Tri-club’s pedal power

Tri-club race James Moncur
Tri-club race James Moncur

THREE members of East Fife Tri club, James Moncur, Andy Brierley and Scott Urquhart, recently competed in one of the top 10 toughest mountain bike events on the planet, the notorious Strathpuffer.

Based in the forests just outside Strathpeffer, the concept for the Puffer is simple.

How many laps of a technical, eight mile course which includes about 500m of climbing, can teams of four, two or solo riders complete in the space of 24 hours?

In northern Scotland. In the first week of January. In the dark.

Competing in his first mountain bike race, James, a former Marine, rode pretty much non-stop for all of a 16-hour shift on the saddle.

He completed 15 laps in the solo class and placed 25th out of 50.

This impressive feat enabled him to raise a whopping £1660 for injured Royal Marines.

Scott and Andy, meanwhile, completed 25 laps in the pair class.

The boys were supported in their recent efforts by Leslie Bike Shop and Right Move Windows.

They also wanted to extend their thanks to their dedicated support team which kept them supplied with food and drink, and also helped to hose them down between laps.

Pictured right are Andy, James and Scott.