Full of Eastern Promise

Eastern Promise Road Race

words: Sean Gordon

Ruari Yeoman outsmarted the VC Edinburgh duo of Walter Hamilton and Lewis Oliphant, on their home roads, to take the win at today’s Criterium Cycles Eastern Promise RR at Rosewell. The 18 year old dealt the killer blow after being instrumental in pulling the day’s breakaway out from the peloton.
With the pace high on laps 1 and 2, attacks were coming thick and fast, with a few serious looking breakaways brought back together by the sheer speed of the roads; long winding descents interspersed with short punchy climbs. It wasn’t until the start of the third lap that the breakaway of five - Walter Hamilton, Lewis Oliphant, Jason Roberts, Ruari Yeoman and Craig McCulloch – managed to escape.

Although the gap held firm, at only about 15 seconds, over the rolling section of the circuit it was on the descent that the experienced head and legs of Jason Roberts took hold and really did the damage pulling out over a minute on the chasing group.

After the big descent the run-in was fairly undulating and the group stayed together until about a kilometre and a half to go when Lewis Oliphant attempted to evade his breakaway companions. However Yeoman was too strong and made easy work of the finish chalking up his first win of the season.

(PS It seems our man Sean received his first DQ by crossing into on-coming traffic…allegedly. We're waiting to see the picture). Ed

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Spanish Export

Tour of the Glens

Report by Sean Gordon

A superhuman performance by Scotland’s most valuable export to Spain, Craig Wallace, saw him take the inaugural Tour of the Glens National B in Blairgowrie this past Sunday. On roads seldom used by the organisers of Scottish road races, Wallace was able to pull out nearly four minutes on his breakaway companions over the hills of Perthshire.

In a race that well suited the climbers of the Scottish peloton, an early breakaway consisting of Ruari Grant, Craig Wallace, Matthias Barnet, Kenny Riddle, Scott McCrossan, David Griffith and Rob Friel, who were later joined by Jack Barrett who bridged on his own, was the move that stuck over the 70 mile race route. Although the line-up seemed to promise a good race, Wallace had other ideas as he took off on his own to walk his second victory of the week having won the Aberdeen evening race on Thursday.

Back in the lead group, Jack Barrett was just able to edge out Scott McCrossan for second with Ruari Grant and David Griffiths rounding out the top 5. First vet and first junior were also contained in the front group with Kenny Riddle finishing in 6th for the former and Matthias Barnet finishing in 8th for the latter.

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Adventures in Aberdour

Haugh+Cross hastens in the 2015/16 Cyclocross Season

words and pics: Anthony Robson

Robinson and Lines ahead of the pack
Three years ago I suffered my very first cyclocross race, at the inaugural Haughcross event above the Silver Sands of Aberdour. The race has now become something of a traditional season opener, celebrating its fourth running in that hinterland between the summer (such as it has been this year) and the more expected wintry cross conditions. And for this year gone was the standard format of mass starts, or categorised races. Instead, riders were faced with the daunting prospect of having to race twice, with two heats taking place in the early afternoon, and the top and bottom half finishers then separated into early evening A and B finals.

Even with the races reduced to 40 minutes plus a lap (with the A final giving an extra 5 minutes of pain), this gave a feeling of trepidation to proceedings for some, not that you would have guessed it from the pace of those at the front, or even more particularly in danger of not making the split, in the heats.

Falkirk's Finest: Davie Lines, as aggressive as ever!


The first heat was viewed from the inside, but with the leaders passing me twice it was clear to see that Connor Johnstone (Leslie Bikes), the heat winner, and the world's best cycling fireman, David Lines of Velosure Starley Primal, were head and shoulders above. They took a 1m30s advantage over Matthew James (Rossendale Road Club) in third, and looked to be cruising (if the unruffled non-breath-catching “On your right” and “thanks” were anything to go by).

They were making the most of a course that looked like holding together well all day. Despite forecasts earlier in the week of the end of days, the sun was out, and a bit of a breeze was doing its best to dry out the downpours of earlier in the week (as well as providing a headwind on the inward portion of the lap to keep you honest). From the start/finish a long sweep and some wide corners then saw you pick up speed to a great downhill (the only respite on the course) which ended in a sharp corner that, with a bit of courage and faith in your tyres, could see you leaving off the brakes to power up a short climb. Nearer the sands the route became twisty, doubling back on itself with tights turns punctuated by short sprints (and one incredibly tight 180˚ bend that saw more than a few end up on the deck), as well as a single, but large, hurdle. The climb back up felt like it would break you each lap, before a long and flat grass run, with a deviation to take in a couple of low, uphill steps (with about a 50:50 spit on riding them or dismounting) before the trademark under-then-over scaffold bridge.

