Ythan CC youth rider Fraser Gault continued a successful 2015 season with his latest victory coming in the U12 event at the Ingliston Evening Criterium at Edinburgh last Thursday.
A dry, warm evening ensured a good-sized field and as they rolled off Gault had to deal with a minor techinical issue and another rider, both combining to leave him behind the leaders, but by lap two he was back in front.
As the race reached the final third of its distance, the main pack split with four riders, including Gault, starting to lap some of the slower competitors before Gault and an Edinburgh rider then broke away with two laps remaining.
Entering the last corner Gault held the front with a 300-yard sprint to the finish facing both riders, but it was the Oldmeldrum rider who maintained his position and won by half a bike length.
Last Thursday also saw the first of this year’s Evening Road Race Series being held at Knockburn with Ythan fielding Bill Bavidge and Chris Main in a race that was peppered with talented riders from the North-east and beyond.
The 32-mile course, around the foothills of Cairn O’ Mount, was held in cool conditions with many riders reverting to their winter clothing but the Ythan duo both performed well with Bavidge finishing comfortably in the main bunch while Main completed the event in 31st place.
Peterhead’s Malcolm Cooper made the trip to Selkirk for the Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon. Cooper covered the 48 miles in five- and-half hours on a course that included more than 7000ft of climbing and plenty of single track but his efforts were rewarded with a creditable 38th place from a field of 240.