Graham Hayes, stillman, is our solo rider in this year’s Caledonian Etape on Sunday May 19th. He’ll wear the new Port Charlotte colours [see Port Charlotte cycling jersey ], taking #weareislay to the 3,500 feet slopes of Schiehallion, in aid of Marie Curie. The charity provides care for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families every year.
He admits that his training has mostly consisted of riding to work, on the largely un-hilly Islay, but cites the winds on Islay as adequate resistance training. He’s on Strava [follow him @Graham Hayes], and has racked up more than 1000km recently, inclusive of his regular rides out with the Bruichladdich mini-market Sunday peloton. (This local cycling club, known, apparently, as ‘G.S. Ristorante Debbies’ features in our latest Port Charlotte film >>) In 2017 Graham completed the 300km South African Sani2C, and he did the Etape Caledonia in 2018 too, as part of the team that broke all our previous fundraising records.
This company’s cycling as a team started from the Islay-side thanks to the late, great, Carl Reavey in 2014. Carl was an anthropologist and punk rock audio engineer, who first moved to Islay from LA in the mid 1990s, in the capacity of hotelier and barman in Port Charlotte. It was in Islay that he took to cycling more seriously, becoming a committed member of the previously mentioned Sunday club, and commuting daily round Loch Indaal to his work writing and editing the Ileach newspaper and, laterly, Bruichladdich’s creative output. Keen on the outdoor life since childhood, he was a birder and photographer, and took a lively interest in the foraging activities relating to the Botanist gin. He is much missed.
Carl’s wife Jan has donated a bottle from their whisky collection to the auction we’ll be running to boost the fundraising for Marie Curie, alongside Graham’s race sponsorship. Graham will cycle the etape in Carl’s memory.
Your support is greatly appreciated. Details of the auction lots are below. You can also donate here at Graham’s just giving page. >>