Stephen Jackson looking to the winter!
The second heat was all about an upcoming cyclocross star, in the shape of Neon Velo's Hugo Robinson, Jammy on the mic letting us know that at only 20 years of age he's already ridden in every major international cyclocross race. He was out on his own by almost a minute, and despite not being pushed was only a couple of seconds off the pace set by the leaders of the first heat. James Fraser-Moodie (Pedal Power) was the second man in, with Paul Carmichael (TheBicycleWorks.com) rounding out the top 3. There has to be cause for special mention of Anne Ewing (WV Breda) as well, rolling in 11th, unlapped, and the only female rider on the day to reach the A Final.

There was then a gap of some three hours for the main event riders, filled in part by some great kids races. It was heartening to see riders as young as 5 or 6 taking on a shortened course, with a mixture of both determination and enjoyment evident on their faces. In the P1-3 race Alistair Easton took the win, well ahead of the battling pair of Finn Crowther and Matthew McCleery; Anna Birrell in fourth spot taking the first girl prize. The P4-5 race was then taken by West Lothian Clarion rider Katie Galloway, sprinting away from Alexander Crombie in second, and Finlay Cooper in third, to leave the boys in her wake.

Rain or shine, the kids give it everything.


During these kids races the weather took a turn for the worse, the wind building, and squally showers falling as the under 12’s and then under 16’s battled with each other in disappointingly smaller fields, but even more disappointingly small spectator numbers, as they understandably (given many had to ride again) took to their cars, or the giant marquee. Your intrepid reporter held on to take pictures, but with the rain falling, and a non-waterproof phone in the pocket for note taking, I can merely report that some riders won, and others didn't (though it brightened up in time for an Ythan CC rider called Callum to take the chequered flag in the under 16’s). This regrettable oversight will be rectified once the results are online.

The ever-impressive Anne Ewing!
There was then some rejigging of the running order, with the B Final to take place first, presumably with a realisation that saving the fast guys in the A Final for the spectacle of the day was the best option. There was still an hour to prepare, but my legs were starting to grumble about having to saddle up again. However the sun was back out (if only to underline the bad luck of the junior riders) and as the whistle was blown once more we all settled into the familiar routine of laps of enduring. This new setup echoes experiences of other events that have put on A and B races, with people judging their own ability and experience, and whereas the heats had pockets of competitive riding, there was a clear disparity. In both the A and the B Finals, there was more of a sense of a level playing field (even if ours was sloped to the sea...) and being 'in' the race, even for those of us still occupying places towards the tail end.

This tighter nature was evidenced by the closer finishing of those at the top. In the B Final Adam Wallace of Deeside Thistle picked up the win, just 11 seconds ahead of Ron Mill (Leslie Bikes), who himself had just a second's grace over Dave Smeaton. Katie Carmichael of Hervelo came in fifth overall, and top female rider, gapping Lettie McDonald (Stirling Bike Club) by almost a minute, with Caroline Harvey nabbing third.

Riders from all over Scotland, happy to be racing 'cross again.


The A Final was a two-laps more affair (though they also had 5 minutes more) and from very early on it was clear that Hugo Robinson and David Lines were going to march away. Lap times were about 20 seconds faster than in the heats, and they exchanged the lead between them over the course of the first 8 laps, playing cat and mouse with each other. But it was on the ninth lap, as they came into view heading towards the steps, that it became clear Hugo had made the decisive move. There was a gap of about 20 metres, and while the elastic hadn't quite snapped yet, as they came through the finish line to get the bell, Robinson's face was one of calm concentration, while Lines was in full on pursuit. As they appeared again the gap hadn't increased by too much, but enough that Robinson simply had to see out the bridge with no disasters and he would roll over the line as the champion. That he did, with David Lines popping a wheelie to cross in second place, just 8 seconds down.

Vet RR Champion Graeme Cross rocking the summer Albannach kit.


Behind them the big battle was for third between Gary McCrae and Allan Clark. It was telling that McCrae's fastest lap was his last one, as he pushed Clark all the way, but in the end it just wasn't enough, with Clark taking third, and McCrae recording the same time in fourth. Anne Ewing, as the sole female rider, was clearly in top spot, and came in 18th overall.

