Friday, 28 November 2014

Dig in at the Dock - entry opens on 1st December

News fresh in from Dig in at the Dock:

ENTRY ANNOUNCEMENT - Entries for the race will open at 20:00 on Monday 1st December on Entry Central. There will be 100 places available on a first come first serve basis. When these places are gone you will be placed on the waiting list where we will send invites to another 40 or so riders. Your invites will last 24 hours. If you don't accept the invite in this time and place your entry then it will be offered to another rider.

Don't worry if you're not the fastest rider in the world. This doesn't necessarily reduce your chances of receiving an invite.

Just a reminder that we can't refund your entry once we have received it. We will not seek to replace you in the race. Instead your entry fee will go towards the cost of running the race. You can still come along and get your goody bag with your programme and other freebies in it.

Good luck everyone. Spread the word.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Foxlake Cyclocross at the John Muir Winter Carnival

Thank you for entering FoxlakeCX for what will be an extravaganza of outdoor pursuits. Not only bike racing but loads of stuff for all the family as well as live coverage of the Milton Keynes round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup.

The John Muir Winter Carnival this year will incorporate a Christmas traders market, Kids Fun Zone, various activity providers offering taster sessions, music and a licensed bar. The Winter Carnival aims to showcase all things East Lothian from its beautiful natural resource to its food and drink, all in the spirit of the great patron saint of the wilderness; John Muir.


Sign on will be located at the big blue and white easy up by the finish line near the Foxfall obstacle course.

Parking will be as with previous years at the stables.

U15 race Sign on opens at 10.00 am and will close 15 minutes before start time.
Race starts at 11.00 and will be 15mins + 1 lap

Senior race sign on opens 10.00 am and will close 15 minutes before start time.
Race starts at 12.00 noon and will be 55 minutes + 1 lap.

All updated info about the event can be found on the event Facebook Page.

Entrance to the site will be from the east gate which will be well signposted.

Address for SatNavs - Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, EH42 1XF

Monday, 24 November 2014

Scottish Cyclocross Championships - Newsflash

News in from Scottish Cycling with a closing date extension for the Scottish Cyclocross Championships:

"Attention Cyclocross riders. We have had a number of enquiries from riders who have missed the closing of the entry for Cyclocross Scottish Championships at Knockburn Loch on the 7th Dec. Due to the confusion as to whether 00:00 is at the beginning or end of the day we will allow an extension to the enter the Cyclocross Championships. Any rider wishing to enter the Scottish Cyclocross Championships must email the event organiser by 23:59 today, Monday 24th November.

Emails must be sent to

You must provide the following information in the email
BC Member - Yes/No
BC Membership No:
Title (Mr/Mrs/Dr/Ms etc):
First Name:
Last Name:
Club/Team Name:
Your email must contain the above information and must be with the organiser by 23:59 today."

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Lochore Meadows CX - Results

Results by myeventiming
U8s & U12s
Youths, Juniors, Women, Seniors, Veterans

Results split by category for each race can be viewed on the "Results by category" tab. Create a free MYLaps account for more race data. Any queries on results should be directed to Mark Young by email - click here.

League tables are updated automatically once results are finalised and can be found here.

Many thanks to Kinross CC and helpers for their infamous Spiral of Doom - and also our series sponsors - Ridley, Lazer and Madison.

Photos: Sue Steele

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Scottish Cyclocross Championships - Update

Update from Deeside Thistle on the forthcoming Scottish Champs:

As of today we have 296 entries for the Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Championships presented by Alpine Bikes at Knockburn Loch.

The Mens V40 is almost almost full, hitters are signing up for the Senior Open, and it looks like there's going to be a right good battle in the Women's races as well.

Entries on the BC Site close at 00:00 23/11/2014 (very late on Saturday night, hopefully after you've glued your tubs for Lochore Meadows) and there will be no late entries accepted. Start Sheets will then go to SC for ratification (only Full Race Licence members can compete for the Champs) and to MYeventtiming for timing purposes.

We have a course walk by Chief Commissaire, John Green, on Saturday. We have had almost two weeks of constant rain up here and the ground is extremely waterlogged, so we will be working with both John and Knockburn Loch to try and avoid damage to sections of the venue, while still retaining the new layout and fun sections.

Once the course is approved and we are informed about Assistant Commissaires we will send out the Rider Race Info Pack with directions, timing, course maps (sneak peak below) and prize list.

After that, it's race time. Well, after Lochore. Oh, and Fox Lake and the Milton Keynes World Cup...

Friday, 21 November 2014

Lochore Meadows - Provisional Timetable

Kinross Cycling Club have posted a provisional timetable for Sunday's race at Lochore Meadows. As always, keep an ear out for announcements on the day.

Click image for biggerer one.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Scottish Cyclocross Championships

There's now just a little over a month to go until  Deeside Thistle CC  host the Scottish Cyclocross Championship at  Knockburn Sports Loch  in Aberdeenshire on 7th December.

Make sure you keep up-to-date with latest news from #knocxburn by Liking the Facebook Event Page.

Online entry is open, but remember that as it's a Scottish Championship race, entry closes earlier than normal at midnight on Sunday 23rd November. In line with Scottish Cycling's rules, there will be no entry-on-the-day for any categories.

Scottish Cycling have eased the requirements for taking part in the Scottish Cyclocross Championships and unlike recent seasons, you will be able to race even if you do not meet the requirements to challenge for championship medals.

The Scottish Cyclocross Association would like to thank Scottish Cycling for this rule change.

Scottish Cycling's Technical Regulations can be downloaded here. The relevant rules are shown below and apply to all categories:

Rider Eligibility Criteria are listed in the Scottish Cycling Rulebook under Cyclocross Specific regulations. Briefly:

All SCU Championships shall be open to:
a) SCU/BCF members (members of clubs affiliated to the SCU)
b) Scottish Nationals (persons born in Scotland)
c) Scottish Residents (persons who have lived in Scotland for three of the
last five years)
d) Persons who have at least one parent who was born in Scotland.
e) Members of the armed forces who meet none of the above, but who by
necessity are required to live in Scotland away from their normal
Persons in sections (b), (c), (d) and (e) must be members of an UCI
recognised Cycling Federation.

