Wednesday, 29 October 2014

HALLOCROSS 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 http://www.browndesignandbuild.com/
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 Female...it 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 http://www.edinburghbikefitting.com/   Mr Eions coffee Trophy, Bottle of Keglevavik vodka
3rd - Pair of Cyclocross tyres Clement/ Vittoria and T-shirt from www.soulcycles.co.uk/ and www.gammatransportdivison.com

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

Panache prize from http://www.meadowlarkyoga.com/ 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 http://www.rondebike.com/

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.

RIDLEY SCOTTISH CYCLOCROSS SERIES ROUND THREE-IRVINE BEACHPARK.



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 (trainsharp.co.uk) 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

THE WRATH OF THE STRATH IS NO DETERENT FOR WARDELL



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 (Bicycles.com), 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:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/112756/Irvine-Beach-

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

Presentations:
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.

Scottish Cycling Cyclocross Championships 2014

Scottish Cycling have loosened the requirements for taking part in the Scottish Cyclocross Championships and unlike recent seasons, you will be able to race on the day 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 - you'll also need to enter by the closing date which is two weeks before the race:

12 CYCLO CROSS SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

For SC championships competitors may compete without a licence but will
not be eligible for championship placings. Refer to Tech Reg 18.1.6

Further eligibility requirements must be met:
18.1.2 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
residence.
Persons in sections (b), (c), (d) and (e) must be members of an UCI
recognised Cycling Federation.

18.1.6 Competitors in all Scottish Cycling Championships other than Road Time
Trials and Team Time Trials are required to have a full BC/SC or UCI racing
licence.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Scottish Cyclocross- Jackson Makes it Two in Bute.



Words: John McComisky.
Images: David Swann.

The second running of the Butecross event proved to be a hot and sweaty affair, giving Scottish cross racers the rare opportunity to bare some flesh before the weather takes a turn for the worse and they are up against the elements in the Ridley/Lazer Scottish Series in 2014.

One person who was never up against it however was new Butecross organiser Jim Cameron, who laid on a testing but fair parcour for seasoned racers and novices alike. The fast but technical course had some superb run-ups, twisty single track and even a football stadium setting to start and finish proceedings.

The fifty minute race proved to be the ideal last minute training race for Stevie Jackson (Glasgow United) who simply tore the heart out of the race to take a popular second win over his fellow United rider Hans Forhaug. The last spot on the podium was secured by International Fell Runner Tom Owens, who has ably swapped to pedal power.

The race for places further down the order proved just as thrilling with early Women's leader Lyndsey Carson (Thomsons Cycles) scuppered by a puncture, leaving an on form and in training for the Three Peaks Ainsley Turbitt (Velo Club Moulin) taking a popular win from Nicola Johnson (Hervelo) and an unfortunate Catherine Logan (Walkers Cycling) who was well placed before some mechanicals and race tumble.

The Butecross race bosted a 50 plus entry, and judging by the positive feedback for the event, its popularity will surely grow for next year, as it is now firmly established as part of the Rothesay Cycling weekend.

Jim and his team would like to thank the following for making the event a success.: Walkers Cycling, Gordon Watt, Bute Brewing Co, Soigneur Embrocation and the Bute Wheelers for all the help on the day.





Thursday, 14 August 2014

Scottish Cyclocross Association AGM Minutes

Minutes of the Scottish Cyclocross Association
held 15th March 2014 at The Birds and Bees, Stirling















Present
D Graham
M Steele
A Turbitt
J Melville
G Watt
D Mason
D Bell
D Shearer
M Nally
B MacFarlane
J McComisky
J Cameron
P Hutton
R Armitage

Apologies
Jammy
S Turbitt
J Marquis
E Lindsay
M Young


Agenda items discussed and resolution

Committee Election
No change

Timing Subsidy
It was agreed to continue with this as the series was very successful last year. However the entry fee will increase to £14 for all adult categories, £7 for youths and £3 For under 12s. The levy the organiser pays to SCX to help towards timing is to be increased to £1.20 a rider and a decent prize fund.

Timing
This was agreed to be put out to tender
DG, this has been done and Mark Young has been awarded the contract.

Consistency of races
Timings set for every race to keep the days consistent.
Action DG,ST and BM

Under 12s discretion to not hold a race
This was declined as they bring an awful lot to the days events.
SC have restated that they want the regional development officers to get involved and help out and try and get the clubs with youth sections to help other clubs with this event.
Action BM/SC

Full racing licence requirement for Scottish Cycling Cyclocross Championships
Ongoing with SC to drop this requirement

Points to 50th place in busy categories
Passed
MS to liase with timing to agree points etc

One number for whole season
Liaising with timing to see if this is practicable/possible/desirable

Overall time award
Liaising with timing to see if this is practicable/possible

Pre entry
We are hoping to get as much as possible, limiting the number of day entries to maybe 5 or 10 for each category was suggested. This may seem brutal but if it is well advertised beforehand then everyone will know the score. It will also allow seeding for the start to be displayed at sign on as well.

