WHILE over 5,250 cyclists took on the uphill challenge of Highland Perthshire’s closed roads in the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia this weekend, a group of three teenage cycling fans from the Aberfeldy area took on a challenge of a different kind, working with one of the world’s best known technical cycling partners, Mavic.
Underneath the yellow tents at some of the most famous cycling events, including the Tour de France and the Etape Series, Mavic technical support have been helping cyclists, repairing wheels and, in more competitive situations, ensuring rapid repairs to help cyclists along their way.
The group of youngsters worked with the Mavic team over the course of the event, learning about the basics of bike maintenance and repair, as well as helping out the professional team on the Sunday.
Councillor Mike Williamson, from Highland Ward, commented:
“They’ve been trained up over the last twelve months by Mark Sinclair from Bike Station in the basics of bike maintenance. This was a really great opportunity for our local youngsters to work with one of the best technical teams in the world and put their skills to the ultimate test. Mavic has helped many a professional, and amateur, cyclist get to the finish line and it’s a rare opportunity to learn from people who are truly at the top of their profession.
“I am grateful to IMG Challenger World, organisers of Etape Caledonia, for making this happen. Who knows, we may now have a future Tour de France technician in our midst.”
James Robinson, managing director at IMG Challenger World, said:
“We were delighted to assist with creating this opportunity. We have always worked closely with the local community, and many of the local cadets are integrally involved with the operations of the event at the finish line. It’s fantastic that we have been able to extend these opportunities to even more local youngsters, giving them access to world-class technical skills and a very memorable work experience placement.”
For more information on the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk.
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