The Mike-Avalanche 300

Hi my name is Scott and last year my friend and work colleague Mike Scott sadly lost his battle with cancer. In January 2019 Mike was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of stomach cancer caused by asbestos. He was only given 6-8 months to live.

Mike was a keen mountain biker and he and I used to ride socially and race together over the past 6 or 7 years. Over the last 3 years Mike had competed in the MacAvalanche mountain bike enduro race at Glencoe. This was one of his favourite races and loved taking part in it. He even managed to compete in last years race whilst undergoing Chemotherapy. Ably assisted by our friend and work colleague Euan, Mike managed 2 of the 3 gruelling stages on the mountain and in typical Mike fashion was disappointed in himself that he wasn’t able to complete the race. His illlness had got the better of him that day, but only a few days later Mike had to get a blood transfusion and the doctor said his levels were so low they were surprised he could walk let alone take part in a mtb race. Mike being Mike his attitude was, if he had had the blood transfusion before the race then he would have finished it!

This year me and a few of my friends have decided to race at the MacAvalanche in memory of Mike. On top of that I have decided that I will be cycling the 300 miles to and from the race to raise funds for two very special causes which greatly helped Mike and his family over the last year or so.

The two organisations are The Borders Macmillan cancer support and the Margaret Kerr unit at the Borders General Hospital.

The Nitty Gritty Stuff!

Friday 24th April: 

– Leave Brown Brothers, Peebles (where Mike worked)

– Cycle roughly 12 hours 5 minutes and 143 miles North West to the Glencoe Mountain Resort, the site of the legendary MacAvalanche.

– Bed

Saturday 25th April:

– Joined by more work colleagues and friends of Mike to “compete” in the Enduro race MacAvalanche.

– Cycle roughly 5 hours and 15 miles up and down a hill (+5 miles to and from the race)

– Bed, and maybe a beer (or 5!!!)

Sunday 26th April:

– Leave Glencoe Mountain Resort 

– Cycle roughly 11 hours 32 minutes and 137 miles South East back home to Peebles.

– Bed 

Monday 27th April


Can you help Scott?  Please donate by clicking link below #loveborders #liveborders

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