Mountain bike downhill World Cup in Fort William.

To get to the event in Fort William we had to cover 60 miles along the lochs. This road is mainly flat with a few steep hills thrown in for good measure. This morning it was bucketing down but fortunately the forecast predicted sun for the afternoon and this was delivered. Henri met with some local Rotarians and I visited the Oban Distillery which unfortunately would not let you sample or purchase any product before 10h00.

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Naturally I tried a loop hole by suggesting they could give me some for free that I could drink after 10h00 but this went down like a lead balloon. The assistant had to rush off to get water to revive the man and when he recovered he gently told me not to use the word “free” again as he might not survive a second attack!!!

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£3.75 for a miniature bottle is around R70 each.

We soon set off for Fort William in the rain. We rode out of Oban to Connell and missed the sign for Fort William so merrily pedaled on to Taynuilt. This meant we had covered 16 miles and had to return on the same route to cross the bridge and head for North Connell and then on to Fort William.

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A photo of the Slanter Castle with the island of Lismore in the background. Lismore is of course Henri’s farm name and this is a castle still in use today with
the only means to reach it is by boat.

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An unused bridge from years gone by and I found a number of them. The roads have been improved and the bridges are not wide enough to carry the modern trucks etc.

Tomorrow we watch the Downhill World Cup…….

Eugene on a bike somewhere in the world