Ythan riders in weekend competition

It was another busy weekend for Ythan CC riders, writes a contributor.

The Neish Low 25 mile TT was held at Fordoun and the Scottish Criterium Championships incorporating the youth road race championships at Stirling Castle, an event aptly named Crit under the Castle.

However, the racing weekend started in earnest last Thursday when Colin Duncan travelled north to Cawdor for the Moray Firth CC 10 mile TT. Despite recording an excellent 22m 40s Duncan had to settle for seventh place behind race winner Kenny Riddle (Moray Firth RT) who scorched to a time of 21m 51s.

Sunday morning dawned at Fordoun and it was a chilly greeting for the large field that lined up for the Neish Low 25 mile TT promoted by Aberdeen Wheelers. A cool north westerly wind provided assistance on the journey south to Stracathro but also threatened to ensure a painful final 12 miles on the way home.

Despite the conditions, it was a morning of fast times with Deeside Thistle’s Phil Kelman taking the title with a time of 53m 19s with Colin Duncan again proving to be the fastest Ythan rider when he claimed eighth in a time of 57m 26s.

Mike Giles produced a great effort to break the hour for the first time with a time of 59m 47s, Malcolm Grant then rode his fastest 25TT since 2012 recording a 1hr 1m 41s while Carol Middleton completed the Ythan performances with a time of 1hr 7m 24s.