Youth rider Matthew Smith was in action at the Ignite 2019 Crit on Saturday 14th September, held on a closed road circuit within the grounds of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Cambuslang.
Smith put in a sterling performance in the U12 race and finished in 7th place in the boys’ race.
Archie Speed Memorial Grand Prix de Gentlemen
On Sunday 15th, Ythan rider Alan Smith teamed up with Aberdeen Wheelers youth rider Fraser Gault to compete for the Scottish Veteran TT Association Boomerang Trophy. The format was a 2-man team time trial, with the final result being based on the time that the veteran rider crossed the line.
The course was a non-standard distance of approximately 16 miles, starting and finishing in Falkland, near to the entrance to Falkland Palace. The course saw riders start with a tough uphill stretch for 3km, before turning left at the New Inn Roundabout for a fast downhill section through Freuchie and onwards along the A92 towards Melville Lodges roundabout.
As the riders turned left and made their way along the A914 through Auchtermuchty, they were faced with a stiff headwind. With only 1 km to go, the pair got stuck behind a truck, losing them valuable seconds. Nonetheless they still managed to finish in an excellent 3rd place overall, with a time of 35:54, behind team RT23 (35:07) and Dundee Thistle (35:22).
The result was even more impressive considering former Ythan QL rider, Fraser, was riding on restricted gearing.
Edinburgh RC Inch Park CX
On Sunday 15th, youth rider Robert Smart was in action in his first ever cyclocross race. Having only attended one cyclocross training session, Robert put in a strong performance to finish in 17th place, gaining valuable experience in the process.