Oliphant is Crit King of the Campus

words: John McComisky
pics: Caroline Lukes

With a whole series of criterium racing about to kick off we thought we'd have a look back at the season-opening Crit on the Campus, a young event that is fast becoming one of the best. JMC was there and gives us his take on an excellent day of racing.

Evan Oliphant is used to spraying champagne, this time with Peter Murdoch and Fraser Martin for company

Sunday 22nd of March saw the lycra-clad great and the good of Scottish cycling converge on Stirling University campus, for the second running of the increasingly popular Crit on the Campus. The event run by the Stirling Bike Club ranks as one, if not the best, of the Scottish National Criterium events and courses.

Where most crit' courses are flat full gas corner-to-corner affairs, the Campus course takes in an undulating and sinewy slither around the link roads and car parking area of the venue, this mated with a superbly tricky downhill descent back to the sound box of the start/finish area and you have the perfect phlegm clearer of an event before the road season really stamps its pedals into gear.

With a full race card covering all the Youth classes as well as full grid events for the top Scottish and indeed British National Champions, the healthy and vocal crowd would have plenty to warm themselves with amid the biting chill of a crisp Spring Stirling day.

The elite race saw lots of action from familiar faces

The main race of the day had 2014 Premier Calendar winner, and last year's runner-up, Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh GAC) line up with the likes of David Lines (Starley Primal/Velosure), the Neon Velo duo of Peter Murdoch and Steve Lawley, and a battalion of Spokes RT teamsters, all geared up to have a crack at grabbing the event title. From the off, the full field was to come under serious early pressure from the main protagonists, and very soon the race was going to be all about the foursome of Oliphant, Lawley, Murdoch and the very impressive Fraser Martin (Spokes RT). These four had left Lines in no man’s land after missing the selection but he, along with prolific Scottish TT ace Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Cycling), were left with the task of trying to bring the break back into the hour long race.

Main bunch in hot pursuit

Towards the end of the race the main bunch swung back and forth as the 30-second lead was increased, and then simultaneously washed away, and it would be the bell lap that would prove to be the final sort out for a step on the Commonwealth Games podium that had been procured for the presentation in the main arena area. The favourites for the grab for the line had to be the Murdoch and Lawley Neon Velo pairing who had been riding stoically for the full race distance, but as spectators craned their necks for a glimpse of the lead rider exiting onto the run in to the line it was the yellow and red garb of Oliphant who blasted into view to hook up the win from Murdoch and Martin, the young charger nabbing the last spot on the podium in the final dash. Doyle, albeit 16-seconds down had to fight for the best of the bunch scraps as it continued to splinter at race end.

1 Evan Oliphant - Raleigh GAC
2 Peter Murdoch - Neon-Velo Cycling Team
3 Fraser Martin - Spokes Racing Team
4 Steven Lawley - Neon-Velo Cycling Team
5 Arthur Doyle - www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk
6 David Lines - Velosure/Starley Primal
7 Philip Trodden - The Racers
8 Andrew Scorey - Berwick Wheelers CC
9 Jordan Doig - Pedal Power RT
10 Julian Pearson - Team Moda-Anon

With the return of Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda) from her Antipodean adventures, and a clutch of Scottish International and Games talent in the shape of Charline Joiner (Team WNT), Kayleigh Brogan (Aprire Bicycles/HSS) and Louise Borthwick (Project 51) among others, Scottish Women's cycling did themselves proud by providing the biggest grid of female riders outside a British Championship or Commonwealth Games event. The 50-plus rider entries made for a great spectacle early in the race as the field stayed very much together in the early laps with Brogan doing much of the work and policing of the bunch.

Winning ways for Charlene Joiner

With no one rider seeming to want to make the break from the bunch, the speed was continually wound up tourniquet style until the top heavy group started to haemorrhage as the final five lap board was shown. The still compact group chopped down the laps, and it would be a final corner scramble to decide the winner. All hell did break lose with the final surge to the line though, with Roe, Borthwick and Brogan coming down hard, thankfully none with significant injury. This left Joiner firmly in the driving seat to blast the win from Project 51 rider Flora Gillies and the impressive Ellen McDermott (Watt Cycles) making up the podium trio.

