Road season ends as muddy season starts

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Big Tree Campervans Tayside & Fife Regional Youth MTB Series 2019

On Sunday, September 22, Ythan Cycling Club youth riders Matthew Smith, Euan Murphy and Andrew Ingram were in action at the Templeton Woods, Dundee for Round 1 of the 2019 Fife regional youth MTB series.

A huge field comprising the U12, U14 and U16 category riders lined up for the race, with all three Ythan riders holding their own under testing conditions.

Despite crashing on the first lap Matthew Smith managed to secure third place in the 30-minute U12 race.

SCX Round 1: Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord

On the same day but further north another group of Ythanites were in action in round 1 of the Scottish Cyclocross Series.

Mike Giles and Ewan Gronkowski were in action in the veteran and senior men’s races whilst Gavin Gronkowski, Eilidh Gronkowski and Robert Smart were in action in the youth races.

Great fun was had by all, in both the mountain bike and cyclocross races.

Regional Time Trial Championship, Lochter

A large contingent of Ythan riders assembled at the sign-on at Barra Berries on Sunday for the final time trial of the season, organised by Team Ecosse Northboats (TENS), Inverurie’s cycling club.

The 10-mile circuit started on the A920 near to the Lochter activity centre, with the riders setting off in the direction of Drum of Wartle.

They turned left along the B9001 past Daviot, before turning left again, and finishing along the unclassified road towards Lochter.

Fastest Ythan rider back was Ewan Gronkowski, who finished in a time of 23min 10sec and in fifth place overall, behind race winner Martin Reynolds of Aberdeen Wheelers Cycle Club (21:52).

Three generations of the Gronkowski family were in action with Ewan’s son Gavin competing in the youth race and his father Eddie also competing in the men’s race.

Gavin finished with a time of 32:44, just behind fellow Ythan youth rider Robert Smart (32:17). Fraser Gault claimed first place in the youth race with a time of 23:38.

Jenny Noble and Wendy Gault finished in second and third places respectively in the women’s race, with times of 27:27 and 28:52, just behind race winner Lucy Ritchie of TENS Cycle Club (27:03).

The times of the other Ythan riders were: Alan Smith 23:39 (3rd veteran and 8th place overall), Stuart King 25:34, Steve Rae 25:45, Jim Jamieson 29:07, Morag Thompson 32:30, Eddie Gronkowski 32:52, David Abernethy 33:07.

SVTTA 15m TT, Stirling

Carol Middleton and Mike Giles were in action in Stirling in the Scottish Veteran Time Trial association 15m time trial.