Busy time across UK for Ythan CC riders

Ythan CC riders were greeted with another spell of mixed weather as they competed across Aberdeenshire, Scotland and even in London over the past few weeks.

Victory fell to husband and wife duo Andy and Fiona Duncan in the Aberdeen and District Presentation 2 Up TT at Strachan.

In wet and windy conditions at the foot of Cairn O’Mount the Ythan duo secured a ten second victory over the Deeside Thistle male/female combo of Ian Wilson and Polly Tandy.

Zak Loney continued his first year as a junior with a fine 16th place in the Archer Spring Grand Prix, the second oldest race in England, against some very experienced riders including several ex-professionals.

Loney’s development has been based around racing on circuits and the circuit at Hillingdon proved no obstacle as he continues his progress as part of the Scottish Talent Development Squad.

Fellow junior Wojciech Kosciuszko also claimed a road race bunch finish in the Jack Murray Junior race at Dunfermline again raced off in windy conditions.

Club member David Horne showed the diversity within the Ellon outfit when he finished 4th overall in the Turriff Triathlon which also secured him1st Veteran.

The previous weekend saw horrendous racing conditions at Garlogie and in Stirling where Ythan had riders in the Spring Bunny 25TT and the Stirling 10 TT respectively. Strong gusts of winds on the Garlogie to Banchory road saw several early retirements but Bill Bavidge led the Ellon club home in a time of 1 hour 7 min 5 secs.

Fiona Duncan finished first Lady and 14th overall with a time of 23m 34s at the Royal Albert 10TT in Stirling whilst Zak Loney’s travels continued as he put in a strong performance by placing 12th in the Lake APR near Glasgow behind top Scottish roadman Gary Hand.

This weekend sees the traditional midweek race, the Massie Shield, move to a new slot on a Sunday with the Ellon to New Deer/return course being used.

The Massie is a team event with the combined times being used to award the team prize and the winding rural course always provides a tough test for those taking part.

Next Thursday (2nd May) will see the first of the 2013 Evening Road Race series witha full field of 60 riders set to line up at Tarves before taking on a tricky course that includes the descent of Shire Brae and the several ascents of Methlick Brae before finishing on the outskirts of Tarves.