A Kirriemuir cyclist blazed the trail at the weekend at the hugely popular Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia by crossing the line first in the women’s race and setting a new course record.
Ingrid Kidd (38), was the first lady home at the UK’s premier closed road cycling sportive, overtaking the efforts of cycling legend and Tour de France TV presenter Chris Boardman, who lined up alongside 5,250 cyclists for the 81-mile ride.
The mum of four from Westmuir, crossed the finish line in three hours, 41 minutes and one second, knocking a comfortable four minutes 40 seconds off the top time set by Ashley Pearson in 2013 – and taking eight minutes and 42 seconds off Boardman’s time of three hours 49 minutes 43 seconds.
Ingrid, a part-time vet with Kidd Veterinary Services in Forfar, said: “I am delighted with this result, I was actually being really careful on the way round as I came off my bike last year, so I am amazed that I not only set a new record but finished in a really decent time. Fantastic event.”
Eight weeks before the 2014 Tour de France starts in Yorkshire, Boardman – who has two Olympic medals to his name – also tackled the 81-mile closed road cycling event, which starts and finishes in Pitlochry.
It is widely regarded as one of the most stunning in the UK, and gives cyclists a chance to ride in pelotons on safe, closed roads.
James Robinson, managing director at IMG Challenger World, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how well the eighth edition of Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia went this weekend.
“The event continues to be immensely popular amongst cyclists from all over the world, and you can see why with the stunning scenery on the route and the festival atmosphere at the finish line in Pitlochry.
“It was fantastic to see a cycling legend like Chris Boardman enjoying the unique opportunity to ride on traffic-free roads and I’m sure other cyclists relished the opportunity to speak with him during the course of the day.”
Marie Curie Cancer Care is the official charity partner of the Etape Series.
Fabian French, Marie Curie Cancer Care director of fundraising, said: “Marie Curie Cancer Care is delighted to be the charity partner for the Etape Series for the third time. We are grateful to all the riders who conquered the Etape challenges over the last two years and fund-raised for us.
“So far, they have raised a fantastic £860,000, which has helped Marie Curie provide 43,000 hours of free nursing care.”