Ellon triathlete shines in European championship

David Horne, a member of Ythan Cycling Club, in triathlon training.
David Horne, a member of Ythan Cycling Club, in triathlon training.

Ythan CC have shown again that it is not only in road cycling that they can secure sucess, with club member and keen triathlete Dave Horne producing a fantastic result in the European Triathlon Championships in Antalya, Turkey, in June.

Horne’s age group, 40-44 years, set off at at 7.30 and and began with a 1500m sea swim.

Horne started at the front of the group and despite taking a few knocks on the head and almost losing his goggles, his swim time of 27 mins led him out of the water in a decent position and onto the bike route, which was four laps of a very flat and fast seafront course.

The Ythan triathlete completed the bike section in 01:01:00 for the 40k before completing the final run in 40 minutes with the soaring heat slowing him from his expected target time.

Horne’s final time of 02:09:10 placed him 16th overall and with next year’s championships set to be held in Kitzbuhel, Austria, he has his sights set on securing the qualification time.

Back home and Ythan had Malcolm Grant and Bill Bavidge riding the Petrex Cup Road Race at Midmar last Thursday.

This latest round of the Aberdeen Evening Road Race Series was over 37 miles on a course taking in Echt, Mason Lodge, Dunecht and Linton.

A field of 45 set off on a balmy night from Midmar Hall and the attacking started as soon as the flag dropped with a small group breaking away on the descent towards Echt.

Grant made an early move, following pre-race favourite Martin Lonie (Dooleys Cycles) and Vel-Matti Raikkonen (Granite City RT), in purusit of the lead group but they were soon pegged back by a bunch containing strong teams from Aberdeen Wheelers and Deeside Thistle.

Bavidge, in his first road race, was holding his place comfortably at the rear of the bunch and as they passed through Garlogie, Grant again tried to bridge the gap to the breakaway group but was again pegged back.

The tailwind between Mason Lodge and Linton saw the bunch speed increase and as the field turned left onto the climb to Midmar the group split with both Grant and Bavidge becoming detached.

Bavidge managed to get into a small group and worked hard over the second lap to secure 39th place whilst Grant’s earlier efforts left him riding solo for the last lap to finish 42nd.

Petrex Cup Road Race- Midmar 1 Simon Van Bellen Aberdeen Wheelers CC; 2 Brian Widdison Moray Firth CC; 3 Martin Lonie www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk; 4 Michael Henderson Moray Firth CC; 5 Alister Watt Granite City RT; 6 Chris Pitblado Moray Firth CC; 7 Veli-Matti Raikkonen Granite City RT; 8 Tim Mackley Deeside Thistle CC; 9 Kevin Barclay TheBicycleWorks.com; 10 Lee Smith Aberdeen Wheelers CC; 39 Bill Bavidge Ythan CC; 42 Malcolm Grant Ythan CC.