Good results for Ythan CC members

Andrew Leith taking 3rd place on the podium at Kincraig
Andrew Leith taking 3rd place on the podium at Kincraig

Here is the week 37 report from Ythan CC.

Confined 10mTT

The sun shone on the last confined of the season. The times for the three fastest riders were recorded as: Jordan Stronach 22:48, Lee Smith 23:54, Alan Smith 23:56.

Kath Thomson was the fastest female, and finished in 6 th place with a time of 27:55. Mac Leven was fastest junior with a time of 37:26.

National Youth CTT final

Saturday 9 th September saw Daniel Kain coming second in the U14 race at the National Youth CTT final in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire. He finished with a time of 23.01, and completed the course with an average speed of 26 mph.

This superb result leaves Kain in the enviable position of leading the Scottish Series, and in need of one more win in Kilmarnock to be crowned Scottish Champion.

Cairngorm Race Weekend

Cairngorm Cycle Club hosted five events over the weekend, with Saturday featuring the Cairngorm hill-climb time trial, and the non- standard 14m (22km) Mackie Trophy time trial.

Alan Smith of Ythan lined up in the Mackie Trophy.

Despite being held up by a procession of wedding cars at the Kincraig bridge, and mounting a verge after taking a corner too fast, Smith managed to secure 8 th place with a time of 32:30, behind joint winners Kenny Riddle of Moray Firth CC and Gordon Murdoch of Icarus racing, who finished in 31:32.

Smith also lined up on the 10m TT on Sunday morning, an out-and- back course starting and finishing at Kincraig with a turn at Kingussie. Smith was one of the fastest riders on the outward leg to the Kingussie A9 bridge, but immediately after the turn disaster struck when his chain jumped and stuck in his frame, locking his back wheel. He still finished in 11 th place with a very respectable time of 22:54.

Andy Scouller and Andrew Leith lined up in the Australian pursuit road race (APR), a handicapped road race where the riders are set off in small groups, so that, theoretically, slower riders get a head start on the faster riders.

The riders assembled at the Highland Wildlife Centre in wet and windy conditions and were set off in four groups, two minutes apart, in the direction of Kingussie. They returned to Kincraig via the Ruthven Barracks, after two loops of the circuit. The race proved to be fast from the off with a four-man breakaway group including Ythan CC coach PJ Barron leading the charge from group 1.

Group 2 caught the remnants of group 1 after half a lap, and continued to chase down the breakaway, catching them at Kingussie.

The scratch group had also caught group 3 during the first lap and continued to chase down the peloton. Oldmeldrum rider Andrew Leith secured an excellent 3 rd place, crossing the line at the same time as the Deeside Thistle duo, Dan Saunders and Richard Harris.

In so doing he picked up the 7 British Cycling points that he needed to secure his CAT 3 race licence.