What’s the best way to Aberdeen? Torque’s intrepid Account Manager, Henry Willis, cycled 240 miles across Scotland for charity and lives to tell the tale
‘This time,’ I thought to myself, ‘I might be in a little over my head,’ as the coach I was sitting in careered through one remote Scottish village after another. Rain lashed at the window as the bus took to the climbs and descents of the impressive mountain peaks with an audible engine strain. In just a few hours, we’d be out on these roads on our bicycles. We were on our way to the start of a 240-mile coast-to-coast ride across Scotland, to be completed in under a day.
A disused RAF airbase near Campbeltown, of the Kintyre peninsula, played host to the true start of our epic challenge. Ultra-endurance cyclist, Mark Beaumont, who last year set a world record for the shortest time to cycle around the world – in an unimaginable 79 days – invited 80 hardy riders to join him on the trip of a lifetime across Scotland. Our 240-mile target was the daily distance total for Mark’s record-breaking round-the-globe efforts. As I lined up in the makeshift peloton, the group was composed of experienced road cyclists in it for the challenge, while we were also raising money for STV Children’s Appeal, combating poverty among young people in Scotland.