‘Tis the season for ‘Top 10′ style lists, so here’s a brief rundown of some of my highlights of 2011 where Scottish racing is concerned. I certainly haven’t watched everything closely- these are just the things that stand out, off the top of my head. Please contribute your own ideas in the comments.
in no particular order
Arthur Doyle’s 19:45
Arthur is pretty much the best time triallist around, particularly in 10s and 25s and this blistering time at Westferry at the end of August was brilliant. Check out this discussion on Braveheart which looks at other 19 minute rides.
Having had a successful racing season so far, with strong results at international as well as national events, Endura Racing are now in the final stage of their preparations for the Tour of Britain which will start in Peebles, Scotland on September 11th.
I’m disappointed not to be watching the Scottish stage of the ToB this year, having enjoyed being a roadside spectator in 2008 and 2009, but the start in Peebles is sure to be a spectacle, with the borders town having fully embraced the race over the past few years.
Endura’s Jack Bauer, former NZ champ
Congratulations to Jane Barr and Evan Oliphant, womens and mens road race champions respectively for 2011.
Through a combination of tweets and text messages from friends I was able to bring you a brief report on how things went down, and have now added a bit more detail once full results and reports were published.
The women’s race kicked off in the morning and Jane Barr won an uphill sprint to retain the championship. 2nd and 3rd place went to Sandy Wallace riders – Gemma Neill and Claire MacAulay. A particularly strong ride from Gemma, who had punctured and had to chase to get back on. A mention for my clubmate Lettie Chambers (Stirling) who did very well to place highly as well as Jay Burgess (Sandy Wallace) and Katie Wylie who I had mentioned in my preview.
Claire Macaulay (Sandy Wallace Cycles), bronze medal, and Jane Bar (Velocity 44) winner
A sneak peek of the unofficial Scottish champion’s jersey to be presented to the winners of the Road Race championships this weekend.
It has been designed by Tom Worthington, including all the details down to the blue piping on the stitches. The Saltire is subtly included, but the design veers away from overt National flag motifs as these are already present on quite a few club jerseys. The top band is blue, and the bottom band is much more purple than it appears in the photo. See the design artwork below for a better idea of colours- the purple (in real life) is similar to the Scottish Commonwealth Games kit.
The design went through a few phases and then reverted to a classic champions style with horizontal bands- a timeless design.
Here’s an opinion piece on the upcoming champs- please bear in mind this blogger has been following Scottish cycling for a mere 3 years, so if you think I’m wrong, please post a reply and share your thoughts!
The men’s event is littered with top class riders. When you look at the field in the context of the last couple of years there is lots of interest.
pic: Granite City RT
Last year’s champion Evan Oliphant (Endura Racing) is back to defend his title, and is sure to be one of the favourites. I’d recently speculated that he perhaps wasn’t in the form of last year- however this has been shown to be armchair punditry, as when he’s raced in Scotland he has done well. Hewill be in great condition after racing down south and abroad but will of course be a marked man.
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.
It’s a little after the event but having done a post on days 1 and 2 of the Tour Doon Hame it’d be a shame not to finish it off. Again, couldn’t get hold of any free-to-use pics but there are plenty of links here for you to explore.
The race on the road
There’s little point recapping live race tweets and incident when Ed Hood’s roadside report is up on Veloresults. He has the contacts and gift of the gab to get interviews, quotes and snaps of all the top riders, as well as an insightful view of how the race panned out on day 3.
Zak Dempster took the overall after he took bonus seconds in a sprint and his team controlled it after that. Jack Bauer kept hold of a podium spot and the King of the Mountains which was good for Scottish fans.
Also brilliant was Robert Hassan’s top 20 GC finish. He has been strong all year.
A round up of tweets, links, pics and thoughts after Day 1 of the Tour Doon Hame.
After the glorious week of weather both Scotland and the rest of the UK had, the riders might have been a bit disheartened to wake up to a grey, rainy and relatively cold day. Not Magnus Backstedt though.
The pics in this post, courtesy of Natalie on Flickr, show just how rank the weather was. It’s due to be better tomorrow however.
Although this site purports to be ‘all about Scottish Cycling’, if I’m honest it’s a roadie blog. But I try to delve into all facets of cycling and I’ve been meaning to give BMX some love for a while. A Raleigh BMX was my first proper bike after all, and you only have to look in the streets and bike shops to see how many BMXs are being sold and ridden every day in Scotland.
It’s just over a month to go until the Scottish Bike Show on 16th-17th April and I am quite excited about this event. I am a roadie primarily, and I sometimes forget that Scotland is world famous thanks to a UCI Mountain Bike event being held annually at Nevis Range. It’s not surprising that mountain biking features heavily at the show.
The multi-award winning Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup will be bringing its action and atmosphere into the heart of The Scottish Bike Show with The Fort William World Cup Screen. As well as a continuous showcase of some of the best mountain bike action from the past 9 years, the screen will also feature the BSD BMX displays live. The World Cup team will also be on hand to talk about the Best Mountain Bike Event in the World!
The area is also a growing trail centre in its own right. Nevis Bike School will be running guiding and coaching sessisons plus new training camps with Dirt School in 2011, and Alpine bikes will be at Nevis Range this summer providing bike hire. Dirt School- the mountain bike skills coaching company- are also exhibiting, as are Alpine Bikes, who will have a large stand, hopefully with plenty of bling on show.
Other mountain bike exhibitors include:
Moredirt– a guide to mountain bike trails and routes worldwide
Singletrack mountain bike magazine
International Mountain Bike magazine