Seven female cyclists will take part in a 500-mile non-stop time trial across the Scottish Highlands in pursuit of Mark Beaumont’s speed record.
Former British mountain bike champion Lee Craigie is one of riders taking part, to coincide with the launch of the Adventure Syndicate – an initiative to encourage more women into cycling.
Beaumont completed the North Coast 500 route in just 38 hours in August 2015, with the challenging route taking in more than 10,000m of climing, including the daunting Bealach na Ba.
Craigie told Herald Scotland: “We feel it is time to present women in cycling in a different light. All too often, the physical appearance of a female athlete is the first thing that is considered, rather than her skill and ability.
“Less combative approaches to triumphing over challenges are rarely celebrated in the sporting world, or the world in general. It’s time these things changed.”
The record attempt will take place on the weekend of May 14-15