Pauline's Race Report - 1st May 2017

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Pauline's Race Report - 1st May 2017

Postby Carol » Mon May 01, 2017 10:43 am

than Cycle Club - Week 6
The theme of this round-up is most definitely the Arctic wind that has blasted Scotland over the last week!
A healthy contingent from Ythan made their way north to Forres over the May day weekend, taking part in the ‘Bill and Chrissie Stuart weekend’ time trials.
On Saturday 29th April Andy Duncan, Jordan Stronach and Nick Thom were greeted by extremely windy conditions for the 10 mile TT, which took them from Kinloss to Burghead and back.
Continuing his excellent run of form was Jordan Stronach, who came in second with a time of 21:23. Both Andy Duncan and Nick Thom posted very respectable times, finishing 19th and 23rd respectively. The TT was won by Jamie Davidson of Aberdeen Wheelers (20:54).
The wind did not abate for those taking part in the 25 TT on Sunday 30th, which ran on the A96 from the Elgin – Burghead junction to midway round the Forres bypass, before looping back to the Burghead junction and finishing on the Burghead road.
All riders were affected by the gusty conditions, apart from the in-form Jamie Davidson, who appeared impervious to the wind and powered his way to an impressive win, finishing 3 minutes ahead of his nearest rival. Davidson completed the course in 54:48, with former Ythan rider Colin Duncan in second (57:31) and Moray Firth rider Kenneth Riddle in third (58:47). Ythan rider Alan Smith came in 4th with a time of 58:53, and claimed the prize for 2nd on handicap. Ellon rider Keith Robertson (Granite City RT) came in 7th (59:32).
While there were no Ythan riders in the 17 mile hilly time trial, it is worth mentioning that Aberdeen Wheelers’ Jamie Davidson claimed his third win of the weekend, breaking the course record in the process.
On Saturday Thomas Gelati lined up in the Dick Longdragon race, a 118 km race following the same loop as the previous week’s Grampian Evening Road Race. Spanning 118km, the race consisted of 10 laps of the circuit taking in Strachan - Feughside Inn - the AA box on the Banchory Fettercairn road and back to Strachan. The cold and windy conditions made for a tough race, but Gelati rode well and finished in the chasing group behind the leading breakaway group.
Ythan’s rising star Daniel Kain was in action further south on Sunday, competing in the District Championship 10 mile TT on Greenock Road, Bishopton. Despite also contending with blustery conditions, Kain won the U16 race with a PB time of 22.59.
On the club run front, a number of the Ythan riders took part in the ‘7 Castles’ event, described as “a wee daunder on bikes around the back lanes and byways surrounding Alford, Aberdeenshire, taking in seven of the big hooses dotted around the Vale of Alford.” A great time was had by all.
Sunday 7th May sees 60 riders descend on Ellon for the 50 mile Ythan Road race. The demanding course will consist of six laps of a seven mile circuit comprising Kinharrachie, Ythanbank, Shire Brae and Ardlethen, followed by final 8 mile lap covering Kinharrachie, Drumwhindle, Shivas and Ythanbank, finishing at the top of the hill at Kinharrachie. Motorcycle outriders will be in attendance to help ensure that the race is completed safely.
Photo – Jordan Stronach in action in the 10 mile TT in Forres
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