Ythan riders at fore of NE races

Ythan's Donald Stewart, Andy Scouller and Chris Main chase the main bunch at the Midmar Birl.
Ythan's Donald Stewart, Andy Scouller and Chris Main chase the main bunch at the Midmar Birl.

Ythan’s Donald Stewart, Andy Scouller and Chris Main chase the main bunch at the Midmar Birl. Pic: Paula Stronach

In cool conditions, the large peloton faced 35 miles of undulating roads.

Ythan’s best rider on the night was Bill Bavidge who secured a comfortable bunch finish while Andy Scouller and Donald Stewart, both in their first year of road racing, managed to complete the event in 48th and 49th place respectively.

Further north on the same evening Ythan were also lining up a number of riders at the Inchberry 10- mile TT near Fochabers.

Colin Duncan maintained his good run of form to take sixth place in a time of 22m 47s with Tony Hay (Highland Bikes Racing Team) adding another win to his season’s tally.

Meanwhile, 54 youth cyclists from across Scotland gathered at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford for the 7th annual youth cycling races organised by Ythan Cycling Club.

The Grampian Grand Prix has become a firm fixture on the youth cycling calendar and 2015 once again saw fair weather greet the riders as they lined up for two races each to determine the overall winners.

In the U16 category Alford Academy pupil Lewis Goodlad performed well after a recent injury to place fourth behind winner Struan Pryde (Deeside Thistle) while in the U14 race, which was combined with the U16 event, Ythan took the honours with Peterhead’s Callum Cooper once again showing that his off-road skills transfer easily to the road.

The U12 race saw pre-race favourite Fraser Gault live up to his billing by taking first place ahead of Edinburgh’s Murray Lawson and his Ythan teammate Daniel Kain.

Ythan then completed a quartet of victories when Elliot Row won the U10 event and Nicol Dall secured first overall in the U8 race ending a highly successful day for the club’s QL section.

In the girls’ events, Iona Pryde won the U14 section while Erin Murphy took the win in the U12 section.

Isla Pearson was first in the U10 category followed by Fiona Cairney and Lucy McLeod in second and third respectivel.

The U8 race saw Ythan’s Melanie Rowe taking the victory ahead of Elsa Niblock and Harriet Hendry.