Equal prizes
It was agreed that for the three main races, men's vet 40, women's and men's seniors races that equal prize money should be awarded for these classes.
One way to help fund this, suggested by a parent, was that no money should be awarded to the youth categories only product. This was agreed by all and the committee were going to look at a cheaper rate for SCX products for organisers to award as prizes. A suggested prize fund list could be agreed with the committee before each event as most entries will be online so taking some of the guess work out of it on the day.
Action TBC

Race day clock
It was suggested that a clock be displayed to show the time to go. This was vetoed as the number of laps to go should be displayed after the competitors have finished lap number two.
AT was going to look at how this could be achieved

Liason with SC
SC have set up a committee for all "black sock" sports to sit on, SCXA, SXCA and SDA.
It was agreed that AT would be our representative

Merchandise
It was agreed to look at how we can market the merchandise in a better fashion on race days and online.
Committee discussion

Thanks
Jim Cameron was thanked for all his poster work, they really added to the series and he had posters for all the series winners.
John McAffrey was thanked for the donation of a set of numbers
Shand Cycles were thanked for the donation of a set of numbers
Lazer helmets and Ridley were thanked for their sponsorship of the series
Jammy was thanked for his ongoing work at every event
All the committee were thanked for their work throughout the year


Secretary's closing remarks
Everyone was thanked for travelling and attending
He stated that he would love to see more, smaller events being held on non series weekends and that the committee would endeavour to help anyone with one of these events.

Assistant Cyclocross Commissaire Course

Scottish Cycling are running a course for Assistant Cyclocross Commissaires to support the growth that cyclocross has seen over recent seasons.



The course lasts one day and is free. Scottish Cycling will support your training and development needs by providing you with allocated races and roles to complete the training process.  Ideally you will aim to compete your training over the CX season and once completed you will progress up to Regional CX Commissaire.

To Register for the course please fill out the Google form - click here.

Date - Saturday 6th of September.
Location – Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Room – NGB2
Time – 9-5pm

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Monday, 4 August 2014

ERC Juniors - Youths Race - 27th September

ERC Juniors are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a youth only cyclocross race again this year at Inch Park in Edinburgh on Saturday 27th September.

Last year’s race was a huge success with over 130 riders and glorious sunshine.  We can’t promise the sunshine but we can promise a great days racing.

Entries are now open online here.

We will have electronic timing and lots of great prizes for boys and girls in each category.

See our Facebook page for some great photos from last year’s race.

Friday, 1 August 2014

SCXA appoint MYEventTiming to provide Event Timing and Results Services

We're very pleased to announce that following a tendering process, we have appointed MYEventTiming as our providers of event timing and results service for the 2014 Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series and Championships.

MYEventTiming provided the majority of timing services last year and we look forward to working with Mark again this year.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Haughcross is back!

Haughcross is back for 2014 and Ronde Bicycle Outfitters are promising that it's be the biggest and best yet.

This year's cyclocross bonanza will be complimented by a cross coaching clinic run by the highly regarded Dirtschool and led by former Scottish CX Champion and Elite Mountain Biker Rab Wardell.

Race results will be provided by MYEVENTTIMING's chip timing service.

As well as the infamous whisky short cut there will also be the ever popular up and over ramp - theres even talk of a wall ride and wobble top ramp section courtesy of Dirtschool...

Join us for an evening of highly charged cyclocross racing and much more. Experience the cheer of the crowd, and the ringing of cowbells. Spectators can enjoy racing of all abilities, from the best the UK has to offer to absolute beginners.

Following the race, a family ceilidh and BBQ will take place in the marquee. Entry for spectators is FREE but all donations towards the costs for this exceptional event gratefully received. To coincide with this extravaganza there will be a bicycle trade village bringing you the world’s best cycling brands.

During the racing the band, Forever Young: The Go Figures will be playing in the AVD Festival Marquee.

Puddledub Hog Roasting will be on sale and a beer tent with some of Scotland's finest beer and ale on tap to wash it down.

Register at The AVD Festival Marquee (1.00pm-4.30pm) no entries accepted after 4.30pm
4.45pm Youth, Novice and U16s Race starts - £8.00
5.45pm Mass Start - Vets, Junior, Women’s Race and Men’s Open starts - £15.00
Silver Sands Playing Field

- Online entry is now open on EntryCentral.com
- Entry enquiries via Ronde Bicycle Outfitters and check our Facebook Page for any updates
- More details to follow re the Dirtschool's Cross Clinic with Rab Wardell

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Invitation to tender: Event Timing and Results Service

Scottish Cyclocross is seeking to appoint a timing partner to provide chip timing and results services
for the 2014/2015 race series. The series comprises six rounds plus the Scottish Championships,
each involving one day of racing.



For further details, please download the tender document from this link:

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Scottish Cyclocross Association AGM 2014 & 2013 Awards


The 2014 Scottish Cyclocross Association AGM & 2013 Awards will be held on Saturday 15th March at 13:00 in The Birds and Bees, Causewayhead, Stirling. 

Come along and help shape the Scottish Cyclocross series for the 2014 season and beyond. We'll also be presenting trophies to the 2013 Scottish Cyclocross series winners and celebrating their achievements.

