July 27th 2017

Reservists enjoy cycling challenge in France

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The RLC mountain biking group

Two members of 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron have joined fellow members of the 158 Royal Logistic Corps in its own cycling tour in France.

Exercise Helevita Ride was a joint road and mountain bike exercise in Morzine, France with 20 members taking part from each discipline.

The road bikes where to cover more than 300 miles during the exercise and climb more than 35,000ft over iconic climbs like the Col De Colombiere and the Col Des Aravis in possibly the most scenic part of France.

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In the mountains

The mountain bikes where riding in the region of Morzine, Le Gets and even into Switzerland in an area considered to provide the best mountain bike riding in Europe.

On tracks of varying difficulty, bikers completed around 23 miles downhill riding per day.

The aim of the week was to develop the RLC cycling squad through competitive focused rides that were designed to improve stamina and speed.

Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Jase McKinnon and Lance Corporal (LCpl) Kevin Smith from 160 Squadron had volunteered after completing a training week, Exercise Log Ride, which took place in Capel Curig, Wales.

Coming down

Coming down

WO1 McKinnon said: “I’ve been cycling for about six years including in places like Troodos in Cyprus, but this week was to top all I’ve done before and the views where amazing. During our rest day we also had the great opportunity of seeing stage 17 of the Tour de France.”

LCpl Smith said: “I have been mountain biking since the age of 10 and I have had the opportunity to ride in some amazing places. Morzine has to be at the top of all places

“It was great to see such a wide range of capabilities taking part in the week and you could see them all progress their skills.”