Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Jonathan on the podium

Jonathan Buckley

Well done to Jonathan Buckley who continues his great form by getting on the podium, with a third place, an the Scottish XC MTB (Masters section) race at Aberfoyle on Sunday.

Jonathan said "I was in 2nd place until half-way round the final lap but unfortunately succumbed to cramps in my hamstrings but just managed to hold on!

David and Jamie Mason

Also spotted at the event, in team kit, were fellow Clarion riders David Mason and sons Jamie and Cameron.

David posts his report here:

Round 3 of the Scottish Cross Country Mountain Bike Series was staged in sunny Aberfoyle with a good field of over 240 competitors.

The course was just over 3 miles long, fairly short, but with very technical rutted single track. Aberfoyle has been seen as a bit of a mudfest in the past but the recent heat wave meant that the course was very dry and ran fast on the downhills on practice day. The overnight rain however presented a very different course for riders on the Sunday with the rooty downhills catching quite a few riders out.

The West Lothian Clarion had 3 competitors at the event.

Jamie Mason (12) was competing in the Juvenile category and found the course to be well within his capabilities and found enough energy for a sprint finish which saw 5 riders separated by only 16 seconds. Jamie finished very content in 18th place.

David Mason had a slightly different opinion of the course racing in the "open". Having covered "heart attack hill", a gruesome cycle/push up a very steep start, in good time he found the downhills more challenging and lost a few places in the closing stages of lap 2 due to a few unchoregraphed dismounts. Still finished a reasonable 11th place.

The real star however was Clarionista Jonathan Buckley who finished the Masters in 3rd place just 4 seconds behind 2nd having completed 4 laps losing out to cramp on the final lap. A well deserved podium finish.

Next months venue is Fort William, bring it on !

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