Anniversaries are often times to look back on past successes, but for Ythan CC the first two weeks of the cycle racing season has confirmed that the club’s 25th year will be all about looking forward.
Neil Fachie, Fiona Duncan and Lora Turnham returned from the World Paracycling Championships in Los Angeles with a realisation of the fractions that separate winning and losing. In the tandem pursuit the girls were off in the last heat and set an electrifying pace, going into the lead after 2 laps and staying there until lap 10, but they started to fade and dropped into 3rd spot. Up against Ireland in the ride for bronze, they finished 4th.
Star track sprinter Fachie returned from Los Angeles with a silver medal having narrowly failed to defend his World Kilo B title. Up against Andreas Kappes, piloted by Craig MacLean, Fachie and pilot Barney Storey lost out by only 0.099 seconds.
At the Musselburgh 3 man team time trial, the youth team of Craig Ward, Zak Loney and J Robertson recorded the fastest time for U16s with their 1hr 10m 1s effort, over a windy 24.3 mile course, securing 25th place overall.
The first weekend of the local season saw junior Wojtek Kosciuszko line up in the 65 mile Dick Londragon road race at Strachan alongside many of Scotland’s top road riders. The race started briskly but the nature of the circuit, combined with blustery conditions, meant that attacking riders found it difficult to get away from the peloton. In the final laps a successful break away was established and the winner Ben Greenwood (Vanilla Bikes) came from this group after outsprinting four other riders including top rider Gary Hand. Ythan rider Wojtek showed maturity beyond his years to finish about 6 minutes behind Greenwood.
On the same morning Ythan fielded two riders at the Corrieri Classic 10 mile time trial with Zak Loney and club stalwart Colin Allanach making the trip. Loney’s 2011 performances were clear indications of his talent and 2012 looks equally exciting as he secured a top 50 place with a time of 24m 52s. Allanach recorded an impressive time of 25m 25s to place 54th out of 99.
The first local time trial took place last Sunday (25th) when the Aberdeen and District Presentation Time Trial was held at Echt with Ythan placing Colin Duncan in 3rd Overall and Craig Ward, Zak Loney and Joel Robertson taking the top three places in the youth section.