Ythan CC’s Fraser Gault is fast becoming the rider to beat at U12 level in Scotland as the Oldmeldrum youth scorched to another victory, this time at the West of Scotland Cycling Association criterium at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park last Thursday.
Gault led from the front until the end of the third lap when he broke away and rode to a comfortable solo victory that also saw him move into the series leader’s jersey.
This weekend will see the running of one of Ythan’s leading events, The Grampian Grand Prix at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.
The race which, since its inception in 2009, has featured some of Scotland’s most talented youth riders, many of whom are now plying their trade abroad as elite cyclists or within the UK scene as part of various race teams.
Ythan will be well represented in all of the age groups with Fraser Gault the clear favourite in the U12 race while established mountain bike rider Callum Cooper will also be a strong presence in the U14 race.
Hometown rider Lewis Goodlad will be hoping he has recovered from a training spill that caused him to injure his shoulder when he lines up for the U16 event while the younger age groups in the U8 and U10 races both have good-sized fields taking part.
The races get underway at 10am. This year’s event also has an innovative Go Ride event at lunchtime, aimed at allowing primary school children the chance to experience riding round the circuit at the musuem as a introduction to actual racing.
The museum will be open to entrants and families at a reduced fee with the event running in a ‘stage race’ format with two races of identical time/laps for each entrant followed by medal ceremonies after each afternoon race.
Entry details for the Go Ride event can be found on the British Cycling website https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/128642/Grampian-Grand-Prix-Youth-Races#entry