Agenda items should be submitted to the Scottish Cyclocross Association Secretary using the Contact Us form on the right hand side of this page, or publically on the Feedback page. Please ensure that any items are submitted by 1st March.

p.s. you can find minutes from the 2013 AGM here.

Monday, 6 January 2014

THE FULL MONTY







Pedal Powered Victory For Montgomerie

Article:John McComisky
Images: Velosportive (Rob Simpson)

Sunday January 5th saw the third edition of the Biggest Cyclocross race in Scotland take on the Bo'ness Shoreline and Bo'ness Dock area. Dig In at the Dock Cyclocross race lived up to all the hype and excitement of previous years with a massive crowd of cycling fans, racers and townsfolk soaking up the heady atmosphere of all that is good about cycling.

The Pedal Power sponsored event brought out the very best Scottish professional riders to pit their skills against a 123 strong field on the day, some of whom it would be the first ever cycling race they have ever taken part in.


With even the weather behaving itself for the afternoon, the scene was set for some fun and frolics from the noisy, appreciative 1000 strong crowd who turned the shore into a colourful, carnival of Cyclocross, many dressing up, playing trombones, banging drums and ringing out the free cowbells provided by the race sponsors. They were to be treated to a fast but muddy course that not only took in the now famous Bo'ness cobbles but the surrounding shoreline and Harbour area.

Straight from the blast of the gun, Commonwealth Games hopeful Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team) set off with International riders Gareth Montgomerie (Pedal Power) , David Lines (Starley-Primal) and the impressive Gary McCrae (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique) to form a fast train, who soon had battered the remaining 100 plus riders into oblivion.

The fast pace of the race the race meant that all over the course, riders were soon locked together freight train style along the quayside, and groups of racers were soon having very personal little battles of their own to stay upright and take on the slippery course and running sections.

While the top lads were slugging it out, diminutive Isla Short (Team Thomsons) was bossing the female category, using the event in preparation for next weekends British Championships in Derby. Short showed a very clean pair of heels to fend off Scottish Ridley Series winner Maddy Robinson (Velo Club Moulin), who despite getting her war paint of provided by the face-painters, could not close the gap, but did enough to keep the impressive Edinburgh teenager Emma Borthwick (Tri-Centre) in third slot.

With the hour race in full swing and thumping entertainment provided by a 15 piece Samba band (Sambalistic) the rhythm of the race was culminating in an exciting finale as leaders Montgomerie, Lines and McCrae steamed onto the last lap, with the ever present Wardell closing them down despite a pit stop for a wheel change

As the enthusiastic crowd craned their necks in the arena, it was to be a perfect hollywood ending for an arms raised Gareth Montgomerie who took the win for event sponsor Pedal Power took the race win and the £100 first prize haul, he also received the adulation of the crowd and a ceremonial Dig In a the the Dock cowbell, to score a victory at the Bo'ness event for the first time in three years of trying. Falkirk's favourite Fireman lit up second place from an impressive Scottish Champion winning Veteran McCrae, who kept the younger riders very honest..

In the Junior Class sponsored by Bo'ness towns Jimmy Smellie, Harry Johnston (Team Thomsons) rode well to keep West Lothian team mate Jamie Mason in second with a fantastic podium form Ruari Yeoman (East Kilbride Road Club).

Awards were also won in the Over 40 & 50 classes with Granite City racer Alastair Watt and Velo Club Edinburgh's Malcolm Dunlop taking the spoils


The organisers have so many people to thank but in on a local level the public of Boness who came down and supported the race, and make the atmosphere and a family friendly race possible.
The Falkirk Community Trust for giving permission to hold the race in the Dock Area, Falkirk Council for preparing the course area beforehand.
The event thrives not only in local community, but also all over the world with massive interest from the International Cyclocross community.


The event organisers Dave Hamill and John McComisky wish to also thank the following for supporting this not for profit event:

Jonny McBain (Pedal Power), Endura, Ridley/Lazer/Madison, Big Bobble Hats, The Grange Kitchen, Billy McCord, Alpine Bikes, Costa Cycling, Doctor Peter Ward, Andrew Bell, East Kilbride Road Club, Anthony Robson, Denise Schoefield, Meadowlark Yoga, Jimmy Smellie, and all the trade and volunteer marshals and first aid.




Sunday, 5 January 2014

Pedal Power #DIATD Results!

Resuilts from today's stupendous Pedal Power Dig In at the Dock are available here

Any queries or corrections to the.timing.guys@gmail.com

If you're not familiar with TLI age categories, then these are:

Junior 16 to 17
Senior 18 to 29
Master 30 to 39
Veteran A 40 to 44
Veteran B 45 to 49
Veteran C 50 to 54
Veteran D 55 to 59
Veteran E 60 to 64
Veteran F 65 to 69
Veteran G 70 to 74
Veteran H 75 plus

So in the results VM_A (1) is first placed Veteran A male, MF (1) is first placed Master Female, and so on...

West Lothian Clarion Youth CX




Further information and online entry available on the British Cycling website - click here.