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NC500 record hopeful pedals on, but follow-on vehicle turns back after accident blocks tourism route

By Caroline McMorran

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An accident on the NC500 has had an impact on the ongoing attempt to beat the record for the fastest time round the tourism route on a bike.

Robbie Mitchell near Stoer Hall earlier today. Picture: Mark Mackenzie.
Robbie Mitchell near Stoer Hall earlier today. Picture: Mark Mackenzie.

Cyclist Robbie Mitchell set off from Inverness at midnight and is attempting to beat the record of 31 hours, 19 minutes and eight seconds set by Josh Quigley last year.

Mr Mitchell (40) is being monitored by the World Ultra Cycling Association and was being followed by an official vehicle.

However supporters have reported that the cyclist, who is raising money for the Edinburgh Sutherland Association, came up against a caravan blocking the road between Drumbeg and Nedd.

Association president Andrew Mackenzie told the Northern Times: “Robbie was able to get past the caravan and continued on, but his support team had to turn back for the Lochinver/Skiag junction. They are hoping to catch up with him."

RELATED: NC500 cycle record challenger left Highland capital at midnight and is now racing through north west Sutherland.

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