Day 03, 26th July – Mull

On day 3 of Mark Beaumont's Wild About Argyll adventure, he headed to Mull and cycled the Mull Sportive route from Craignure. He checked out beautiful Calgary Bay and spotted Mull's iconic white-tailed eagles.

Here's Mark's day 3 blog:

'After a very late finish on day 2 it was up and out for an anti-clockwise loop of the annual 87-mile Mull Sportive route. I was joined by the aforementioned Rob Wainwright, an old friend, Graeme Brown and local club rider Brian Macleod. To warm up we had a 22-mile team time trial to Tobermory, which certainly got the legs burning and the heart pumping.

After some filming in front of the brightly painted waterfront we rode on, into the hills. All was going smoothly and a tad steadier until I hit the brakes hard into a tight left hander and I hit the tarmac before I could even think what had happened. Maybe a greasy wet road, but also some over enthusiastic descending and it was comical to watch the four of us descending timidly for the next while. My left hip, forearm and finger took the road rash, but I carried on with dented pride but no real harm done.

 

There was no time to stop for lunch as we raced around in time for the CalMac ferry back to Oban. But I did stop briefly to meet some of the great team at Mull Eagle Watch run by the RSPB. After a mainly dry day we did have a very wet finale, but that didn't detract from this stunning route, a real treasure for road cyclists.

Arriving in Oban I dashed straight to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Food From Argyll take-away and cafe in the Oban Pier. This is a great success for so many local producers and sampling the wares was the perfect recovery from another tough but enjoyable day’s adventures!'