Man of Sperrin Stories: Scott Harkins

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Man of Sperrin Stories: Scott Harkins

From the flat-lands of North Down to the Peaks of the Sperrins, Scott Harkins journey has been remarkable.

Where are you from?

How long have you been cycling?
14 years

How did you get into cycling?
I did it for motivation after beating cancer.

In 2014 I was 10 years clear and became the first person from Ireland, North or South, to enter the Tour Divide MTB race, the longest MTB race in the World, raising 6000 pounds for Marie Curie.

Are you part of a cycling club? If so who?
North Down Cycling Club

How did you hear about Man of Sperrin 2017?

What made you decide to accept the challenge?
The route

Did you train much in advance?
Not enough

How well prepared were you for the hills?
Pretty well

Did you train specifically for the Man of Sperrin route?
Yes loads of hills

What do you remember most about Man of Sperrin 2017?
Fantastic Marshalling and facilities

Are you taking part in 2018?
Yes can’t wait

What is your target?
Not to stop on Benbradagh

Any tips or advice for those thinking of taking on Man of Sperrin for the first time in 2018?
Ride some big hills

What is the best cycling related advice you have ever been given?
Ride your bike as much as you can