All through the field there were battles that developed, again emphasising the competitive nature of mixing riders in terms of ability, rather than simply by age group or sex. The sun had stayed until the end, and the course had remained solid for the most part, earning its tag of summer cross. The season opener had delivered again, though the withdrawal symptoms kick in with a month's wait for the next race, a new event in Kirkcaldy, to be run at Beveridge Park by Portage Cycling. We'll see if the sun comes out on Fife once more.

*If you're wondering at all how your reporter got on, he comfortably qualified for the B Final by finishing fourth last in the heat, before actually speeding up in the final itself, and improving by 8 places. See you all in Kirkcaldy!

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(Do the...) Haughcross Hustle

New Format For Season Starter

31st July-1st August 2015

words: John McComisky
pics: Mark McGhee, Neon Velo (James McCallum & Hugo Robinson)


Crowds turn out for Dig In!

It seems surreal to be kicking up the dust and talking about the Cyclocross season at the beginning of July, but when there’s such a thirst and passion for the overflowing cup that has become Cyclocross in Scotland, and a raft of events ready to set sail from August all the way through to the end of February, now does indeed seem the most logical start-point to the season.

Summer-cross is not a new gig; it’s been kicked around in the UK and US for years, but in Scotland it’s taken a proper hold with the first few running's of the Haugh+Cross event which had tagged onto the popular Aberdour Festival.
Races getting busier all the time
With the event only a few weeks away, and entries online filling up by the day, it would be wise to throw an entry in because, like most popular cross races up here, they have a habit of selling out well before the closing date.
http://www.entrycentral.com/haughcrossfestival

The return of Haugh+Cross, brought to you by Ronde Bicycle Outfitters and META, will see a lot of changes from previous editions, the first being the format.

Cross racers up here, as well as elsewhere, have been used to the hour plus the bell lap, but event co-ordinator James McCallum (META) wanted to try something new.

“I've been looking at improving and tweaking any of the events that I am running or involved in, and the logical thing was to have two races in a day for every rider. Most cross races you turn up, ride and go home but we wanted to give the riders and the public a better experience, and with this format riders get more bang for their buck and there will be plenty track-side activities going on all day, not just for riders, but for family and friends.”

James also added: 

“We've laid the Whisky Shortcut to rest for now, but spectators and riders are in for a few surprises with the course. I like to see riders challenged and the modifications will certainly do that; you will just need to pop along on the day to see all the action unfold.”

Inventive formats like Hallocross are hugely popular
The format looks like it will definitely lend itself to the day’s proceedings, with a full day of racing from 12pm till 8pm, and the added attraction of on-site ales flowing from the Festival Marquee and locally sourced produce to tickle the tastebuds, it is certainly going to be more than just a bike race.

With this in mind, the organisers Ronde and Meta made this clear with the following comments:

“Join us for a day of highly charged Cyclocross racing and much more. Experience the cheer of the crowd, and the ring of cowbells. Spectators can enjoy racing of all abilities, from the best the UK has to offer to absolute beginners. Following the racing, a family ceilidh will take place in the Festival Marquee, entry for spectators is free but all donations towards the costs for this exceptional event will be gratefully received.”

Appetite for Instruction

Competitors who are thinking of making a weekend of it even have the option of arriving on Friday after booking a place at the Cyclocross Clinic and spending a full evening under the blazing wings of Scottish National Cyclocross Champion Rab Wardell (Dirt School) and one of the United Kingdom's top International cross racers Hugo Robinson (Neon Velo).

Expert tuition from Neon Velo's Hugo Robinson
This pairing know the sport inside out as well as upside down, so whether you are a seasoned racer in need of some portage tune up tips or a raw novice lining up for a first event, you could do a lot worse than learn from a couple of riders who have raced in World Cup, Internationals, and even competed next to the likes of Nys, Van Aert and Pauwels.

Cyclocross is one of those disciplines where technique can really make a difference, even against riders fitter and stronger than you are. Simple things like tyre pressure, and what gear to be using can all be ironed out by your cross coaches on the evening, and unlike most tutorials, the lads here will welcome and answer any questions and offer all sorts of tips and tricks from the pro rider's kit bag.

Dirt School masterclass from Rab Wardell
On the day Ronde Bicycle Outfitters, Shimano, LAZER, Genesis, Ridley and Mule Bar will be on site in the race village with a selection of merchandise, clothing and accessories to satisfy your Cross cravings and help you kick off your 2015 season.

You'll even stand a chance of winning prizes by making a racket on the evening, a great idea for stressed parents with teething babies or anyone who has no volume control for their voice.



