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The Adventure Syndicate announce Ride The Highlands

May 2, 2017

Women’s cycling group The Adventure Syndicate have announced Ride The Highlands: a self-supported tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, with the dual purpose of promoting active travel among remote communities and launching their new race team, The Quad.


Athletes Lee Craigie, Rickie Cotter, Emily Chappell and Paula Regener will leave Glasgow on their bikes on the Wednesday 3rd May (accompanied by photographer James Robertson), and follow a 500-mile route that takes in the Caledonian Way and the Hebridean Way, visiting schools and communities in Oban, Fort William, Inverness, Stornoway, Harris and Uist.

Having ridden through Arran to reach Oban and carrying camping equipment for the week, The Quad will be hosted by Oban Cycles on Thursday 4th for an inspiring evening of films and a Q&A session. The following day they will visit Lochaber High School before arriving in Inverness on the 6th May. The Quad will then host an overnight adventure by bike for girls between the ages of 13 and 16 in the Inverness area, in collaboration with Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Velocity Café & Bicycle Workshop, before riding over to Ullapool and starting their journey south through the Western Isles. Scaladale Activity Centre will co ordinate mountain bike sessions and film showings in Stornoway (8th May), Harris (9th May) and Uist (10th), and The Quad will then travel to London for an official launch appearance at Spin Cycling Festival on the 12th May.

As well as being athletes at the top of their game, The Quad are skilled communicators and are passionate about increasing awareness of the physical and emotional benefits of riding a bike. Their school visits will include a showing of ‘Escape’, a short film produced by Sustrans and starring athlete Lee Craigie, followed by an inspirational talk and a Q&A workshop around how to travel self-supported by bike, and in some cases an accompanied ride-out and overnight camp.

In association with Paths For All, who work hard to promote the benefits of cycling and walking over driving in Highland communities, The Adventure Syndicate will also conduct research into the reasons why people (especially women and girls) choose not to ride their bikes.

About the team

The Quad is the first professional racing team to focus entirely on self-supported, ultra-distance events, and consists of Lee Craigie (former British Mountain Bike Champion and member of Team GB), Emily Chappell (London cycle courier turned ultra-endurance road racer), Rickie Cotter (24-hour Mountain Bike Champion) and Paula Regener (long-distance self-supported cycling specialist).

Over the next few months Rickie and Lee will be taking on the Highland Trail 550 (Scotland), the Tour Divide (Canada to Mexico, June) and the Colorado Trail Race (Denver to Durango, July), and Paula and Emily will be racing the TransAtlanticWay (Ireland, June) and the Transcontinental (Belgium to Greece, August).

The Women’s Sports Magazine

The Adventure Syndicate and The Quad are grateful to Leigh Day, Apidura, Exped and Findra for their support in helping them achieve their social and athletic aims.

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