Youth and success are words often associated with Ythan CC and the past weekend ensured that the hard-reputation continued at Dundee and Kirkcaldy, writes Malcolm Grant.
Fraser Gault was in winning form at Dundee’s Balgay Park Criteriums where he was first in the U12 race taking the final sprint to add to his season’s impressive palmares.
At Kirkcaldy, in the latest round of the Kingdom MTB Crits, Scott Bates was in action in the U10 event (15 mins + 1 lap) on a tight course that produced some close racing.
Bates lined up on the second row of the line-up but a good start up the opening hill put him in fifth place out of the 15 riders who set off.
The beginning of lap two saw the Ythan QL youth suffer a crash after two other riders came to a sudden stop at a narrow bridge crossing, causing the Ellon rider to take a tumble down the nearby bank.
Bates quickly remounted and powered off up the hill in pursuit, maintaining this effort to take third place overall at the finish claiming a deserved medal and demonstrating considerable powers of recovery.
Last Thursday saw the latest round of the Evening Road Race Series at Knockburn where Ythan were once again well represented.
In cool conditions it was former Ythan youth Zak Loney, now of Team LFH, who secured the win that he has been threatening to deliver all season while Ythan’s Tom McCleman, Chris Main, Bill Bavidge and Robbie Brown all secured finishes.
Ythan also held an adult training session last week where riders looking to gain confidence and some tips to help with their cycling were put through their paces by British Cycling trained coaches.