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Location:
Scotland, UK
Length:
550 miles
Riders:
62
Terrain:
Off-road

That’s all folks

Sadly, news has come through that Michelle has had to scratch. She ran out of time at Kinlochewe.

That means the race is over for this year and what an epic it has been. The weather has been very poor and tested the resolve of all riders.

Well done to all riders who completed the route under such testing conditions.

Nick Bubb happy on the finish line
Nick Bubb happy on the finish line

Inside 8 days

Alan Parkinson finished last night in a time of 7 days 15 hours 30 minutes. Remember this was on an ex-hire bike. Well done Alan, a fantasitc effort. Great to see such a big smile on the finish line.

Alan Parkinson

After having rode so much of the route together, Nick Bubb and John Mark Beckley got separated on the final run in from Kinlochleven. Nick finished at 05.45 this morning and John Mark at 07.45. Both riders completing the route in under 8 days. Great riding and great determination. Well done.

This means the eyes of the entire dot watching community are now focused on Michelle. Come on, Michelle we are willing you to the finish. As I write, her dot is still stationary at Kinlochewe and she has another two days of rain forecast.

The DGs

David Gooberman has successfully finished. His provisional time is 7 days 4 hours and 20 minutes. Well done.

Sadly, the other DG (Daniel Gona) has had to scratch because of a broken rear axle. How gutting to have got within 40 miles of the finish. The HT550 shows no mercy.

Berten De Canne is also a scratch. He had to bail from Fort William in order to catch a ferry back to Belgium. He smiled his way through some terrible conditions and I'm sure he will be back again. If anyone is riding the ACT-5 this year they can expect to a warm welcome from Berten - just don't try to keep up with him when drinking Belgian beer.

Alan Parkinson is in Fort William. Nick Bubb is riding down the Great Glen and I'm assuming John Mark Beckley is with him but it is hard to be sure as his tracker hasn't updated for a while.

Michelle Dulieu is about to descent to Letterewe before tackling the Postman's Path.

Jason Thorman looking tired but contented on the finish line
Jason Thorman looking tired but contented on the finish line

Saturday morning update

Well done to Petr Kohoutek who finished at about 01.00. He has ridden very strongly over the past 2 days.

Another night time finisher was Adrian Baskerville coming in some time around 02.00. Well done, a great effort.

A big congratulations to Iain Cormack. It looks like he didn’t stop in Fort William and rode on all night and has just finished. I wonder if he was motivated to finish in under 7 days? If so, he has achieved his aim. Well done.

David Gooberman is a few hours away and Daniel Gona should finish this afternoon. (If you are dot watching then don’t mix up the ‘DG’ dots)

Alan Parkinson, Nick Bubb and John Mark Beckley should all finish at some point today.

Michelle Dulieu is safely over the Fisherfield river crossing and hauling herself and her bike up the hike-a-bike. Keep going Michelle!!

Friday evening summary

As things stand, Dave Simons, Mike Sheldrake and Ron Thomson have all crossed the finish line since the last update. Well done to all three. Fantastic efforts.

Petr Kohoutek and Adrian Baskerville should push on to the finish even if they have a late end to their ride.

For the other riders, it seems like it will be a question of staying dry and warm for another night.

David Gooberman has been stationary in Kinlochleven for a while now. He is either having supper in the pub before carrying on for a late finish or settling down for the night in a B+B.

Daniel Gona and Iain Cormack look like they are safely lodged in Fort William.

Nick Bubb and John Mark Beckley look like they have found shelter in Camban bothy at the head of Glen Afric whilst Michelle Dulieu has stopped in Shenevall.

This means the only rider who might be sleeping in his tent is Alan Parkinson.

For those riders who don’t finish tonight at least they can look forward to a dry day tomorrow. Everyone bar Michelle should finish on Saturday so please spare a thought for her as she will still be riding on Sunday when the weather looks to get wetter again. She has not been daunted by the weather so far so I hope she stays strong all the way to Tyndrum.

Andy West and Jason Thorman’s dots are bouncing

Finishing within minutes of each other, Andy West and Jason Thorman have just crossed the line. Well done guys.

Dave Simons and Ron Thomson are not far behind.

Mike Sheldrake is in the mix somewhere but has tracker has given up the ghost. The other riders between Fort William and Tyndrum would do well to smash it out in order to reach the finish and have a proper bed for the night.

Given the weather, I hope Michelle opts for an early night and the shelter of Shenevall bothy. If the weather is truly grotty, then Iain Cormack and Daniel Gona might opt for a night in a B+B at Fort William. The only other riders out there are on the Kintail hike-a-bike / Glen Afric descent. There are not many bothy options in that stretch - they may see if they can reach Fort Augustus if they are keen for an alternative to a night under canvas.

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