British Cycling Race Silver and Race Gold Memberships (with an additional Full Race Licence) can compete in the Scottish Championships and are eligible for placings, points and prizes.

British Cycling Race Bronze, Silver or Gold Members racing on a Provisional Race Licence (included with BC Race Membership) can race in the Scottish Championships but are not eligible for placing, points or prizes.

Non members can pay a £3 British Cycling Day Membership fee (U12 Youth and Junior £1.50)  at sign on (which grants a one Day British Cycling Provisional Race membership) and can race in the Scottish Championships but are not eligible for placing, points or prizes.

U8 Riders do not require BC Membership

Entry for the Scottish Championships is by Online Entry only. Entries Close 2 weeks before the race (Midnight Saturday 22nd Nov 2014).

You must be a BC Member to use the Online Registration System, unless you are entering the U8 Race. However, If you are a non member, please email to enter, so we can manually enter your details for you. You will have to pay your Race Fee and Day Membership Fee at Sign On.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Information.

The Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series 2014.

Scottish Cyclocross are delighted to announce a second season with Ridley and Lazer Helmets, which will encompass full series support as well as additional activity at non series events.
As well as having on course branding and and merchandising of the series, there will be spot prizes for Lazer helmets at each series race, this along with a fantastic season winning prize for Scotland's top Junior Male or Female in the shape of a Ridley X-Fire frameset (pictured) really lets you know where the heart of the brand is, and that is encouraging and assisting young Cyclocross talent in Scotland.

Having both Ridley and Lazer involved in Scottish Cyclocross in 2013 added such a dynamic and colourful addition to a scene that has truly developed here in Scotland.
You may be knee deep in Scottish mud, but now there is a part of you that will be forever Belgian again in 2014.

The Scottish series which has shown incredible participation of upwards of 400 competitors per event in 2013, as well as bringing young talent to the fore, has grown even further in 2014 with the first four Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series events this year having a total of over 1200 plus entrants.

From novice to International U.C.I professionals, the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series is the ideal platform for a first race or indeed a season long challenge for series honours, there is a class and a race for everyone in this most inclusive of race series.
The remaining two series races will travel the length and breadth of the country between October and December, with rounds taking place in the following locations:


23rd Nov - Lochore Meadows
13th Dec - Glengorm Castle

7th Dec - Scottish Championships, Knockburn Loch

29th Nov – John Muir Winter Carnival Foxlake
14th Dec - Glengorm Castle
4th Jan - 2015 Dig In at the Dock Bo'ness

More races are being added to the 2015 cross calender, details correct at the time of going to press.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wardell Wins at Warpspeed in Woodland Classic

Words:John McComisky

There was plenty to discuss before the any of the races had got under way for round four of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series. Riders were made aware on the morning of the race that the traditional venue would be bereft of it's classic feature of the steep banking ride down to the river bed and the monumental run up that has been a feature of the course for well over a decade. There pros and cons to the decision made, and as cyclocross riders, we will ride where ever the tape and stabs are laid out. The revised section of the course made the lap a lot shorter, and did not offer much in the way of a riding challenge, but Glasgow United, Stevie Couper and the band of helpers should be applauded for all the good work that has been done over the last few years to make good some technical switchback and added off camber that when even a little slippery do constitute a riding challenge.

On to the event itself, and close to 400 riders fronted up in the mild autumnal conditions to take on the Tosh, and its revised course.

In the Senior class Robert Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team) would be looking to take his third win of the year, and with Grant Ferguson a no show, his strongest challenge would come from a brigade of development riders such as Mark McGuire ( and Thomsons duo Jack Ravenscroft and Harry Johnston. Also making a welcome return to the series would be a bronzed David Lines (Starley Primal) fresh from vacation and a Friday night win at the Hallocross event put on by James McCallum.

With the course at it's most cut up all day Wardell was soon slugging it out with the young team and in particular McGuire, Ravenscroft. The top boys were hammering it up the slopes at the back of the course where a large and vocal crowd were in spirited heckling mode.

Off the pace but entertaining nonetheless Davie Lines treated the onlookers to as great display of wheelies while other just entertained by coming to grief on the slippery ramp. With McGuire the victim of a fall or two, Wardell wound up the wick to gap his pursuers by over a minute by race end. A deserved win on the type of course that the U.C.I Mountain bike rider simply revels in. A good second came from a really spirited McGuire and Harry Johnston, with Ravenscroft the victim of mechanicals.

I caught up with Wardell post race to get his thoughts on the day “It is always nice to take the win, but these young lads are really taking a race to me this year. I sometimes think that I am getting it easier with guys like Rob Friel, Gareth Montgomerie and other not doing the full series, but three wins from four aint too bad”

The V40 class had the organising Glasgow United riders out and about trying to stop the march of race wins collected by Gary McCrae (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique). And take a race to them they certainly did Stevie Jackson has been the perennial thorn in the side to McCrae all season and has really stepped up to the mark by giving Gary the hardest challenge in recent races. He along with Hans Fourhaug, looked like they would have enough juice in the tank by race end and looked like a local win was on the cards. In the latter part of the race McCrae, who is also one of the top Mountain bike racers in the country, used this attribute and some slick overtaking to match the local boys and gave the last tatters of the race volgas to take the win, making up for the disappointment of a mechanical at Irvine. The race enthused race commentator Jammie Johnstone so much that he quipped that “They did it like they do on the Sporza Channel”.

