The Scottish Cycling Road Race Championships are this Sunday 22nd May 2011, with Race HQ based in Balfron.
Vortex Race Team is organising its first Scottish Championships and it looks to set a new standard. The ‘Endrick Valley’ circuit will be used for the first time, a course befitting a Scottish championship, located around the historic town of Balfron which lies between the Campsie Fells and the Trossachs.
Vortex RT is a small club, formed in 2010, but includes several experienced and hard working riders and volunteer race organisers, allowing it the luxury to be in the position to successfully bid for the women’s and the men’s road race championships in only its second year. This combined with the support of Vortex RT’s sponsors, Scottish Cycling and the Balfron Community is allowing the race to pass through a town each lap and bring top level cycle racing to a greater audience.
The race day will include both a men’s and a women’s championship event run separately, the ladies racing in the morning and the men’s in the afternoon. Both events will include the cream of Scottish road racing talent.
The key to the successful bid was using a new spectator friendly circuit (preview in the links below), which combined with resurfacing work from Stirling Council, is looking like providing the varied terrain and competitive racing to decide a worthy champion in both events. Vortex are sure the Endrick circuit will provide a very attacking race, encouraging riders to use its sweeping corners and changes in terrain to their advantage, a group can get out of sight quickly on a circuit like this.
The circuit is also spectator friendly, the corner in Balfron (Dunmore St & Buchanan St) will be a popular vantage point. There are other points around the circuit where viewing will be suitable- see the course for more info.
photo by Robin Dick RCD Photographic
Doyle’s Cafe will be providing various refreshments all day at the finish line, just 250m up the hill from the Dunmore Street corner. The riders will only pass this point once as it is off the main circuit. Also on Doyle’s forecourt will be Solid Rock Cycles of Balmore with a range of bikes & accessories on display, Ridley Bikes of Belgium who are providing the men’s prize in the shape of a carbon fibre race frame & Optical Express working with Adidas Eyewear providing prizes for the ladies event.
9:30am: Ladies event will commence, 6 laps of the 11km circuit (66km), finish approx 12pm in Balfron. (Max 60 riders)
12:25pm: Ladies podium presentation & prize giving outside Doyle’s Cafe.
12:30pm: Men’s race start, 12 laps of the 11km circuit (132km), finish time approx 3:45pm in Balfron. (80 riders)