22 March 2017
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

All-women’s team finish third at Strathpuffer 24 hour race

January 23, 2017
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Members of the all-women Adventure Syndicate team proved their revered status at the Strathpuffer 24 hour race with Emily Chappell (below centre) taking the individual title and the women’s team not only winning their category, but finishing third overall.


Emily-Chappell
Photo credit: garywilliamson.co.uk

The 12th Strathpuffer 24 hour mountain bike race tested the competitors technical skills to the max as they battled to stay upright on icy sections of the course. With the potential of black ice and slick slabs lurking around every corner, concentration levels were key to maintaining traction in some of the toughest riding conditions seen in recent years.

Freezing fog in the valley, clear skies at the top of the course and temperatures hanging around or below zero for the duration of the event, the backdrop for this year’s event may have been stunning but it did make for seriously challenging riding conditions.

Strathpuffer-night
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The first few laps were fast and furious but when night fell, the 2017 ‘Puffer became a matter of slippery survival. 17 hours of darkness and many spills later, a beautiful Highland sunrise breathed new life into the riders, galvanising their resolve and putting smiles back onto some seriously weary faces. The end was in sight.

Strathpuffer-2
Photo credit: garywilliamson.co.uk

When the race finally came to a finish, this year’s exhausted, elated and relieved competitors had achieved something quite extraordinary – a new record for the total number of laps ridden at the ‘Puffer. An incredible 6,583 laps in total. That’s nearly twice around the world!

Aside from the awesome Adventure Syndicate team’s success, there were also brilliant performances that deserve a shout out – Team Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber won the women’s pair, Katie Entwistle (below) at 13 years old won a special mention completing 8 Laps and Barbara Murray was officially the first ever mother of a 3 month old baby to take part and have to stop to breastfeed between laps! You can watch an interview with Barbara on the Strathpuffer FB page.

Katie-Entwhistle
Photo credit: garywilliamson.co.uk

Results:

Female Quads
The Adventure Syndicate/Sandy Wallace Cycles: 36 Laps – 24:13:30
Team Teacake: 28 Laps – 24:39:10
Birds of Prey: 27 Laps – 24:31:10

Adventure-Syndicate
Photo credit: garywilliamson.co.uk

Female individual
Emily Chappell: 23 Laps – 23:33:56
Annie Lloyd Evans: 22 Laps – 23:21:10
Cat Sutherland: 17 Laps – 23:44:09

Female pairs
Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber: 23 Laps – 24:14:31
Muddy Bums: 17 Laps – 22:20:13
Wheely Tyred: 15 Laps – 23:56:22

Special Recognition Award
Katie Entwistle: First Solo ‘Puffer at 13 years old – 8 Laps

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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