A race that always has its thrills and spills is the Veteran Fifty, Women and Junior class. With the course in it's best shape of the day, Brenden Roe (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique), who also had his daughter Eileen Roe (Team Wiggle Honda) lining up on the cross grid for the first time this year was in fighting form from the gun. He was kept honest early in the race though with his teamster Mark Barnett making his best showing of the year in second, this pair were well clear on the twisty woodland course from another good ride from .

The Women’s race proved to be a real dogfight with Isla Short (Team Thomsons) and Kerry McPhee (Rock and Road) locked in combat for the race duration, with the pair up close and personal in the woodland and dipper sections. The glory would go to Short however, and this win gave her three wins from the last three events entered. Maddy Robinson (VC Moulin) consolidated third and has been nothing if not consistent this year.

The Junior race, though lacking in numbers saw similar antics from Pearce Somerville (Thomsons Cycles) and Coner Nally (Hardie Bikes), this pair slugged it out until the final corner with Nally hitting the dirt and leaving Somerville to take the win.

The series takes a much needed break before it takes in the flatlands of Lochore Meadow, which returns to the series after a successful test event there last year.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Auchentoshan CX - Statement on Course Changes

The Scottish Cyclocross Association are aware of discussions (mainly in the Scottish cyclocross Facebook group) regarding the changes made to the course yesterday at Auchentoshan.

We will be speaking to the organisers and Scottish Cycling over coming days to discuss the matter and will post further information once it's available. In the meantime, please do not rush to judgement based on the limited number of facts that are circulating.

If you'd like to get in touch with the Scottish Cyclocross Association on any issues relating to the Scottish Cyclocross Series, then please use the Contact Us form over in the right hand of page.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Auchentoshan Cross - Results

Results by myeventiming
Youths, Juniors, Women, Seniors, Veterans

Results split by category for each race can be viewed on the "Results by category" tab. Create a free MYLaps account for more race data. Any queries on results should be directed to Mark Young by email - click here.

League tables are updated automatically once results are finalised and can be found here.

Many thanks to Glasgow United CC and helpers for another Clydebank classic - and also our series sponsors - Ridley, Lazer and Madison.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Auchentoshan - newsflash!

We've heard from Glasgow United CC, organisers of tomorrow's race at Auchentoshan, with an update on availability of on-the-day entries:

"Field size has had to be limited to 400 because of safety and car parking at/around the course. Due to overwhelming entry online there will only be room for the following entries on the day.

U8s space for 8 moreU12s space for 11 moreYouth space for 10 moreLV50J space for 11 moreV40-49 space for 9 moreSeniors space for 7 more

This is due to the way the chips/numbers are arranged ie- we cannot allow 1or2 in extra if we have less uptake in an earlier race. These are final figures, first come first served. I have responded by email to some riders who contacted me before Wednesday night when early entry was closed. If you have contacted me since then, and not heard back it is because A: you were too late and B: I have had to leave the small space above for on the day entry."

Online entry for remaining rounds of the series is encouraged...

And remember that the closing date for the Scottish Championships is two weeks before the race.

Provisional timetable - listen out for announcements on the day
08:20 Walk around - commissaires/chief Marshall and Stevie Couper
08:45 Race marshal briefing
08:45 Sign on 8s/12s/ youths open
09:00 U12s course complete
09:00 First aid
09:15 Under 8s /12s course open
09:20 Under 8s Sign on closed
09:35 Under 12s Sign on closed
09.50 Under 8s start
10:00 Under 8s Finish
10.05 Under 12s start
10:00 Youths Sign on closed
10:00 Women, Vet 50, Juniors Sign on open
10:00 Main course built
10:15 Under 12s Finish
10:20 Main course open for practice
10.30 Youths
10:35 Under 8s / 12s presentation
11:00 Women, Vet 50, Juniors Sign on closed
11:00 Vet 40 Sign on open
11:00 Youths Finish
11:15 Main course open for practice
11.30 Thomson’s cycles Women, Vet 50, Juniors
11:35 Youths Presentation
12:00 Vet 40 Sign on closed
12:00 Seniors Sign on open
12:10 Women, Vet 50, Juniors finish
12:15 Main course open for practice
12.30 Thomson’s cycles Vet 40
12:35 Women, Vet 50, Juniors Presentation
13:00 Open Sign on closed
13:10 Vet 40 finish
13:15 Main course open for practice
13.30 Thomson’s cycles Senior Open
14:30 open race finishes
14:50 Vet 40 presentation
14:55 Open presentation.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


With final preparations being made  to the woodland of Dalkeith Country Park, first time event organizer James McCallum has secured a blood curdingly goulish list of prizes and ghastly Hallocross course features, to keep you all entertained for the Eve of all Hallows. 

Headline sponsor will be Ian Brown from
He has put in a load of funding for infrastructure of the event, so the course and spectacle will have as professional a feel to it as possible, but also to make your fright night in the dark and dank Dalkeith as safe and fun as possible. 

Without the support of Ian and the Scottish trade and Cyclocross community, it would have been hard to pull this together. I want everyone to rock up in fancy dress, have a hoot, enjoy things like the Honey Stinger log jump and the Nightrider Steps. We will have loads of the course lit with glow sticks and have put together a safe, but tough course for the one hundred odd riders comented James.

Prize list is as below for both Male and is not all about winning, and there will be other little tricks and treats up for grabs during the evening.

1st - Oakley glasses, Mr Eions coffee Trophy, Bottle of Keglevavik vodka
2nd - £150 bike fit from Edinburgh Bike Fitting   Mr Eions coffee Trophy, Bottle of Keglevavik vodka
3rd - Pair of Cyclocross tyres Clement/ Vittoria and T-shirt from and

Fastest Male/Female £50 cash from R.A Cox Garage Equipment

Panache prize from 5 free yoga classes and Yoga Matt.

Best Fancy dress - Case of Rekordilick cider and Special secret prize.