1 Charline Joiner - Team WNT
2 Flora Gillies - Project 51
3 Ellen McDermott - Team WattCycle
4 Claire Martin - Team 22
5 Lorna Ferguson - Glasgow Green Cycle Club
6 Natalie Milne
7 Ashleigh Fraser - Deeside Thistle CC
8 Lyndsey Carson - Team Thomsons Cycles
9 Katherine Gallagher - Dundee Thistle RC
10 Laura Nicolson - Moray Firth Cycling Club

Women's race starting the wind-up...

The traditional handlebar biting class of 4th Category races certainly took a step up with two separate races to quench the thirst of a hugely popular category of racing. The racing itself was surprisingly well behaved and in both events large bunch group riding was the order of the day. Both races would come down to who was best placed in the final laps with Race 1 winner Douglas Ferguson fending off a glut of chasers to hit the line in numero uno position. Race 2 proved to be more of the same with Glasgow Green rider Richard Warnock coming out top of the heap in the very well supported class.

The phenomenon that is Craig Hardie; riders champing at the bit before the 4th Cat Race 1

1 Douglas Ferguson - Unattached
2 Paul Sharp - www.Hardie-Bikes.com
3 Stephen Collins - Pedal Power RT
4 Sean Stead - Glasgow Nightingale CC
5 Fraser Knox - Glasgow Cycle Team
6 Chris Barr - RC Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
7 Neil Muir - Royal Albert CC
8 Paul Nunn - RC Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
9 James Watson - Edinburgh RC
10 Drew Jardine - Royal Albert CC

4th Cat Race 2
1 Richard Warnock - Glasgow Green Cycle Club
2 Steven Bunting - Aberdeen Wheelers CC
3 Euan Smith - Edinburgh RC
4 Ruairi O'Driscoll - Edinburgh University CC
5 Adrian Wallis - www.Hardie-Bikes.com
6 Karl Povey - Glasgow Nightingale CC
7 Iain McTavish - Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club
8 Colin Jagla - Pedal Power RT
9 Graeme Docherty Walthew - Stirling Bike Club
10 Fraser Knox - Glasgow Cycle Team

Our intrepid reporter, JMC anxiously awaits the start of his race

With a myriad of Youth races spread throughout the early part of the programme, and in fact braving the worst of the temperatures, there were some stand-out rides during the early part of the day, none more so than the Youth A event, which saw a strong group hold together for the 30 minute race. Again, with the nature of the circuit lending itself to close racing, it would be a final charge for the line to sort out who would be podium-bound and who would be a wheel-width away. For the record Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes) made a final push for the line to take the narrowest of wins from Stephen Dent (Nevis Cycles) with Lewis Stewart (Glasgow Riderz) in third.

1 Joseph Nally - www.Hardie-Bikes.com
2 Stephen Dent - Nevis Cycles Racing Team
3 Lewis Stewart - Glasgow Riderz
4 Alexander MacRae - Glasgow Riderz
5 Richie Allen Achieve - Northside/Skinnergate
6 Danny Mulholland - Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club
7 Innes Johnston - Glasgow Riderz
8 Jonathon Hilbourne - Glasgow Riderz
9 Elliot Reed - Salt Ayre Cog Set
10 Calum Shackley - Glasgow Riderz

In amongst the boys though it's worthy of note that Stirling's Rhona Callander scored a popular local win coming out top girl in the class.

With so many classes run concurrently in the Youth events, it is always appropriate to acknowledge the efforts of a strong vein of talent that is coming through in Scottish cycling, and here are some of the youngsters who made a mark on the Campus course over the course of the day's proceedings.


Youth E
1 Rory Macnair - Stirling Bike Club
2 Neal McShane - Royal Albert CC
3 Gregor Burn - West Lothian Clarion CC

Youth D
1 Finn Mason - West Lothian Clarion CC
2 Alexander Crombie - West Lothian Clarion CC
3 Oliver Kelly - Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club
1 Isla McCutcheon - Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club
2 Heather Howie
3 Martha Cooper - Carnegie Cyclones

Youth C
1 Fraser Gault - Ythan CC
2 Murray Lawson - Edinburgh RC
3 Keir Roberts - East Kilbride Road Club
1 Imani Pereira-James - Glasgow Riderz
2 Skye Donnelly - Glasgow Riderz
3 Morven Yeoman - East Kilbride Road Club

