Electric anticipation for Kilberry Loop Sportive

Riders set off from The Gather building for the 2019 Kilberry Loop Sportive

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With just a month to go until cyclists from across Scotland saddle up to take on the 40-mile Kilberry Loop Sportive, organisers have announced a new category for ebikes.

For those unfamiliar with eBikes, they are bicycles with an added battery which is powered by pedalling. The battery fuels a small motor which can give you the push you need for hills or rough ground – perfect for some of the tougher hill climbs on this spectacular 40-mile sportive.

The non-competitive event is being held on Saturday August 7.

Kilberry Loop Sportive organiser John Hardie explained: ‘The popularity of ebikes has soared over the last 18 months and we felt the time was right to open the event up to include them. They are a great choice for people who want to take up cycling, but are concerned about their age or lack of fitness. They are also popular with mountain bikers. Because ebikes can help with the hard slog of hills, they allow riders to get a bit more technical with the downhills.’

As well as the introduction of ebikes, the sportive is looking forward to welcoming friends old and new.

The Kilberry Loop Sportive is a great way to cycle in company, in an outstanding setting, with some cyclists returning year after year to ride the route. But there is always room for more and entries remain live on the British Cycling website.

New faces at Tarbert’s The Gather, Phil and Corrin Green, are excited to be supporting the event and look forward to waving the cyclists off from the former heritage centre and welcoming them back in the afternoon.

Corrin said: ‘We’ll be there on the day from early morning to meet everyone and provide pre-registration refreshments and throughout the day as we wait for the cyclists to return.

‘We hope everyone who is waiting for the cyclists to return will come and enjoy the lovely atmosphere and while we can’t guarantee the sunshine, we can guarantee a warm welcome.

‘We have lots of facilities and will have a dedicated physio space set up for anyone who needs it.’

John Hardie added: ‘It’s so good to be back, holding an event in Tarbert.

‘We’re absolutely delighted to have The Gather on board for this year’s event and we hope it will remain at the heart of our event for many years to come. We are looking forward to working with our 20 volunteer marshals again; these are the people who add to the atmosphere of the day.

‘They’re there to keep you safe, to cheer you on and give you that added motivation to keep pushing up the hills. We are also indebted to Tarbert Enterprise Company, Tarbert Harbour Authority and William Duncan & Co Accountants which continue to sponsor the sportive.

‘Whether you’re a novice or experienced cyclist, want a relaxed day out cycling in company or you’re challenging yourself to hit a new personal best, the Kilberry Loop Sportive has something to offer you – and yes there’s a goodie bag for everyone.’

There is still time to register through the www.britishcycling.org.uk website.