Hole shot prize of a Lazer helmet from StudioVelo Castle Douglas

1st V40+ and V50+ gets a £50 from

Remember the gate to the Estate close at 7pm, and the race will creep and crawl  away from the Brig of Doom at 7.30pm...
Even if you are not riding, get a lot to holler and make a spectyrcal of yourselves.


Ferguson Beaches the Ridley Series Opposition.

Words: John McComisky.

Scottish Cyclocross, is not just about the racers pinning a number on, and giving it full chunder when the gun goes, it is also the behind the scenes course preparation and organisation that make the events what they are today.
In the most challenging of circumstances Neil Walker and his die-hard Walkers Cycling crew battled against every conceivable obstacle to put on what will be remembered as possibly the hardest event that many a cross rider can ever expect to clip in and take a splintering, battering in the dunes and climbs of the Irvine Beach Park venue.

With over 380 riders signed on and ready to battle in the most tempestuous of circumstances, Mother Nature well and truly spat he dummy out and puked rain, hail and gale force winds on all concerned for that duration of the third round of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series.

The dunes and slick off-camber sections are normally a test of strength enough for any rider, but the sight of riders shot out by the wind and squalor riding gamely into the the gully of grimace, hunting to hold a wheel, forced some clever riding and a pack mentality that is very rare in a Cyclocross race.

While so many were flailing in the conditions, Scottish Cyclocross fans were treated to the oh so rare appearance of British Under 23 Cyclocross Champion Grant Ferguson (Brentjens), who lined up against series hot shoe Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team), James McCallum ( and a glut of riders and fancied podium riders in the shape of the gritty Stevie Halsall (VC Moulin) as well as the young guns Callum MacGowan (Alpine Bikes) and Harry Johnston (Team Thomsons).

Ferguson, a World Class Mountain Bike rider, was more than happy to take to the sand, and a set of curly bars to give the series regulars a master-class in beaching the opposition in a fraught and trying trying race.
From the get go, he was joined by an on form Wardell, and the pair set about ripping the backside out of the race early on.
Wardell who was well aware that grabbing series points, would be key to his race, clung on limpet-like in the early laps until Ferguson decided to drop Wardell's anchor and ride solo in the latter part of the race to suck up not only his pursuers, but incredibly put in a lap to all but the remainder of the podium boys by the time the chequer came around.
Wardell rolled home in a safe second, ahead of Halsall, and a spirited ride from McCallum (Last weeks Doonside Trofee Winner), who was one of the first to admit the the boy Ferguson is simply on another level.
After the race Ferguson, despite shivering in the wind and rain gave his take on the race “ I have always really loved the sand sections of this course, even when I was a Junior, it is a hard event, but I really enjoy coming back to race in Scotland when my schedule allows” On the subject of racing in Scotland he had this to say “I would really like to take in more events (Scotland), and on a bigger scale had hoped to ride at the World Cup in Milton Keynes, but there is no class there for me, that is a real pity, but I may be able to catch a few more races up here and the odd National Trophy before the end of December, the racing up here is at a really good level now”

There was the usual ego bashing and chest puffing before the start of the Veteran Forty class, with all of the usual series riders on grid, as well as a welcome visit to the dunes from Kevin Ashbridge (V.C Cumbria) to add a little more seasoning to the ninety strong field.
After the usual scrap from the start, Paul McInally (Evans Cycles) managed a full on effort early doors to lead the main riders up the zig-zag climb, before the full affect of the omnipresent, heaving storm blew the pecking order to smithereens, and soon small cluster groups were forming all the way down the order.

Stevie Jackson (Glasgow United) is well worthy of merit for taking on the race and managed to batter his way to the front in the race in the early laps pursued by the combined efforts of the Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique squadron, Messrs: McCaffery, Porco, McCrae et al, these guys along with Colin Bain (EKRC) and an impressive Ashbridge would soon be hurling themselves, but not any abuse into the midfield flotsam of the race by the time that last lap bell came a clanging.

McCrae was first to falter after the last climb of the day when well positioned, and was seen sadly trying to unhinge his chain as the main group of five riders continued back into the brutally boisterous headwind and along the harsh foamy scab of sand before entering the arena. At the flag Ashbridge muscled out a win from a brave Jackson, who was running on empty at the line and a welcome podium from John McCaffery.

The Veteran Fifty Class again saw Brenden Roe (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) put the boot in early on, and gapped the thirty strong grid too fight among the dunes and headland for the final poduim places. Roe who is never content just racing the Veterans was soon keeping the best Juniors honest in the shape of West Lothian Clarion's Jamie Mason and Fifer Conor Nally (Hardie Bikes). Mason more than did himself justice taking his Junior first win of the year, along with Roe who has now a trio of victories to show for his efforts.
The very harsh nature of the race meant that there would be plenty of last gasp lunging and diving to the line as riders circulated together for much of the race, sussing out weakness and sucking in the sea haar. Closest podium of the day went to Graham McGarrity (Dooleys) who swooped in ahead of Bill Young (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) to grab second Veteran on the day.

The hardy Women of Scottish Cyclocross who were in and out of the sand parcour with the men, often had to work hard to avoid the traffic and try and set a race up for themselves. Anne Ewing (WV Breda) who confesses to not like technical courses was riding gamely with Isla Short (Team Thomsons) at the helm of the race with erstwhile stand in Commentator Maddie Robinson (VC Moulin) unable to bridge over to the duo, who played it tough in the ruts and climbs. Short was able to dispense with Ewing at race end with Robinson a solid third. The Veteran Wqomen class continues to hold no fear for Sian Tovey (Dooleys Cycles) who racked up her third win on the bounce from a very impressive ride from local Walkers racer Lorn Sloan.

Winning races and being at the top of the heap meant little to Isla on the day however, as she dedicated her win on the day to the unfortunate passing of one of East Kilbride Road Clubs finest John Gordon. I am sure all of you reading this will join in offering heartfelt condolence to the Gordon family at this time.

