10 Under the Ben isn’t exactly around the corner from Manchester, but the Fort William-based race has one of the best mountain bike courses in the country so the opportunity to race on it for a full ten hours was too good to miss.

Arriving the night before the start of the race to a large cloud of traditional Scottish midges (who are quite partial to the blood of Englishmen), it wasn’t long before the lads were lining up on the start line. A couple of early crashes  on the tricky course, both Team JMC racers were soon well inside the top three. After 10 hours of hard racing Dave finished in 3rd place (2nd in the senior category) and Jason in 2nd (veteran category winner).

All there was left to do was a well-earned chippy tea and the small matter of the drive home….

Dave’s personal account of the race is here

on the way to the start line…