Congratulations to Matthew Downie for setting the new Solo, Male, (18-49) Standard bike CW circumnavigation record for the historic Scottish NC500 course – on Sept 27-28, 2023
|Waypoint #||Way point||est mileage||est cumm|
|Start-1||Inverness Flora MacDonald Statue||0||0|
|3||Muir of Ord||2||13|
|20||John O Groats||18||404|
|22||Muir of Ord||5||516|
|End-24||Inverness Flora MacDonald Statue||11||529|
Record attempt – NC500
Name of rider – Matthew Downie
Start date – 27th September 2023 0900
Start location – Inverness castle
Conditions – High winds, heavy rain, yellow wind warnings on met office.
Reason for record attempt – My mate Harry suggested that I attempted the record after seeing Mark Beaumont achieve the record last year.
What equipment was used? – S-works Venge with Enve 7.8 wheels, Orbea Ordu with Enve disc, Speeco custom TT extensions.
What did you eat and drink? – I ate a combination of Styrkr bars, SIS energy gels, sweets and filled wraps. I also drank coke, Fanta, Styrkr carb mix and water.
What was the hardest part? – The last 96km my knee injury really flared up and it almost became impossible to pedal. After swapping back to my road bike I was able to push through and keep my legs pedalling.
Did anything unusual happen? – I was descending down a twisty road when I came across a herd of sheep in the middle of the road. I tried slowing down as much as possible and just managed to squeeze past them.
Exact finishing location – Inverness castle
Exact finishing time – 1230