Youth B
1 Alfred George - Discovery Junior Cycling Club
2 Jack Cruden - Glasgow Riderz
3 Hamish MacLaren - Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club
1 Abby Stewart - Glasgow Riderz
2 Eva Barnet - Edinburgh RC
3 Estelle Fuller - Edinburgh RC

For full results of every class including lap times and full race positions the information is available here in the news section of the Stirling Bike Clubs Site. http://www.stirlingbikeclub.org.uk/

Fast racing on a tight, twisting circuit that doesn't let up for a minute 

The Pressroom would like to thank Andrew Wilson, Sam Shaw and the Stirling club for assistance in compiling the report and availing themselves on the day. It is also worthy of note that these events do not happen without a huge amount of goodwill and assistance from the marshalls, sign on and volunteers that are truly the backbone of events such as these. Cycling in Scotland is going through a boom time with the format of closed roads events, and participation levels auger well for future events.

Beautiful setting for a race, with the Ochils in the background

Now would it not be nice to have an actual series that could run at different locations with willing councils, clubs and campus venues?

It certainly is food for thought.

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Frasers to the Fore in Munlochy

Women’s Scottish National RR Series
Round 2 – Munlochy

words: Ashleigh Fraser
pics: Andrew Innes

Determination as Ashleigh outsprints Chloe to take the victory in Munlochy

Last Sunday saw the second round of the Women’s Scottish Road Race Series, organised by Moray Firth CC and Dales Cycles, held in a very cold and windy Munlochy. Thirty-two girls from all over Scotland signed on to race 5 laps of the 8.6mile circuit. Due to the windy conditions and nature of the course, positioning in the bunch and tactics were going to play a very important role in this race but everyone seemed excited, smiley and up for the challenge on the start line.

Staying out of the wind was the order of the day

After the neutralised sections, which led us out of the village of Munlochy, Chloe Fraser from Team Rytger was up front and set a steady pace. Riders from Deeside Thistle CC and Moray Firth CC were also in the mix and before long a small group of two riders made a breakaway. They managed to get a decent gap but were swiftly chased down by the main bunch.

There were several breakaway attempts during the race, however it wasn’t until Chloe Fraser attacked on the final ascent through Munlochy that a breakaway managed to stick. Six other girls including myself chased down the attack and managed to work together to stay away from the main bunch until the finish. Coming round into the final straight the pace really picked up and I managed to get myself into a good position, protecting myself behind the bunch from the strong cross winds. Rounding the final corner I moved my way to the front of group and after a exhilarating bunch sprint I was super happy to take the win.

l to r: Peggy Series (Team Thomsons Cycles) took the Vets win; top team Deeside Thistle with Ashleigh, Emily Middleditch and Amanda Tweedie

Well done to Chloe Fraser who took second and Emily Middleditch from Deeside Thistle CC who took third! Chloe also managed to bag the Queen Of The Mountains prize and Lulu Bartlett took first Junior! I am also really happy to announce that Emily Middleditch, Amanda Tweedie and myself managed to win the Team Prize. Go Deeside Thistle!!

A resigned Chloe Fraser watches Ashleigh take the win on this occasion

Also massive thanks to Moray Firth CC, Dales Cycles and Scottish Cycling for organising the race and supporting the Women’s Scottish Road Race Series. These events would not be possible without your backing. I can’t wait for the next one!

Race organiser Laura Nicolson from host club Moray Firth CC grits her teeth and finishes high up the order
Stay tuned for Ashleigh next report and a look back at Round 1 from Fenwick by Peggy Series.

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SXC Round 1: Commonwealth Games Course

Sunny Day at the Braes for Round 1 SXC

words: Peggy Series and Graeme Short
pics: Graeme Short

After a warm and sunny practice on Saturday for many, race day on Sunday brought colder temperatures and a little wind. It was great to see large numbers of riders in every category and the atmosphere was festive and very friendly. SXC organisation was brilliant and everything ran very smoothly, testament to the level of commitment that the organisers bring to these events. Morven Brown in particular was superb, with her very colourful, enthusiastic and professional commentary, keeping the spectators and riders well informed.

It was inspiring for us all to be riding on the course of the Commonwealth Games 2014  — a course known for being physically and technically demanding. For those like me (Peggy) who were new to XC, the course was made accessible thanks to the 'line B options', but was still challenging.

