Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Weekend race reports

Humbie 25TT
Sadiq Mir and Steven Fraser are regularly entering open TTs, at the weekend they rode the Hilly Musselburgh Roads promoted race around the East Lothian countryside

Sadiq said "A rewarding ride, I had second thoughts after seeing the poor weather when I left West Lothian, and still had them when I set off for a warm-up in heavy rain, but conditions cleared a bit for the start. There will certainly be harder 'hilly' TTs than this one, there were a few drags and steepish bits but nothing that went on for any length."

Steven said "Thoroughly enjoyed this course I would certainly recommend it to club members for next year "

1st Stuart Moran Perth United 58:52:00
22nd Sadiq Mir West Lothian Clarion 01:04:56
37th Steven Fraser West Lothian Clarion 01:16:15

Tour of the Meldons
Julie Dominguez was brave enough to be the substitute stoker on a Tandem in the The Tour of the Meldons. The race, promoted by Edinburgh Road Club, is one of the classic time trial events on the Scottish Calendar with a history dating back to the 1930s

Julie said "I rode with a pal of mine - Greig - because his girlfriend couldn't make it. I was a bit nervous until Friday night when we had a training run, after that I settled in nicely.

The route starts at Eddleston on the main road and is flat for half a mile before it turns left onto Shiplaw - if you have not ridden here you must, Shiplaw is brutal! Over the top we followed the lanes through the fields, then a long descent (where we ran out of gears) before another sharp left into another fast drag. Here we motored like a super-charged truck reeling in 3 riders - a unique feeling for me!

What was to come was horrible, a long uphill section, ridden in damp mist, into a cold, constant head wind . Riding uphill on a tandem is not nice! We kept grinding and grinding until we got to the top.

Greig refused to tell me where the finish was! I asked about 5 times on the last hill. When we finally crossed the line, we both climbed off the bike and fell to the floor! 1hr 4 mins, Jim Cusick won in 54mins. We came mid-field so I'm happy with that.

The Food afterwards was amazing, and because we were early off we got there in plenty of time to tuck in!"

Scottish 10 TT champs

Sunday run regular, Allan McCrimmon, was the only rider representing the club in Fort William event on the 24th April.

Allan said "The course wasn't as hard as our kirkliston course and I put in the big effort, starting off at nearly 30mph. I couldn't maintain that effort and averaged just under 22mph. I'm disappointed with my time considering the good weather"

1st Arthur Doyle 20:37
97th Allan McCrimmon 26:22

SXC MTB 2010 Race Series
Another good turnout by the West Lothian Clarion at Round 2 of the SXC MTB 2010 Race Series.

Square Wheels of Strathpeffer, the local sponsor, had set up a short but very technically challenging course at nearby Contin.

There was a surprisingly large number of Youth, Juvenile and Primary racers for a relatively remote race location.

Jamie Mason, soon to be a Clarion member, was competing in the Juvenile category. The course was slightly shorter than the previous round but significantly more challenging with some fairly large rock "features" and some very steep, tight downhill sections. There was also a mandatory water splash!

After an initially slow uphill start Jamie managed to overtake a few riders on the long uphill before hitting the mainly singletrack downhill section. The testing downhill section brought on a full over the handlebars crash near the end which slowed him up a bit but he still finished a solid 12th place.

David Mason, in the open category, had his normal start where the whole of the pack seem to accelerate away at light speed but he was soon pulling them back in on the climb and technical sections fairly. 1st lap was fairly messy over the rocky sections but a good clean 2nd lap resulted in a 9th place.

Cameron Mason, in the Primary 4/5 race, had a "smashing" start when he was involved in a 4 bike pile up at the start ! This left him in 7th place with the lead riders about a third of a lap ahead. Cameron managed to pull back 2 places on the first lap then got up to 2nd place in the final lap. With just 50m to go he was only a couple of metres behind 1st but a poor final corner kept him in 2nd place on the podium. Another good race and character building too !

Well done to Jonathan Buckley, finishing 5th in the Men's Masters just 30 seconds of a podium place

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