Ythan CC riders show impressive form in recent events

Ythan CC's Alan Smith in action on the climb near Woodend.
Ythan CC's Alan Smith in action on the climb near Woodend.

Ythan CC recently had two representatives at the Dundee Wheelers ten mile TT, which was held on a superb course on the new Arbroath road, writes a correspondent.

Carol Middleton picked up the prize for second lady with a time 26.45 while Mike Giles produced one of his fastest times of the year with a 23.25.

The overall winner was Deeside Thistle’s John Enwhistle with a time of 20.50 and as the local time trial revelation of the year, it was no surprise when Entwhistle recorded another victory last Sunday at the Glegg Trophy at Garlogie.

A burst water main on a section of the course near Raemoir meant that the final 25 mile TT of the season was quickly amended to a ten-mile TT on the Garlogie- Echt- Garlogie course and Entwhistle wasted no time in taking the win with an impressive sub 22 minute time.

Ythan’s Colin Duncan finished well with a low 23 minute time with Malcolm Grant missing out on a sub 25 minute time to finish his season after a car blocked his path at the halfway turn.

Last Thursday saw the latest round of the local road race series at Fetternear with the 57-man field facing four laps of a circuit that took in Burnhervie, Clachie and the Woodend climb from the Bennachie Centre to Blairdaff before returning to the start.

The climb to Blairdaff was to prove crucial and on the first ascent it was Spanish-based rider Craig Wallace (Infisport-Alvanet), who hails from Aberdeen, who made his move and smoothly opened a gap on the peloton.

Wallace pushed on and by the start of the second lap he had a comfortable lead over the peloton which had largely stayed together.

But by lap three the peloton had been whittled down leaving a small chasing group to pursue Wallace.

Ythan’s Alan Smith had done well to stay in touch during the first two laps but the third ascent saw him distanced from the main group while his teammates Chris Main and Robbie Brown had suffered the same fate earlier in the race.

Wallace rode on for a comfortable win with all of the Ythan riders putting in solid performances to finish a race that had been ridden flat out from the start.

This Sunday sees one of the blue riband events of Scottish Cycling visit the North -east when the National 100 mile TT Championships take place at Fordoun.