A large field of Juveniles Males produced some very exciting racing, with Charlie Aldridge taking victory by just under a minute from Jamie Johnston, with Rory McGuire coming home 2 minutes behind making the final place on the podium.

In the Juveniles Females, leading the race out from the start was Anna McGorum who looked very strong along with Polly Henderson. Anna unfortunately succumbed to a broken chain which ended her race prematurely. Polly Henderson was then left alone to take a comfortable victory over Anna Flynn with Anna Shackley producing a strong race to finish in third.

The Youth Male category produced some exceptionally quick lap times with Conner Johnstone taking the victory by 36 seconds and in the process posting the fastest lap time of the morning race. Sean Flynn was very close second and Olli Dawson came in third.

Emily Field dominated the Youth Female race in spite of suffering a mechanical in the first lap. Megan Wilkinson was lying in 2nd place for much of the race only to be caught on the last lap by Louisa Watt.

The Junior Female race was a very close battle between Erika Allen and Ella Conolly for the top spot, with Erika producing a sprint up the last hill into the arena, winning by 5 seconds, with Zoe Nix taking the final place.

In the Senior Women, Elizabeth Adams rode to a convincing win, over Elizabeth Clayton 4 minutes back and Katherine Booth 6 minutes back.

Familiar ground for Kerry MacPhee with Lucy Grant in 2nd and Jane Barr in 3rd

The Elite Women was an exciting race due the quality of the field. This was familiar territory for Kerry MacPhee having competed on this course in the Commonwealth Games. She showed her class and produced a solo ride for a comfortable victory.  After a strong start, Lucy Grant settled into second place with Jane Barr coming 3rd.

It was fantastic to see such a big field for the GrandVet (50+), including Scottish and British champions.

Kenny Kentley is returning to XC after a solid winter of training and this showed with his strong performance taking the lead after the first lap and sustaining this to the finish in spite of a strong

challenge from Mark Barnett taking a close second place. Gregor Grant, former British champion, showed he still has what it takes to step onto a podium in 3rd place.

In the SuperVets (60+), John Shirley, former British champ at Cathkin Braes, comfortably took the victory from John Newton by just over 5 minutes, with Eddie Gronkowski taking 3rd.

Second Half

Like in the morning, there were sizeable entries for the afternoon race. All the usual suspects were there, along with a number of visitors from across the border, who were taking the opportunity to
race Scotland's top riders on this excellent commonwealth games course ahead of the upcoming National XC race this summer.

Expert/Elite Male:
A blistering start saw Stuart Wilcox, returning to XC after a lengthy absence, emerge from a cloud of dust to lead out the SXC stalwart Rob Friel. These two quickly opened a gap on a large chasing field.
However, Wilcox faded towards the end of the first lap, moving back through the field. This allowed Friel to move clear to chase down the top juniors, by his own admission pushing himself deep into the red in the process.  After heading into the second lap, he came off the gas slightly, pacing himself through to a controlled victory. English visitor James Edmond came through into a clear second, 2.55 down on Friel with Dougie Shearer taking a fine third spot after a mid race scrap with Shawn Clark.

Junior Male:
Scotland has a reputation for producing some outstanding young XC athletes, capable of mixing it up not only with the best in the UK but also on an international stage. Hot off a superb second place in a UCI cat MTB race in Banyoles, Spain Scottish cycling programme athlete Harry Johnston was the man to beat. However, the presence of two other outstanding young riders in the form of Mark McGuire and Calumn McGowan along with top English juniors was sure to produce some of the most exciting racing of the day. This was confirmed in the early laps, with Johnston and McGuire appearing first into the arena, together setting the two fastest laps of the day, very closely followed by McGowan. Unfortunately, lap two saw the usually very strong McGuire forced to retire with cramp, allowing Harry Johnston to push on to produce the most controlled and dominating display of the day, winning by a full 7 min. Behind, McGowan was having to tough it out with Miles Worer who managed to break free to take a fine second, with McGowan hanging on to finish the podium.

Vet Males:
The Vet Male race always provides a spectacle and this was no different. Coming into the first race of the season is always a bit of an unknown. However, if one thing is predictable, it is that Gary Mccrae will be on top form from the gun. This was found to be the case again. Gary took a fine victory, proving that he will be hard to get past this year. However, and in spite of a winter of very little training, Greg Walker showed he has the class to challenge Mccrae later in the season, after coming through the field in the latter stages to finish just 41 sec down on Mccrae. John Mccaffery took the final spot, in a very close battle with Paul Cooper.

