A week after Ythan CC member John Soutar became the 30-34 age group European Champion, Karolyn Brown was competing in the ITU Duathlon World Championship.
Held in Aviles, Spain, the sprint duathlon (5k run / 20k bike / 2.5k run) featured competitors from Spain, Mexico, Canada, GB and the USA including the newly crowned Triathlon World Champion taking part.
Brown had targeted this event as her key race for the season and had tapered down to ensure good form and the Ellon athlete lined up on the start line confident and injury free.
Brown started the 5k run well and held her position in the main pack allowing her to transition onto the cycle section which in the World Championship is “draft legal” allowing tactics more akin to road racing, something that favours the Ellon athlete through her membership of Ythan CC.
Brown entered the second transition to prepare for the final 2.5k run in a comfortable third but her race strategy was to be derailed after finding that one of her running shoes had been kicked away and in the effort of locating it and regaining her momentum she slipped to 7th.
A disappointing end to Brown’s duathlon season which will resume in October but the experience of competing at world level will surely provide a great platform for future events.
Youth racing was the most prominent cycling event in Aberdeenshire on Saturday as the Grampian Grand Prix took place at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford for the 7th consecutive year with Ythan sharing the promotion with Grampian Tigers,.
Ythan had a successful day with Matthew Smith and Melanie Rowe taking the win in the U8 Boys and U8 Girls respectively. In the U10 Boys Elliot Rowe won both stages to take the overall win whilst William Cooper repeated the same feat to win the U12 Boys race. Ythan’s day was topped off in the U14 race where Daniel Kain finished second behind former Ythan rider Callum Cooper (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing).
Kain’s weekend was to continue on Sunday at the Stuart Turvey Memorial 10 mile TT in Fife where he recorded a substantial personal best with a time of 26m 53s.