Other Biopics

Ishbel Dunn

Ishbel lives in Oyne over near Insch and has done so for some 20 years now, she has three kids; Kevin who is 21 and now lives in Aberdeen, Stuart is 18 and is waiting to go off to University in Glasgow and Krystyna is 13 and currently at The Gordon Schools, Huntly. Her husband Gerry works in the oil industry and is currently working between Aberdeen and Norway. From this you will know she is no teeny bopper (her words). She works as a spinning and bodypump instructor at Ocean Fitness in Old Meldrum and would be only to happy to put you through your paces as the winter draws in and road riding is restricted.

Ishbel has not competed for a few years now but is hoping to make a comeback some time this season if she gets the bike out the shed. She hopes to catch up with you all soon.

Nick Hyatt

Nick’s been a mountain biker off and on since they appeared first in the UK; though decidedly “off” for the last 10 or so years. Participating in last year’s Inverurie Bike Ride rekindled his interest in biking, and the chance to get a bike through his employer’s Cycle 2 Work scheme saw him pick up, in March, his first drop handlebar bike in 29 years! The mathematically minded of you can now start to work out how ancient he is!

Signing up for the Etape Caledonia in Perthshire (or should that be the ‘eTack Caledonia’) gave him a target to work towards as, prior to this year, the furthest he’d ever ridden in a day was 48 miles.

An urgent milk errand to the Mace shop one Tuesday evening in April was where he saw the club’s flagstaff, after which he joined in a number of the Sunday rides.

Having been away from biking (and just about any other form of physical exercise) for 10 years, he is successfully trying to get fit and lose some weight. Out on regular rides with the club he will start to show some improvement soon although he is no slouch on the hills already.

John Dougan

Got my first decent bike in 1978 to escape Paisley and discovered Scotland's amazing west coast including first trip over the Bealach to Applecross - I was hooked. Started touring, then a bit of racing in Paisley before moving to Aberdeen in 1982 and doing time trials and road racing. Got into mountain biking right at the start and won first Scottish championship in Aberfeldy in about 1988. Andrew Davies from Edinburgh actually crossed the line first but was disqualified for some vague reason but the prize was mine!

In 1991 I got a bad knee injury and I thought it was all over as after about 25 miles cycling became unbearable. I kept up with the magazines though and when the first Bealach was announced in 2006, I thought I've got to do it! Bought some Speedplay pedals which miraculously seemed to prevent the knee problems and started training. Did about 5hrs 13 mins in my first and have steadily improved since although I feel like I've got to a point where I won't get much better but want to now manage the decline in an enjoyable manner! Enjoy sportives like the Etape Caledonia, Bealach and Ken Laidlaw, club runs, mountain biking and foreign training camps. Hope I can keep going until the very end....

Simon Crook

Many of you will remember Simon from when he was a youngster at Ythan in the last century:

After an 18 year gap of being in the Ythan CC I needed to get fit again so I could keep up with my 4.5 year old daughter (Millie) and 2.5 year old son (Harris). I bought a new mountain bike back in June '09 and got hooked on cycling, so much so that within a couple of weeks a shiny new road racing bike was duly purchased to coincide with this years Tour De France. My wife (Kirsty) thought it was just a whim, but many hundreds of miles later I've got my old racing drive back and can't wait to get involved in club runs, road racing, sportives and some winter mountain biking. Being a planning engineer in the oil and gas industry I am already planning my goals for next year and more importantly more bikes and equipment...much to the joy of Kirsty.

I look forward to meeting old and new club members during the winter months.

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