Sport Males:
It was great to see a large entry for the Sport Male cat this year. The top riders in this category showed they have the lap times to step it up to the next level, which bodes very well for the future of the SXC elite male cat. Garry Cunningham rode clear to a fine victory by 2.49 from Micheal Sproul who came through to take second with very consistent lap times ahead of John Mitchell.

That's Round 1 done and dusted and it's onto Dalbeattie on 26th April…the contenders will be training furiously through the Easter break in order to keep or improve their high finishes.

Join us here at The Press Room for all the action.

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2015: Bring It On!

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Christmas Wishes

It's been a sensational year for cycle racing in Scotland, and we're very proud to have been able to bring you some of it.

Everyone at The Press Room would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our friends and followers the very happiest of Christmases and a well earned rest over the holidays.

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Ferguson Beaches the Irvine Opposition

words: John McComisky
photos: Mark McGhee

“ I have always really loved the sand sections of this course, even when I was a Junior; it's a hard event, but I really enjoy coming back to race in Scotland when my schedule allows”
                                                                               Grant Ferguson

Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Round 3: Irvine Beach Park

Scottish Cyclocross is not just about the racers pinning a number on and giving it full chunder when the gun goes; it is also the behind the scenes course preparation and organisation that make the events what they are today.

Challenging conditions but happy faces: all credit to Neil Walker and his team

In the most challenging of circumstances Neil Walker and his die-hard Walkers Cycling crew battled against every conceivable obstacle to put on what will be remembered as possibly the hardest event that many a 'cross rider can ever expect to clip-in and take a splintering, battering in the dunes and climbs of the Irvine Beach Park venue.

Riders braved the truly challenging conditions

With over 380 riders signed on and ready to battle in the most tempestuous of circumstances, Mother Nature well and truly spat the dummy out and puked rain, hail and gale force winds on all concerned for the duration of the third round of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series.

The dunes and slick off-camber sections are normally a test of strength enough for any bike rider, but the sight of racers shot out by the wind and squalor riding gamely into the gully of grimace, hunting to hold a wheel, forced some clever riding and a pack mentality that is very rare in a Cyclocross race.

Quiet man in the middle: Series leader Rab Wardell and Doonfoot winner James McCallum line up with super talent Grant Ferguson

While so many were flailing in the conditions, Scottish Cyclocross fans were treated to the oh-so-rare appearance of British Under 23 Cyclocross Champion Grant Ferguson (Brentjens), who lined up against Series hot shoe Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team), James McCallum (trainsharp.co.uk) and a glut of competitors and fancied podium riders in the shape of the gritty Stevie Halsall (VC Moulin) as well as the young guns Calum Magowan (Alpine Bikes) and Harry Johnston (Team Thomsons).

Ferguson, a World Class Mountain Bike rider, was more than happy to take to the sand and a set of curly bars to give the Series regulars a master-class in beaching the opposition in a fraught and trying race.

International rider Ferguson brought the toughest competition that Wardell has faced in the Series so far

From the get-go, he was joined by an on-form Wardell, and the pair set about ripping the backside out of the race early on.

Wardell, who was well aware that grabbing Series points would be key to his race, clung on limpet-like in the early laps until Ferguson decided to drop Wardell's anchor and ride solo in the latter part of the race, sucking up not only his pursuers, but incredibly putting a lap in to all but the remainder of the podium boys by the time the chequered came around.

Class act Steven Halsall was the only rider other than Wardell to avoid being lapped by Ferguson

Wardell rolled home in a safe second ahead of Halsall, and a spirited ride from McCallum (last week's Doonside Trofee Winner) who was one of the first to admit the boy Ferguson is simply on another level.

After the race Ferguson, despite shivering in the wind and rain gave his take on the race: 

“I would really like to take in more events (in Scotland), and on a bigger scale had hoped to ride at the World Cup in Milton Keynes, but there is no class there for me, that is a real pity. I may be able to catch a few more races up here and the odd National Trophy before the end of December; the racing up here is at a really good level now”

There was the usual ego bashing and chest puffing before the start of the Veteran Forty class, with all of the usual Series riders on-grid, as well as a welcome visit to the dunes from Kevin Ashbridge (V.C Cumbria) to add a little more seasoning to the ninety-strong field.