Festival Format

  • Register at Festival Marquee (10.30am - 11.45am)     
  • 12 noon First race (qualifying) – 100 places available (First 50% to final number 1, second 50% to final 2)
  • 1.00pm Second race (qualifying) – 100 places available (First 50% to final number 1, second 50% to final 2)
  • 2.30pm and 3.30pm Children's races - FREE
  • 5.00pm Final 1
  • 6.30pm Final 2
  • 7.00pm Podium presentation.
(Times are subject to change)

Useful links: Ronde and META

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Lincoln Lessons

words: Ashleigh Fraser
pics: Andrew Innes

A first-hand account of Ash taking on the big names and the infamous Michaelgate at the British National Road Race Championships.

The last weekend of June saw the 2015 British National Championships held on the cobbled and scenic roads in and around the city of Lincoln. We travelled down on the Friday afternoon with the van packed to the gunnels and on Saturday we took the time to have a look around Lincoln, an historic city with a network of narrow cobbled streets surrounding the castle and cathedral at its centre. We could feel its history as we walked around. We did a wee recce of the course which was made up of a 30 mile large loop that started at the Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln and continued out into the surrounding countryside before looping back round into the city centre. The circuit then continued with 4.5 laps (8.5 laps for the men) of an 8-mile circuit around the city, including the legendary Michaelgate cobbled climb.

On Saturday evening we camped at a lovely, quiet campsite near Lincoln. The weather was sunny and warm and I was hoping that this would still be the case on Sunday! However, when we woke up the next morning the rain was pouring down and it was looking like the wet weather gear would be needed. Anyway we quickly packed up the van, ate our porridge and trucked on down to Race HQ, the thought of riding those wet, slippery cobbles getting ever more real.

The women’s race started at 10am and thankfully by then the rain had cleared up and the sun was just starting to peak through. Standing on the start line was quite a surreal experience for me. I ended up near the back due to a last minute comfort stop (nerves getting the better of me!) and this was definitely the place to be. All the big names were hiding at the back and with all the cameras and paparazzi on Lizzie, Hannah, Laura and many of the other cycling stars I definitely felt like a tiny fish in a very big pond!

The race started off hot out of Lincoln and my primary goal at the beginning was to get a good sheltered position near the front of the peloton … and to keep it! This proved harder than I thought as all the girls had the same idea. The peloton was very dynamic and if you weren’t careful you could get chewed up and spat out the back. As we left the city and rode down onto the long, straight A1500 we were hit with quite a strong cross wind and the bunch was strung out along the right hand side of the road. Again it was a fight to hold your position but I was starting to gain some confidence as the pace was not so hard for me to handle and I was feeling pretty comfortable in the bunch. After this long straight we then turned right onto a windy road that passed through the village of Upton. Along this road there were a few riders crashing but somehow I managed to avoid them. Your bike handling skills definitely had to be on point during this section.

After this we again turned right onto a long straight, which led back to Lincoln and with a slight descent and a big bunch we were flying! During this section there were a few attacks and the pace of the peloton speeded up quite a bit. At one point I was dropped from the main bunch along with a few other girls but we got organised, developed a good rhythm and worked hard to get back to the lead group.

Heading back into Lincoln my aim was to move up to the front of the peloton as I knew there was a pinch-point at the start of Michaelgate and we’d be jostling for position. I managed to work my way forwards to about 15th position when we hit the climb but half way up I got caught up in a crash as a rider in front of me caught her pedal on the kerb. My heart was racing at this point as the noise of the fans was insane; they were shouting, ringing bells and thumping on the barriers but I was slowly falling further and further back as I couldn’t get my feet clipped back in. One of the spectators ran in, held my bike for me as I literally jumped back on, and gave me a big push up to get me going again.

By this point I had fallen quite far back and was struggling to catch back onto the main bunch. I continued to chase on my own for the next lap but unfortunately I had fallen too far back and was ‘black flagged’ (pulled out of the race). Although it was disappointing not getting to finish the race I wasn’t too disheartened, the whole experience of racing against some of the best cyclists in the world as well as getting the opportunity to experience the crowds and atmosphere of the National Champs was unreal – it has left me hungry for more!

Thanks to my parents for taking me to all the races and helping make this exciting journey happen, and of course to my coach Tim Mackley (@VelocitaCoach) for his guidance and support throughout.

Thanks to Ashleigh and Andrew for this excellent and personal report on the next stage of Ash's route to the top. Stay tuned for more! (editor)

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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.

Result:
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.

Result:
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


Results:
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.

Result:
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.

Results:

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
GIRLS
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
GIRLS
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
GIRLS
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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