Psigma Investment Management’s head of Scotland and North England, Tim Wishart (pictured above, left), takes the Citywire team on a bike journey around northern and western Scotland, writes Katie Gilfillan. Fortunately, he described the trip to us afterwards so we could experience it from the comfort of our office chairs. Same thing, right?
The incredible journey, spanning a whopping 440 miles, was cycled by Wishart and two friends in only six days, in aid of the Psigma Foundation, which supports a number of charities chosen by the staff. This year, their chosen charities were Wooden Spoon, which funds projects that support disadvantaged and disabled children, Action for A-T, which funds medical research working to identify a cure for immunodeficiency disease A-T (Ataxia Telangiectasia), and Stanstead Lodge Senior Club, a support organisation for elderly people.
‘The challenge seemed like a good idea after a very jolly dinner party!’ joked Wishart.
And so the idea was born. Not wanting to back down from a challenge in the cold light of day, the team travelled to Ardgay in mid-north Scotland, cycling a leisurely 35 miles north. Shifting it up a gear on day two, they travelled up and along the north westerly coast and down to Kylesku, totalling 80 miles.
They truly pushed the boundaries when they cycled an incredible 170 miles south over a two-day period down to Applecross, during which they were able to admire the breath-taking scenery. ‘The views out to the summer isles and Stac Pollaidh was the highlight of the trip,’ Wishart says. ‘It must be one of the most stunning parts of the UK.’
There is no rest for the wicked, though, as they covered another 145 miles over the final two days.
But it was not all smooth coasting downhill. ‘Cycling through 25mph head winds in non-stop rain was definitely a low point!’
If he has any advice to give to someone thinking of tackling this route, Wishart references Dory from Disney film Finding Nemo: ‘Instead of “keep on swimming, keep on swimming” it is “keep on cycling, keep on cycling”, and then eventually you get there!’
Needless to say, after this momentous trip, I am sure they were wheelie tyred (sorry!). Congratulations, guys, you deserve a big rest… until next year.