For some Great images and video of the racing just click the links.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Hallocross - directions

Due to ground works in Dalkeith Country Park, event HQ for Friday's Hallocross moves to a new site within the park this year. Jump aboard with MacNav to see where to head too.

Irvine Beach Cross - Results

Results by myeventiming
U8s , U10s, U12s
Youths, Juniors, Women, Senior Men, Veteran Men

Results split by category for each race can be viewed on the "Results by category" tab. Create a free MYLaps account for more race data. Any queries on results should be directed to Mark Young by email - click here.

Many thanks to Walkers Cycling and helpers for a fantastic set of races in "challenging" conditions - and also our series sponsors - Ridley, Lazer and Madison.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Nae Doonside to McCallum's Victory.

The Doonbank Trofee- Ayr Roads Cycling Club-October 19th 2014.

Words: John McComisky.
Pictures: Nicola Johnson.

With the first two rounds of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series already in the can, Cyclocross racers in Scotland braved the eye of a storm to head down to the first ever running of the Belgian themed Doonbank Trofee held in the grounds and the playing fields of Wellington School in Alloway Ayrshire.

Chris Johnson and the team at Ayr Roads Cycling Club, had worked very hard to bring a non series race to the area, with vibrant social media and a great pre event document giving all the entered competitors a flavour for a new venue and a new promotion.

Although the last couple of series events boasted huge entries, there was some disappointment in the pick up from the event, but there was still a good smattering of big names using the event as a pre race warm up for next weekends Irvine Beach extravaganza.
We have been blessed by the last few dry races, but the challenging parcour with searing elevation and adverse camber was not going to be the only thing riders had to contend with.

Schlamm, modder, slurry or just plain old mud were going to the main factors in drain the legs and lungs, as well as tempestuous flailing cross and headwinds.

There was some talk of combining categories, but the organisers stuck to the programme and put on an event that promises some great potential, not only as a non series event, but with some tweaking and development a possible series event to move the sport forward in the Ayrshire area.

The main Senior saved the worst of the weather for all the bold and the brave to contend with a heavy course and a full sixty minutes of of racing being the main of the day.

James McCallum made his return to the cross scene up here with an eye to find some legs for the upcoming Irvine race, and now sporting a fetching POC-Rapha garb certainly brightened up the proceedings with the first charge to the bomb hole and tarmac section. In close company and a very welcome returnee to the scene, Neil Walker (Walkers Cycling), laid out his intentions early and stuck with the seasoned pro as the field quickly spread out on the first lap.

James was able to stretch a small gap from Walker and an impressive Barry Wilson, before the mistress of cross started throwing proverbial spanners into the works.

The claggy course was necessitating bike changes for a lot of the lead riders, and Walker was forced to pit after rolling a tub, McCallum was having his own woes too, with having to ride a borrowed bike while his main bike was unclogged. The spirit of cross was very evident during all this mechanical meltdown with fellow riders and mechanics all pitching in to keep the racers in the race for the duration.

Towards the end of the race the skies turned as black as the Earl of Hell's waistcoat, and this played very well into the hands of Brian McCardle (EKRC), who was in skull crushing form.
Brian has been shaking things up this year at the sharp end of the Senior class, and although McCallum held it all together at the sodden end, Brian was cutting a fine line in chasing down the colourful victor on the day with Wilson in very close attendance.

At race end McCallum, now fully dried out had this to say “ That was certainly a tough day out, the course had a lot of interesting features, we got some mud and hellish weather, but that should not detract from a lot of effort Chris (Johnson) and the Ayr club have done to put this race on. These races have a lot of potential and as a fellow organiser (Hallocross), I expected more participants on the day, but they simply missed out on a proper cross workout, it puts me in good shape for Irvine next week when all the regular series lads are back”

In the Veteran Forty class, the main protagonists all made the trip Doonside, and although the course was now beginning to cut and rut up, the main players were still at the helm of the race. Stevie Jackon (Glasgow United) started off as ever full guns blazing to start stretching Gary McCrae( Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) as well as a poorly gridded James Melville (Glasgow United).
Jackson was further aided in his cause when McCrae had a mechanical at the “Beechers Brook” run and jump section, and was able to pull a further gap on the now motoring McCrae.
Melville too was bringing a race to his teamster, but as is often the case in Forty class, McCrae was able to crack first Jackson and then Melville wide open on the last climb to the mini Koppenberg adverse section of the course and drive home an advantage the the chequered flag. These guys along with the likes of Porco and Nally are sure to put on a feisty race in the dunes of Irvine next week if the effort at the Trofee is anything to go by.

The Veteran Fifty class saw another strong race ride from Brenden Roe ( LeslieBikes/Bikers Boutique), who was very at home on the more traditional and arduous terrain of the venue, despite early attention of Alistair Dow (Ronde) and an on form Graeme Short (Team Thomsons), he was well clear from Ian Robson (Ipswich BC) and soon snapping at the heels of the top Junior riders in the shape of Pearce Somerfield (Team Thomsons) and Hardie Bikes Conner Nally. Junior Nally came out on top of that particular tussle on the day..

Mixed in on the day were the Senior and Veteran Women, and the Doonbank event saw a controlled performance from Jane Barr (Velocity 44) who took command early on to score her first ever cross win, Barr who will contest all the remaining Scottish races, is another classy road racer to take up the challenge of Cyclocross, and is a welcome addition to the popular female class. A good strong ride from Katie Carmicheal (Hervelo) and Jo Baxter from the organising Ayr club completed the women's podium on the day.

The full results from Mark Young and his team are available here.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


Words; John McComisky
Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Round Two.

After all the fervour and success of last weekend's Falkirk race, the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series moved westward to the the second round held in the parkland and gravelly trails of Strathclyde Park.
The event organisers at the East Kilbride Road Club, have modified the course over the last few years to accommodate the larger entries that cross is now experiencing, as well as adding some technical features with rooty adverse camber and every conceivable change of surface to challenge the great and the good of the sport.

