Kintyre gears up for cycling’s End of the World

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By Mark Davey

A bicycle event in similar spirit to Kintyre’s famous run has been named End of the World (EOTW).

The two day Kintyre Wheelers Cycling Club (KWCC) EOTW series, in partnership with MACC base is planned for the weekend of May 4 and 5.

All the events will be on the former airbase’s traffic free roads and It is hoped to include a 10 mile time trial, a two-up time trial and a feature sportive six hour endurance event.

EOTW  is the brainchild of KWCC secretary Robbie Semple, who re-formed the club after a break of many years.

At a Monday evening committee meeting, in the Ceann Loch Diner, Scottish Cycling’s Fraser Johnson endorsed the scheme after being driven round the MACC circuit which was used for time trials, last summer, attracting more than 30 riders.

Mr Semple told the meeting that the ‘brand’ was coined by round the world cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Mr Semple said: ‘Mark Beaumont said: “It’s like going to the end of the world when you drive to Machrihanish.’

‘It is the end of the world – that is the way we will market it,’ added Mr Semple, ‘Cycling in all genres has experienced a massive raise in popularity country wide.

‘By hosting an event we can promote safe cycling and competition which in turn maximises the benefits of the sport while promoting health and wellbeing.

‘MACC offers a unique venue to create an event. We are being given a golden opportunity by MACC.’

Mr Johnson said: ‘There is a ready market for whole weekend cycling events.

‘EOTW does not clash with any other Scottish events that weekend.

‘People are travelling a bit further and this ti the type of event that is wanted.’

For the past two years, 2017 and 2018, Mr Semple has organised the Kintyre Way Ultra off-road cycle event.

Further details of EOTW are to be confirmed and a date for pre-entry online will be advised shortly.