Start line dash for the V40's

After the usual scrap from the start, Paul McInally (Evans Cycles) managed a full-on effort early doors to lead the main riders up the zig-zag climb, before the full effect of the omnipresent, heaving storm blew the pecking order to smithereens, and soon small cluster groups were forming all the way down the order.

Border Reiver Kevin Ashbridge brought the fight to usual fast men Stephen Jackson and Gary McCrae

Stevie Jackson (Glasgow United) is well worthy of merit for taking on the race and managed to batter his way to the front of the field in the early laps pursued by the combined efforts of the Leslie Bikeshop/Bikers Boutique squadron, Messrs: McCaffery, Porco, McCrae et al. These guys, along with Colin Bain (EKRC) and an impressive Ashbridge, would soon be hurling themselves, but not any abuse, into the midfield flotsam of the race by the time that last lap bell came a-clanging.

We're getting used to this sight: Glasgow United and Leslie Bikeshop fighting it out!

McCrae was first to falter after the last climb of the day when well positioned, and was seen sadly trying to unhinge his chain as the main group of five riders continued back into the brutally boisterous headwind and along the harsh foamy scab of sand before entering the arena. At the flag Ashbridge muscled out a win from a brave Jackson, who was running on empty at the line and a welcome podium from John McCaffery.

Fighting the course and conditions: Gary McCrae and Alister Watt

The Veteran Fifty Class again saw Brenden Roe (Leslie Bikeshop/Bikers Boutique) put the boot in early on, and he gapped the 30-strong grid to fight among the dunes and along the headland for the final poduim places. Roe who is never content just racing the Veterans was soon keeping the best Juniors honest in the shape of West Lothian Clarion's Jamie Mason and Fifer Conor Nally (Hardie Bikes). Mason more than did himself justice taking his Junior first win of the year, along with Roe who has now a trio of victories to show for his efforts.

A class apart: Brenden Roe took an early lead. It helps to have a newly-signed Wiggle-Honda pro' as pit boss. Chris Duncan heading back along the headland

The very harsh nature of the race meant that there would be plenty of last gasp lunging and diving to the line as riders circulated together for much of the race, sussing out weakness and sucking in the sea haar. Closest podium of the day went to Graham McGarrity (Dooleys) who swooped in ahead of Bill Young (Leslie Bikeshop/Bikers Boutique) to grab second Veteran on the day.

Faster and faster: Isla Short takes her first Elite win ahead of Anne Ewing and Maddy Robinson 

The hardy Women of Scottish Cyclocross who were in and out of the sand parcour with the men, often had to work hard to avoid the traffic and try and set a race up for themselves. Anne Ewing (WV Breda), who admits that she doesn't like technical courses, was riding gamely with Isla Short (Team Thomsons) at the helm of the race with erstwhile stand-in commentator Maddie Robinson (VC Moulin) unable to bridge over to the duo, who played it tough in the ruts and climbs. Short was able to dispense with Ewing by race-end with Robinson a solid third. The Veteran Women class continues to hold no fear for Sian Tovey (Dooleys Cycles) who racked up her third win on the bounce from a very impressive ride from local Walkers racer Lorna Sloan.

Sian Tovey has been untouchable in the Series so far and notched up three for three

Winning races and being at the top of the heap meant little to Isla on the day however, as she dedicated her win to the unfortunate passing of one of East Kilbride Road Clubs finest, John Gordon. I am sure all of you reading this will join in offering heartfelt condolences to the Gordon family at this time.

Maddy Robinson and Anne Ewing made sure that Isla Short had to work for the win, which she then dedicated to the memory of John Gordon

Let's show our respect to John's memory in the best way possible…by turning out in droves for the mudfest that is the 'Shan on Sunday. With more bad weather forecast for the weekend the mudslide is sure to be packed with on-lookers hoping for some out-of-control sliding action. Before that, we have the ghouls and ghosts of Hallocross on Friday evening at Dalkeith. With a prize list as long as Jimmy Mach's arm there'll be hot, scary competition through the woods of Midlothian.

See you there!

Mixed fortunes but another great Ridley Scottish Cyclocross event

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