With a healthy three hundred and fifty odd competitors signed on swiftly the race card would go very much to plan. The organisers, should be credited with having to deal with errant dog walkers on the morning of the race, as well as a few nasty prangs, the biggest of which involved a curious deer, who hoofed it's way onto the course and collected a rider in the process, a first and hopefully a last for Scottish Cyclocross.

The main Ridley Senior race saw last weeks victor Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team) take to the grid, but he was without the likes of David Lines and James McCallum, both of whom had prior commitments at home and abroad. He would however have a bunch of young Scottish development talent more than able to roll him for his dough, and the seasoned Senior hordes who circulate the lowers steps of podiums and who will gasp and grab any opportunity of a win.

From the arena and start area, the clunk and scream of the omnipresent helter skelter and funfair gave way to the crack of the gun and Senior race blasted out into the lower end of the circuit. Wardell was soon grabbing the race by the throat, and had dispensed with the attentions of a very impressive Mark McGuire (, Callum MacGowan (Alpine Bikes) and Steven Halsall (VC Moulin)

With the gap stretching out to fifteen seconds, the gurgling chat at the Railway Bridge run and ride up, was all about who would be finishing second, but by lap three Wardell seemed to be in some distress, and it was clear he had hit the deck smashing his shifter.

With now only two gears and no front disc brake, the character of the race looked set to change. Change it did, and for the better with regard to Wardell, he set about blowing the race apart and was soon gapping the field by over a minute.

McGuire who had been riding gamely, also had an altercation in the woodland section but was back on it battered and bloodied, but by race end he along with the rest of the young team had to give best to Halsall, a rider who is one of the most technically gifted riders in the sport up here, and simply revels in the ruts and roots of more traditional courses. The final step of the podium went to MacGowan, the young rider, has shown well in the first two Ridley events this season, and is one to look out for future success.

At race end Wardell had this to say about victory number two “There is never an easy Cyclocross race, it throws every variable at you, wether you are at the front or the back. After my crash, I just figured on getting the head down, I was getting good split information, and it worked, I don't know how the race would have went if Davie (Lines) and James (McCallum) has been in there, but am sure they will be back to keep me company at Irvine”.And quizzed on his plans for the year “I am hoping to fit as many cross races in this year, I will be away at the end of the year to Paris for track coaching, so will miss events, but I really do love getting up on a Sunday and heading to a race, the sport is growing here, there are more and more spectators staying on to watch the action, and it is a good scene, I think it is time I tried to get over to Belgium” he quipped.

The Veteran class is the biggest supported class we have here in Scotland, and the battle for even a series point further down the ranks, is of as much interest to the onlooker as the sharp end of the race itself.
Gary McCrae (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) was the man with the target on his back after drawing first blood on the plains of Callendar Park the week previous, but as the grid was forming amid the overhanging smell of frite fat wafting and hanging across the grid, he was well aware that the Glasgow United and it's three amigos James Melville, Hans Forhaug and Stevie Jackson would be cooking up a plan for him when the gun was triggered.
From the off, there was chaos at the bottom corner with McCrae entangled in a mess of riders, with this the United “Wrecking Ball” swung into action, and before long this trio had smashed down the ramparts of the race.

Jackson so often the nearly man of the Veteran class, was in powerful leg ripping form, and his Swedish Shadow Forhaug was more than happy to keep the pace high alongside him. Melville had to make do with consolidating third place, and despite a gutsy ride from McCrae, to charge back through the traffic, he was going to have to re-group for the sand dunes of Irvine beach in a couple of weeks time.
Off the podium but a spirited ride came in the shape of Colin Bain, the home club East Kilbride rider further changing the shape of the top positions in fifth place, and adding a new rider to watch for a possible podium in later events.

Onward to the Veteran Fifty Class and first round winner Brenden Roe (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) had the fastest pit crew in Scotland in the shape of British Women's Circuit Race Champion Eileen Roe who despite recovering from a bout of illness was on hand to keep her father on the right track, and also to keep an eye on her bike which he is using to great effect.
The classic motorcycle loving Fifer was trully revved up for this weeks race, and despite being run close the previous week, was soon ploughing his own furrow in the glore and leafy glades of the Strathclyde venue. In his wake came a strong ride from Malcolm Dunlop (VC Edinburgh) who continues to go about the job of trying to wrestle a race win out of the series. New to the Veteran Fifty this year Mark Barnett (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) scored a first podium of the year in third, and is sure to be a proverbial thorn in the side of the main players, Mark has won at Scottish as well as British level in mountain bke racing, and used this experience to good use in the more natural setting of the venue
The Women of Scottish Cross never fail to put on a fine show in the Ridley Series, and the scene was further bolstered by the addition of Jane Barr (Velocity44) and the return of Isla Short (Team Thomsons) who both joined the proceedings for the first time this year, the pairing would have an on form Anne Ewing (WV Breda), Kerry McPhee (Rock and Road) as well as 2013 Series overall winner Maddy Robinson (VC Moulin) to deal with however, and it was going to be a sort out for even a podium position.
The early laps saw the cruel mistress that is Cyclocross, deal a deflating blow to Ewing though who was out of the running with a puncture. Up front there was a cracking battle between Robinson and McPhee, with this pairing knocking lumps out of each other for the race win. Robinson showed that she is well and trully back on form after her energy sapping ride at the Three Peaks earlier in the year, and was able to ride Kerry off her wheel for her first win of the year. The diminutive Short had to make do with the final step on the podium, but is sure to take a race to the girls as the series unfolds and can never be discounted.
The Veteran Female class again saw a strong performance from Sian Tovey (Dooleys Cycles), who looks like she is going to be a tough skull to crack this year, and proved it again by rattling to her second win of the year.

