Ythan Cycle Club Week 33 report – Dig in and Rock on

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Ladies coaching sessions

A group of 17 hardy souls braved monsoon conditions on the evening of Monday, August 7, to take part in the first of a series of ladies coaching sessions led by British Cycling coach, Paul Winter.

Paul put everyone at their ease from the outset, explaining the format the sessions would take, and the skills that he would be teaching, incrementally, throughout the block.

Monday’s session saw participants working on the basics of braking, cornering and gear changes.

Everyone found the session extremely productive and enjoyable, despite the ‘character-building’ weather

Further sessions are as follows. All are welcome, with a £2 fee payable. All proceeds will go towards the QLs:

Monday 14th August - Ellon Campus 6.30pm - 7.30 pm by Paul Winter.

Monday 21th August - Shire Brae Ythanbank 6.30pm Paul Winter.

Monday 28th August - Shire Brae Ythanbank 6.30pm Paul Winter.

Confined TT

The ten-mile Ardlethen course was tackled by 18 riders last week.

With cross-winds affecting both the outward and inward legs, fast times were not expected.

However, more than half of the riders posted personal best times on the course.

The times of the top five riders were: Alan Smith 22.44 PB, Daryl Jackson 24.49 PB, Scot Gray 24.52 PB, Craig Ward 25.27, Steve Rae 25.47 .

First female was Kath Thomson with a time of 29:18.

First junior was Mac Leven, with a PB time of 37:21, two minutes faster than his previous time.

The next Confined TT is on Tuesday, August 23.

Kames Youth Criterium, Muirkirk

Further south in Muirkirk, East Ayrshire, Daniel Kain was the winner of the U14 Youth Criterium. Kain attacked from the start, and was only 22 seconds away from lapping the group, completing the race with an impressive average speed of over 24 mph.

Road Race 9 of the Grampian

Evening Road Race Series

Hosted by Ythan, and extremely well organised by Ythan CC member Mark Straker, this would prove to be one of the highlights of the evening road race series.

The race covered five laps of the Kinharrachie, Ythanbank and Shire Brae loop, followed by a final lap taking in Drumwhindle, Chivas, Ythanbank, before culminating in a hill top finish at the top of Kinharrachie.

The 48 riders set off on a beautiful warm and sunny evening from the Ellon Academy Community Campus, and were neutralised through the town centre towards Ythanbank until it was safe for the commissaire to start the race.

As the flag dropped, the race picked up a quick pace from the off. A breakaway led by Ythan rider Malcolm Grant formed before the peloton reached Ythanbank and the first ascent of Shire Brae.

After lap 1 the breakaway had a lead of 15 seconds, and by the end of lap 2 had extended this to 40 seconds.

However on lap 3, the peloton, which was being driven by Ythan riders Tom Gelati and Alan Smith, had pulled the gap back to 16 seconds.

Lap 4 and 5 would continue at a very fast pace with Alan Smith dropping out of the peloton on the 5th ascent of Shire Brae, having miscalculated his fuelling strategy and subsequently running out of energy.

Tom Gelati continued to drive the peloton forward and as the race passed through the countryside around Drumwhindle, the breakaway was caught leading to an exciting group sprint for the finish.

Deeside rider Seán Óg Ó Dubhshláine won the sprint from Derbyshire based Claycross road team rider, Martin Lonie.

Ythanites Tom Gelati finished in 6th place, while Jonathan Cordiner finished in 32nd place.