Western Isles cyclist Kerry MacPhee is flying home to Stornoway today (Wednesday January 30th) after finishing yesterday on the podium at the end of a gruelling four-stage mountain bike challenge in Lanzarote.

South Uist athlete Kerry was placed second overall in a field of 22 elite female cyclists, at the Club La Santa 4-Stage Mountain Bike Race Lanzarote, where amateur and elite riders challenge themselves on varied terrain of tarmac roads, sand, lava fields and dirt track. About 90% of the course is off-road.

Kerry, who is community liaison officer at Lewis Wind Power in Stornoway, was supported throughout her competition by twin sister Jennifer MacPhee-Peace, who made sure kit, refreshment and spares for the bike were available at critical points throughout all four stages.

Jennifer said: “So flipping proud of her. It’s been awesome watching her and helping her out. I'm going to put this awesomeness down to my home made cooking every night. Proud twin sister right here!”

Even while she celebrates her first success of 2019, Kerry has her eye on the next challenge – in Valencia in Spain next month.

She said: “Now if anyone would like to come to Valencia with me around the 14th of February to help me at another stage race, please do let me know. It's a four-day stage race and a support person is invaluable. Digs and food covered – thank you, kindly.”

Pictures show Kerry leading the field in Lanzarote and with Jennifer (right) in the Lanzarote sunshine (Jennifer MacPhee-Peace).