other cyclists have signed up to race alongside the pair on  a 73-mile leg of the Kintyre Way starting just south of Tarbert at 8.30am on Saturday May 5.

In addition at the same time 94 runners will tackle the original ultra marathon course starting from Tayinloan at 8.15am.

Organiser Robbie Semple of ATV Services Scotland, based in Lochgilphead said: ‘There is some top-class competition.

‘Dougie Vipond will have to get to the finish quickly because he is presenting the prizes.’

Sean McFarlane is one of Scotland’s most successful long-distance triathletes and adventure racers. He finished runner up in last year’s KW cycle race.

Sean also coached Vipond for the BBC’s Adventure Show as Dougie took part in the 2016 Braveheart Triathlon. Recently he quizzed Vipond on his decision to take part in the race.

Vipond said: ‘We filmed the running race at Kintyre last year for the Adventure Show and I was blown away by the whole thing.

‘From the course, the location, the atmosphere. Plus, you’ve spent the last six months raving about the bike race, so I had to give it a go!

‘Finishing is my main target, which frankly is far from guaranteed. It would be good to beat Rob Wainwright but he’s handy on the bike so that’s unlikely.’