Ythan Cycle Club: Time Trials and Tribulations

Andy Scouller in action in the Edinvale Hilly TT
Andy Scouller in action in the Edinvale Hilly TT

A total of 15 riders competed on the 10 mile Ardlethen course, heading from Auchterellon to beyond the Haddo House entrance and back.

The times of the top five riders were: Alan Smith 23:27, Daryll Jackson 25:34, Steve Rae 25:44

Scott Gray 25:46, Steve, McBain 27:25.

First female was Kath Thomson with a time of 28:50. First junior was Mac Leven, with a time of 39:26.

The next Confined TT is on Tuesday, August 8, and is on the same 10 mile course.

On Saturday, July 29, three Ythan riders headed north for the time trials at Forres.

In the morning Andy Scouller (Cruden Bay) and Nick Thom lined up in the 10m TT on a flat course starting near the Kinloss air base, heading out towards Burghead before doubling back to finish near the start.

Andy posted a personal best time of 24:41, which was even more impressive as he competed on a road bike rather than a time trial bike.

Nick Thom completed the course with a season’s best time of 25:09.

Aberdeen Wheelers rider Jamie Davidson came first, posting a course record (and personal best time) of 20:44.

In the afternoon Andy Scouller was joined on the start line by fellow Ythan rider Alan Smith, to tackle the hilly course in the beautiful countryside around Pluscarden Abbey.

Andy would continue his form in the afternoon claiming the prize for first rider on handicap with a time of 1:08:54.

Alan Smith was not so lucky, and did not finish, suffering a puncture only 4km from the end, with split times placing him in the top five at the time.

Jamie Davidson continued to demonstrate his form by breaking the course record with a time of 55:52.

Elsewhere, Daniel Kain lined up in the youth Omnium and continued his excellent form, taking first place in both the scratch race and elimination race, before coming second in the tempo race.

In his final race Kain set off at great speed, but his foot disengaged from his pedal causing his bike to wobble and lose grip on the front wheel.

The resulting crash forced Kain to withdraw, but fortunately a trip to Ninewells confirmed there was no lasting damage.

Everyone hopes that Daniel will be able to come back for the next race weekend.

Colpy rider Tom Gelati headed south for the 130km race, which was billed as being ‘not for the faint hearted’.

The race was described as eight lung-busting laps of the Cowie circuit, before finishing on the summit of the ‘Col de M9’.

Tom continued the run of bad luck suffered by his Ythan team-mates, by hitting a pot-hole on the first lap and breaking his wheel.

So to conclude this week’s round up, congratulations to Daniel Kain and both Andy Scouller and Nick Thom for their personal best efforts, and for succeeding in finishing their races.

In other news, British Cycling coach Paul Winter has kindly agreed to offer a number of training sessions for female cyclists of all abilities.

The training sessions, to which all are welcome, are to be held on the following days:

Monday, August 7 (Ellon Campus 6.30-7.30pm by Paul Winter), Monday, August 14 (Ellon Campus 6.30-7.30pm by Paul Winter), Monday, August 21 (Shire Brae Ythanbank 6.30pm by Paul Winter), and Monday, August 28 (Shire Brae Ythanbank 6.30pm by Paul Winter).