Remarkably, a year has passed since the 2017 Loch Ness Etape and last month it was time to do it all again. A 66-mile cycling sportive along the banks of Loch Ness and back to our home town via the infamous Fort Augustus monster hill.
On the banks of Loch Ness, 2km from the small village of Drumnadrochit, lies the remains of Urquhart Castle. A medieval landmark with dramatic scenes that photographers dream about (you might just need to wait a while for the visitors to clear out of the way!).
'Let's sign up for the Etape', I said, back in the summer of 2016. I had loads of time to train... Fast forward to March 2017: a house move, job relocation and time moving faster than the speed of light meant that the odd spinning class and last minute weekend ride would have to suffice.