Report from week 13 of action at Ythan Cycle Club

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This week’s round-up opens with the bi-weekly Ythan CC confined TT on the Ardlethen course on Tuesday, June 13.

Starting near the Auchterellon Co-op, the course tackles the Ardlethen quarry hill, before turning just beyond the Haddo House entrance and looping back to the starting line.

Norman Fraser, who with a smile and glint in his eye said: “I was 9 seconds slower than last year.”

Norman is 82 years old, and completed the TT with a time of 36:24, a minute ahead of 14 year old Mac Leven, thus proving that age is no barrier.

Fastest times on the night were: Lee Smith 23:10, Alan Smith 23:25, Daryl Jackson 25:04. Fastest female: Kath Thomson 28:48. Fastest Junior: Mac Leven 37:32.

Battle of the Braes

Tom Gelati sported the only Ythan jersey at this demanding race on Saturday, June 17.

Starting in Callander, the 72-mile circuit also took in the Lake of Menteith, and Aberfoyle. Gelati was in the breakaway until the final lap, where he hit the wall.

Drained of energy, he dropped out of the breakaway and was consumed by the chasing peloton. Nonetheless a strong ride on a tough, and very hilly course.

Crit Under the Castle

Ythan had a number of representatives, both adults and juniors, in the Crit Under The Castle, which took place on Sunday, June 18.

Described as, “A closed road cycle racing extravaganza around Stirling city centre”, this event incorporated a round of the British Youth Series 2017.

Hosts, Stirling Bike Club turned the city centre into a challenging and fast-paced closed circuit race-course for the day.

While the warm and dry weather conditions were a boon for spectators, they made for a challenging race for the riders.

In the CAT 4 race Andy Scouller (Cruden Bay) battled it out with the chasing pack to finish in 5th place, a superb effort which gave him enough points to claim his CAT 3 racing licence.