Busy week for cyclists

Ythan CC's Fraser Gault leads the field in Dumfries.
Ythan CC's Fraser Gault leads the field in Dumfries.

The past week has been another busy one for Ythan CC with the club hosting a round of the North East Region Road Race Series at Tarves.

Last Thursday’s road race took place on the tried and tested Haddo, Kinaccharie, Ythanbank, Methlick loop with a 60-rider field facing two laps of the 16-mile circuit.

With a headwind from the west, the initial five miles were raced off at a fast pace but this was soon tempered as they turned into the breeze and headed towards Methlick.

The peleton was soon stretched on the climb out of Methlick and as the race passed Haddo a group managed to break clear and by the time they turned west towards Ythanbank they had established a gap of 50 seconds.

The breakaway was working well although a touch of wheels near Raxton saw Jason Weayle (Aberdeen Wheelers) and Roman Bardzik (Bulevo) hit the tarmac in spectacular style with both ending their race at that point with minor injuries. The remaining riders ascended Methlick Brae for the second time and remained together until the slight rise up from Formartine’s where Neil Scott (Dundee Thistle) and Geoff Comley (Elgin CC) managed to gain a small advantage.

Scott and Comley held this gap and contested the finish with the Elgin rider taking a win. Local rider Zak Loney (Team LFH) launched an explosive final attack in the finishing straight to claim his second third place of the week.

Ythan’s Russell Craig, Alan Smith and Andy Duncan all finished comfortably in the bunch with the club’s other riders succumbing to the fast pace and windy conditions.

The past weekend saw Colin Duncan cement his position as the club’s strongest rider against the clock with two good rides at the Forres race weekend.

Saturday saw the Inverurie rider overcome a mechanical issue to finish 6th in the 10-mile TT with a time of 23m 27s with his team-mates Chris Cooper and Karolyn Brown securing 12th and 24th respectively.

Brown claimed the prize for first lady whilst Duncan returned north the following morning to race the 25TT in dismal weather conditions but he again rode well to finish 5th in a time of 58m 44s.

Further south youth riders Callum Cooper and Fraser Gault continued their winning ways in Fife and Dumfries respectively.

Cooper produced an immaculate performance at the Kingdom Crits MTB race breaking away early in the race and leaving the Peterhead Academy pupil with a clear and comfortable win

Gault claimed another first place in the U12 section at the Dumfries Youth Criterium ensuring that he held his overall lead in the Scottish youth series with four races to go.

Gault’s latest win followed a stellar performance during the previous weekend at the Screentek International North West Youth Tour in Lancaster.