The youthful exuberance of the Junior class, again saw the boys ride off the front of the eighty strong field, and control proceedings for the duration of the race. Where most of the entry were off and running, these guys are blasting up the climbs, carving out the turns as well descending with fullgas. You always have to double take at the lap times of these firebrands who are more than capable of taking a race to the Senior men. At the flag Pierce Somerville proved victorious on the day from Hardie Bikes rider Conner Nally.

While we are on the subject of young talent showing a strong presence in Scottish Cyclocross, a vote for rider of the day, should go to ConnerJohnstone (Leslie bike/Bikers Boutique), this lad is no quitter, and despite having to deal with punctures, a bike change and having to ride himself back into the race from sixth place only to puncture again on the run to the line, managed to snatch a fine win in the Youth Class, possibly his hardest day in the saddle to date.

The Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series now takes a couple of weeks out before we head to Irvine and the nearest we get to Koksijde or Joksijde as the Cross fraternity name it up here. If you want to be part of the Dune race organised by Neil Walker and Walkers Cycling mob, you can get an entry here:

If however the last couple of lung burning series cross races have now, still got you wanting more of the same, the Doonbank Trofee, superbly promoted by the Ayr Roads Club have a new to the fixture list non series event this coming weekend details here,

These non series are the future of the sport up here, and need supporting.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Strathclyde Park Cross - Results

Results by myeventiming
U8s , U10s, U12s
Youths, Juniors, Women, Senior Men, Veteran Men

Results split by category for each race can be viewed on the "Results by category" tab. Create a free MYLaps account for more race data. Any queries on results should be directed to Mark Young by email - click here.

Many thanks to East Kilbride Road Club and helpers for a great day of racing in Strathclyde Country Park and also our series sponsors - Ridley, Lazer and Madison.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

DoonBank Trofee

Aye Roads CC have released the race handbook for this year's D'Bank Trofee. Click here to gain access to this season's most comprehensive race handbook.

Click here to enter online.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Series - Round One

Words: John McComisky
Images :Martin Young

Round One of the Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Series visited the autumnal and picturesque setting of Callendar Park in Falkirk yesterday for what promises to be a record breaking season. 

Event organisers Franco Porco and a David Lines, as well as a strong support team put on an incredibly fast and exciting course, with many additions to the previous years event which featured switchbacks and drops, swoops and slick turns taking in the natural landscape of the Falkirk venue.

These features were mated with a new development for 2014 - the Ridley Bikes Steps, which offered the riders the choice of running or in some cases riding the feature. Before the racing had even started in earnest, the organisers were proud to announce that a record breaking field 469 riders, 89 of them Female, had signed up for a Scottish Series event.

The course held up well despite some overnight rain, and the scene was set for a fantastic day of racing at a venue that is more than capable of putting on National Trophy and perhaps even international events in the future.

In the Senior event, World Cup mountain biker Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team) was soon at the thick end of the proceedings, along with event organiser Lines (Starley Primal), this pairing put the hammer down early on to shake off the attentions of an impressive Jack Ravenscroft (Thomsons Cycles) and a fast starting Callum MacGowan (Alpine Bikes). The full out riding of Wardell and Lines looked set to go down to a sprint finish in the sixty minute race until Lines un-shipped his chain on one of the many technical features and and despite raucous support from his home crowd, was unable to make inroads into the gap to on-form Wardell.

Behind all this drama Ravenscroft secured the last step of the podium despite a mid-race collision and one postition further back, it was solid return to cyclocross for Commonwealth Games rider James McCallum (NFTO Pro Cycling) in fourth.

The Veteran 40-49 class had the strongest field of the day with one hundred and ten riders taking to the grid, which included reigning Ridley Bike Series winner Colin May, who has moved up a category after winning Seniors last year to take on the might of Gary McCrae, John McCaffery, Alan Lamont and event co-organiser Franco Porco (Leslie Bike Sjop/ Bikers Boutique).

From the crowded and manic start, McCrae soon dispensed with the attentions of May and Glasgow United's wrecking crew of James Melville, Hans Forhaug and Stevie Jackson, and set into a race pace that saw him lap almost half the field before the chequered flag. Twenty seconds back in second was an impressive Colin May who divides his time between cycling and driving one of Edinburgh's trams, and a strong ride from Forhaug who was top United rider on the day.

The Veteran 50+ / Women/Junior race which is run as a split category saw Brenden Roe (Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique) have to work hard after a fall to see off the attentions of Alastair Dow (Ronde) who really took the race to the reigning Scottish Champion, and an impressive ride from Malcolm Dunlop (VC Edinburgh) .

The fastest Juniors though, would end up first across the line however in the shape of Andrew Vettraino (Glasgow Riderz), with local rider Jamie Mason (West Lothian Clarion) having to give best on the day. Really worthy of note though is the lap times of the Junior riders, both of these lads are more than capable of riding in the Senior class with distinction.

In the the Women’s class, Commonwealth Games road racer Anne Ewing (WV Breda) added some international flavour to the race by putting the hurt into a twenty eight strong field who took to the parcours, Ewing, fresh from stage racing in Ireland was soon in charge of the class field and finished comfortably in front of another Glasgow 2014 star Kerry McPhee (Rock and Road Cycles), another rider with a fine pedigree in international racing, with the last spot on the podium going to the impressive youngster Lucy Grant (Peebles CC).

In the Veteran Female category, a fine ride was had by former Scottish Time Trial Champion Sian Tovey (Dooleys Cycles) who is looking like a rider to watch this year for overall honours.

The Kids and Youth events, also had a fantastic turnout in all the classes, it is such a heartening sight to see the the future stars of cycling, having a safe and well organised arena to ply their skills in the setting of the park and Central Region.

