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Kilberry Loop Sportive

One of Argyll’s most enjoyable cycling events will be back for 2020 with the news that entries for the Kilberry Loop Sportive have now opened. The announcement, which was made by event organisers, Mid Argyll Triathlon and Cycle Club, will see the Kilberry Loop Sportive return to Mid Argyll on Saturday 8 August.

Starting on the outskirts of Tarbert, at the Isthmus, the route heads north on the A83 towards Lochgilphead, before turning onto the B8024 where competitors will pedal through Ormsary and Kilberry before heading back to the finish in Tarbert. This is a stunning route and the views over the Sound of Jura to the islands of Islay and Gigha are a rich reward for screaming muscles on the testing climbs.

This will be the third year this increasingly popular event will take to the road. As it is a sportive, the Kilberry Loop is a non-competitive event and at just short of 40 miles long is perfect for a first-time competitor. ’In 2019 there were some astonishingly quick times with several entrants, including Tarbert’s Gordon Blair, completing the route in 1 hour 54 minutes with Carol Lawson from Ardrishaig crossing the finish line just six minutes later. But take heart, the majority of entrants are a little more relaxed with completion times being three to four hours, including an enjoyable stop at Ormsary for refreshments. We’re sure, whatever the time taken there is plenty of time to enjoy the day.

Around 80 cyclists took part in the 2019 event and organisers hope the 2020 event will attract even more athletes this year. To make the event even more attractive Mid Argyll Cycling and Triathlon Club hope to include race timing for the first time. And, for the third year, the Kilberry Loop Sportive is supported by British Cycling, the nation’s largest cycling organisation and national governing body for cyclesport, who actively help and encourage people to get into cycling.

If you’d like to sign up for this year’s Kilberry Loop Sportive, or want more information visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/224200/Kilberry-Loop-Sportive

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