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Ross-shire cyclists invited to take part in fundraising challenge for all-weather cycling centre – the 42-mile Culloden Wee Battle is aimed at riders of all abilities and will follow a route from Culloden Moor to Dulsie Bridge, Ferness, the outskirts of Nairn, Cawdor, Croy and back to the start.


By Val Sweeney

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A fundraising cycle challenge will take place next month.
A fundraising cycle challenge will take place next month.

A fundraising cycle challenge will take place next month to raise awareness of plans to build an all-weather cycling centre in Inverness.

The 42-mile Culloden Wee Battle is aimed at riders of all abilities.

It will follow a route from Culloden Moor to Dulsie Bridge, Ferness, the outskirts of Nairn, Cawdor, Croy and back to the start.

It will take place on Saturday, September 4.

The route will cover quiet roads with a total climbing height of 2329ft.

Funds raised will go towards a campaign to build a cycling complex as part of a Highland Arena sports and events centre, earmarked for Inverness Campus.

Launched by the Highland Velodrome Trust, the vision is to develop a safe hub for cyclists of all ages and abilities in the region.

It will be centred on an indoor velodrome but also include a dedicated outdoor racing circuit, BMX facilities, a general skills and training zone and indoor training studios.

Entry to the Culloden Wee Battle costs £20 and is via the British Cycling website.

Riders will set off between 10.30am and 11.30am.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, there will be no formal headquarters or centralised rider timing.

Instead, the emphasis is on providing a signed route for riders and support.

It will include a food and water stop at the half-way point and marshals at strategic points.


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