West Highland Way bike challenge

A SUPER-FIT endurance athlete is hoping to become the first person ever to cycle the West Highland Way there and back again in just a day and a half.

Only four people have ever attempted to complete the 192 mile marathon challenge.

However, cycle expert Craig Hudson says he can succeed where others failed and is confident of success.

He said: “I’m 100 per cent sure I can do it. I’ve got to the end of the 24-hour races and often felt like just going straight back and carrying on.”

Craig will cycle to Fort William and stop for ‘a wee snack’ before jumping back on his bike and heading for Milngavie.

He said: “You push your body through the night. You get a second wind and it’s just about getting past that psychological wall.”

Craig (36) has cycled the 96-mile stretch of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William many times, raising thousands of pounds for charities including Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research.

His best time is 18-and-a-half hours.

The experienced rider, who owns mountain bike tour company West Highland Wheels in Kirkintilloch, began trekking the Scottish countryside by bike 10 years ago, after a knee injury forced him to give up other sports such as running and rugby.

Craig said: “I really want to raise awareness of the West Highland Way and what it can do for tourism. It’s the main long distance route in the UK.”

He added: “I’d really like to thank all my sponsors – Scottoiler in Milngavie, Hope Tech, 2Pure energy gels and Frontier Holidays, who are also based in Milngavie. They’ve all been so supportive.”

Craig’s record-breaking attempt will take place during the first week in August.