TWO brave cyclists from Stirling have recently joined a team in a charity challenge.

Elspeth Kirkpatrick and David Whyte took part in a rugged 104mile challenge to support the National Deaf Children's Society.

They pedalled for the good cause on Sunday, August 16, starting a circular route at 7am outside Stirling Castle to later take in Crieff, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Killin and Callander before finishing at Stirling Old Bridge at 8pm.

The duo were joined by Scott Brown, John MacKenzie and Harry Syme from Edinburgh along with their support team of Alexis Barbour, Chevonne McConnel, Holly Nesvat and Michael Rutherford.

David, who hopes to raise in excess of £2,000 for the good cause, said: “What a fantastic day with the best crew anyone could ask for.

“Four teams around the country were raising money for the National Deaf Children’s Society and I’m incredibly proud to be part of the Stirling team. This one goes down as one of my best days.

“Not only did we have a great crew but a big shout out to Scott Brown who, up until six weeks ago, didn’t even own a bike.

“It shows that with will and determination, you can achieve great things when the opportunity arises.”

David, Scott and all of the support team work in the Edinburgh office of business software company The Access Group, which has chosen the National Deaf Children’s Society as its charity of the year for 2020.

They originally hoped to enter the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100, but when it was cancelled, they decided to devise a challenge of their own.

David added: “I’m overwhelmed with all the teams’ drive and commitment, bringing in £1,500 so far for something that means the world to every one of us and The Access Group.

“Well done team and a huge thank you to all who have donated and supported us round this incredibly challenging route.”