Published: 18/07/2011 08:36 - Updated: 18/07/2011 08:45

Hundreds join Lance Armstrong on cycle run from Dornoch

Lance Armstrong leads cyclists around Loch Fleet.
Lance Armstrong leads cyclists around Loch Fleet.

Two hundred cyclists joined world cycling legend Lance Armstrong in Dornoch yesterday, for a cycle run around Loch Fleet.

Fans had been alerted by a message on the social networking site Twitter and some came from as far away as Devon to join him.

The seven time winner of the Tour de France had arrived in Inverness on Friday and on Saturday described that he had been for a cycle run in Sutherland.

He said of the area: "Small roads, no cars and beautiful terrain." And yesterday he invited fellow enthusiasts to join him in Dornoch for a 30-mile loop ride around Loch Fleet.

Mr Armstrong - who has fought a very public battle with cancer - met with the cyclists at 5pm yesterday evening outside the Eagle Hotel in the town centre. Around 100 spectators also went along, resulting in a carnival atmosphere.

He said he had never been to Dornoch before or even the Highlands but thought it was "a beautiful part of the world." He intends to spend another couple of days here.

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