After all the sweat had stopped flying, the organisers were quick to acknowledge the continued support of Ridley, Lazer Helmets and Madison, who really have enhanced Cyclocross in Scotland. Additional race sponsors on the day in the shape of Sufferfest Training, Wheelsmith, Andrew Wilson at Visual Fit, Soigneur Embrocation and Grange Kitchen are worthy too of mention in supporting grass roots cycling events.

There is also a lot of credit due to the team at Falkirk Community Trust who have liaised with a great team of ground staff to help put on what many see as the best ever event held in Scotland.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Callendar Park Cross - Results

What a great day of racing to get the 2014 Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Series up and running! We're just checking the figures, but looks like we had a total of 469 riders - a new record for Scottish Cyclocross.

Results by myeventiming
U8s & U12s
Youths, Juniors, Women, Senior Men, Veteran Men

Results split by category for each race can be viewed on the "Results by category" tab. Create a free MYLaps account for more race data. Any queries on results should be directed to Mark Young by email - click here.

Many thanks to our organisers today - David Lines and Franco Porco and also our series sponsors - Ridley, Lazer and Madison

We'd also like to thank Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust, who support events in Central Region plus Sufferfest Training, Wheelsmith, Andrew Wilson at Visual Fit, Soigneur Embrocation and Grange Kitchen

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Callendar Park Cross: event information

Event held under Scottish Cycling and British Cycling Technical Regulations

Chief Commissaire: Tom Forbes
Assistant Commissaires: Gavin Clark, Colin Chisholm, John Mc Cracken

Marshall Briefings: 09.30 at sign on tent

First Aid provider: St Andrews

Nearest hospital: Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Road, Larbert, FK5 4WR. 01324 566000

Parking – Callendar Business Park, FK1 1YR
This is the car park at the east end of Callendar Road. There is huge amount of parking available there and it will ease congestion into the park. It has a good flat tarmac surface and is 3-4 mins walk from the start. There is no parking in front of Callendar House.

Race schedule: *Note changes*
Practice – 9.15am- 9.30am (full course)
U8 – 09.50
U12 – 10.05
U14/16 - 10.45
V50+/W/J – 11.50
Practice – 12.45 – 13.00
V40 – 13.15
Seniors - 14.30

U8/12 – tbc
U14/16 – 11.30
V50+/W/J – 16.00
V40-49 – 16.00
Seniors – 16.00

Sign-on closes 20 minutes before the start of each event

Start protocol: 15 minutes before rider call up 3 loud whistles, 10 minutes before start final long whistle, gridding and rider briefing.

Sponsors: Ridley Bikes, Laser Helmets, Madison, Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust, Sufferfest Training, Wheelsmith, Andrew Wilson Visual Fit, Soigneur Embrocation, Grange Kitchen, Pedal Power Cycles, Leslie Bike Shop, Michael Dunabie Sports Massage.

Note: The event is taking place in a public park. Competitors must use the toilet facilities provided. It is an offence to urinate in public and any competitors seen doing so will be reported to the Police and can expect a penalty from the Commissaires. Toiles are located at the front of the House and also at the west side of the park, adjacent to the kiosk. Please do not use the toilet in Callendar House.

The course runs in a clockwise direction. The start for the U8/12 will be on the red blaze path at the finish line in front of the house. The start for all other races will be on the tarmac path to the east of the park next to the lake. Please gather on the grassy section next to the lake and wait to be gridded. There is approximately 300m of tarmac at the start and then riders will take a right turn and join the course. Please familiarise yourself with the start.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Ridley Cyclocross Series - Callendar Park Preview

The picturesque setting of Callendar Park and it's scenic backdrop of Callendar House plays host to round one of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross series on Sunday 5th October.

With an impressive 350 riders already entered online from Scotland and beyond, race organisers and local Falkirk racers Franco Porco (Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique) and David Lines (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) have upped the ante of Scottish Cyclocross this year and made some challenging changes to the fast and flowing course, with plenty of new features to test the cream of Scotland's and indeed the UK's best riders, as well as offering a course that will suit newcomers alike.

With this being the first event in a season long competition to crown the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series across the various categories, David and Franco have attracted international and Championship riders such as professionals in the shape of James McCallum (NFTO), who is able to concentrate on cyclocross this term. Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team), who has raced globally in World Cup Mountain Bike races and who now one of the leading lights in race coaching in the UK. These riders will face an 80 strong grid that also includes a sprightly Jack Ravenscroft of (Team Thomsons Cycles), and co-organiser David Lines who smoked the opposition in a host of races last year, and is surely heading for a step on the podium at his home event.

The Veteran 50/Women/Junior race will see the return of Isla Short (Team Thomsons Cycles), the pocket rocket is the reigning Scottish Champion, and has been racing internationally all year, her opposition will include Maddy Robinson (VC Moulin) fresh from a podium at the Three Peaks Cyclocross race last weekend. Expect some fast and furious racing from the women who race against the seasoned Veteran 50 riders in the shape of West Lothian's Bill Young (Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique) and his team mate Billy McCord, and reigning Champion Brendan Roe.

The Vet 40 class has the Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique trio of Porco, John McCaffery and Scottish Champion Gary McCrae, who will be under attack from a very strong Glasgow United team of James Melville, Hans Fourhaug and Stevie Jackson, but well worth a look out could be local racer from Falkirk Alan Lamont (Leslie Bike/BB) who is more than capable of a podium at his home event.

With a full day of races on including events for kids and youths, the hope is a noisy and large crowd will come along to the park and make a day of it. As always Scottish Cyclocross is free to watch, and there will be a host of stalls and food emporiums to visit.

The organisers would like to thank series sponsors Ridley, Lazer and Madison for series support, and a special thanks to Falkirk Council and Community Trust who support races in Central Region.

These sponsors along with Sufferfest Training, Wheelsmith, Andrew Wilson at Visual Fit. Soigneur Embrocation and the Grange Kitchen, will surely make a fun day in the park a go to event this weekend.