The 31 cyclists who completed the 2019 Butt to Barra charity cycle reached Castlebay in sunshine, after enduring headwinds, heavy rain and thick mist during their three day epic challenge.
Friday (July 12th) saw the final leg of their journey, emerging from the mist of Thursday’s slog to Balivanich and into the pleasant warmth and kindly tailwind offered at Eriskay, where they crossed the Sound of Barra en masse.
Support driver Alistair Glover was with them as they boarded the ferry, having fixed and fine-tuned bikes along the route, as well as travelling to and fro to ensure outliers reached their staging points safely.
He said: “A slight tailwind and clearing skies made for happier cyclists. A cruise in to the ferry terminal and a hope that all the vehicles would get on (which we did thankfully), followed by a leisurely tour of Barra and that was the end of this year's incredible charity run.”
After sailing down the hill to Castlebay, the cyclists were welcomed with extensive refreshments and an impromptu ceilidh at Castlebay Community Hall with local icons the Vatersay Boys.
They also now know that their team JustGiving page has now reached almost £16,500 for Bethesda, Hebridean Men’s Cancer Group and Crossroads Lewis, with plenty more pledged donations still to be counted in.
Pictures are courtesy of Bespoke Bicycles and show the finish at Castlebay and a ferry crossing.