Ythan cyclists ride out the storm in Ayrshire

Ythan CC's Russ Craig.
Ythan CC's Russ Craig.

Scotland’s best Cyclo-Cross riders gathered in a stormy and cloudy Irvine last Sunday for the Scottish National Cyclo-Cross Championships, writes Malcolm Grant.

The course featured the fearsome Big Dipper grassbank and the sands of Irvine beach to ensure that the field faced a true test of cross racing.

In the U14 race Ythan’s 
Callum Cooper narrowly missed a medal when he finished fourth, which was also enough to secure ninth overall in the U16/U14 combined results.

Team-mates Daniel Kain and Cameron Brown both rode well to finish 16th and 18th U14 and 43rd and 45th overall U16.

In the Vets 50+ Mike Giles showed the same consistency he has all winter by taking 27th overall and 14th in his age group.

The national title was taken by Team GB rider Grant Ferguson from David Lines and Rab Wardell who took silver and bronze respectively with Ythan’s top rider on the day being Chris Main in 28th ,followed by Russ Craig and Andy Scouller who finished 33rd and 43rd.

Away from cyclo cross, Big Tree Campervans teamed up again with Scottish Cycling and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland to run a 5-race multi-discipline autumn series aimed at 8-16 year old boys and girls.

The young riders were able to experience the thrill of downhill at Kinnoull, Perth, the exhilaration of cross-country racing at Forfar, Dundee and Glenrothes plus the burn of endurance mountain biking at Comrie. Scott Bates from Ythan CC contested four of the five races in the under-10 category.

The highlight for Scott was two timed runs over the jumps and banked turns of the fast Kinnoull downhill course. The last two races at Dundee and Glenrothes were challenging in the muddy conditions with Bates finishing ninth in the series out of thirty nine boys 
and looking forward to the youth mountain bike races in 2016.