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

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

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.

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
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

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

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
- 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


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

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.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Spectator Information for #DIATD

The Dig In at the Dock crew have produced a guide for spectators heading for the cross fun in Bo'ness this Sunday - you can download the guide here.

Racers have been emailed a pack with more information on what's in store. If you haven't received this then get in touch with the organisers on the event Facebook page or by using the Comments section below (but check your Junk Email folder first).

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Docksijde 2014


Words: John McComisky
Images: Anthony Robson, Addy Pope and Beau Bissett.

Latest update for the Pedal Power Dig In at the Dock Open Cyclocross race on 5th January 2014, is that after some course modification and added technical features, the race will hold a rider line up of over 150 racers.
This in itself makes it one of the largest fields for a one day, one off ever held in Scotland, and as well as the Pro riders the organisers have selected some raw novices to make a debut on the fast and challenging course.

The best riders already down to ride are top Scottish professional riders and previous winners James McCallum (NFTO Cycling Team) Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team), Gareth Montgomerie and current winning-est rider in Scottish Cyclocross David Lines (Starley-Primal) as well as Tour of Britain sensation Ben Greenwood.
The top pro riders will take on Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Veteran Champion Gary McCrae(Leslie Bikes), and hot to trot Women's series winner Maddie Robinson (VC Moulin) in the unique one race event. Throw in Scottish Women's Champion Isla Short (Team Thomsons) and another 25 female riders and you have an incredibly diverse field for spectators to cheer on.

With that in mind Event Organiser David Hamill has conncocted a fine amount of cross crazy fun for those just spectating and supporting the race. 
"The loudest spectator prize Alpine Bikes have kindly sponsored the prize for the loudest spectator award. This competition will judged at either side of the wee bridge. There will be steps that force the riders to dismount on either side of this bridge so come and  give them some support and you could win a prize. Our secret judges will choose the person they think has provided the most enthusiastic support. The prize will be awarded before the raffle is drawn and the winner will be given £50 Alpine Bikes voucher, a cyclocross book and a CX Magazine hipflask full of malt whisky. The best fan placard/umbrella This is another spectator competition and is sponsored by Costa Cycling Experience. Entrants should choose a rider from the start list and make a placard or decorate an umbrella in their honour and then wave it about during the race. Fraser from Costa Cycling Experience will choose the one he thinks is the best just before the hand-up raffle so bring it along to that and wave it around. The winner will be given a £50 M&S voucher, a cyclocross book and probably something else we’ll think of between now and then"


The event has also maintained race sponsorship from Pedalpower in West Calder, one of Scotland's largest retail cycle shops, who will be bringing down their full Endura Cycle Clothing range at January Sale prices as well as having a on site presence from Giant, Cannondale and Ridley in the pro cycling arena zone.

There are further entertainments in the shape of live commentary, the Sambalistic Samba Band, a collectable race programme, as well as the now traditional Raffle competition to finish the day off in style.
Throughout the day the Grange Kitchen will provide healthy hot and cold food to riders and spectators alike.
If you are looking for a healthy start to the year , the only place to be on the 5th of January is Bo'ness, action starts from 11am, with the hour long race scheduled for 1pm.

The Organisers wish to thank it's event partners: Pedal Power West Calder, Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Council and Grounds Department, Ridley, Lazer, Madison, Endura, Costa Cycling, Alpine Bikes, Big Bobble Hats, Ride it like you Stole It Design, The Grange Kitchen, Giant, Cannondale, Meadowlark Yoga, Jac and Chris Marquis and Jammy Johnstone, Scottish Cyclocross,Billy McCord, East Kilbride Cycling Club, Craig Hardie and Jimmy Smellie.

1 Robert Wardell Orange Monkey Pro Team
2 Gareth Montgomerie TBC
3 James McCallum NFTO Pro Cycling
4 Elizabeth Adams Glasgow Green Cycling Club
5 Matthew Allen Cormorant RT
6 Erika Allen Team Thomsons Cycles
7 Robert Armitage Kinross CC
8 Dermot Bailie Edinburgh Road Club
9 Colin Bain East Kilbride Road Club
10 Kevin Barclay
11 Ronald Barker Rockhard MBC
12 Cathy Barlow Royal Albert CC
13 Jason Barnes Glasgow Nightingale CC
14 Mark Barnett Leslie bike shop/bikers boutique
15 Gary Beall Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
16 Richard Beard The Bikestation
17 Stevie Begen East Kilbride
18 Ross Black Glasgow United CC
19 Rob Bloor Edinburgh RC
20 Emma Borthwick The Tri Centre
21 Andrew Bothwell Edinburgh Road Club
22 Karen Breneman Edinburgh Road Club
23 Morven Brown Dales Cycles
24 Kirsten Cameron Edinburgh Triathletes
25 Roger Campbell-Crawford Team Thomsons Cycles
26 David Carlin Unattached
27 Paul Carmichael Peebles CC
28 Lyndsey Carson Team Thomsons Cycles
29 Gordon Chisholm Perth United Cycling Club
30 Anne Chisholm Perth United Cycling Club
31 Sean Clark Velo Sportive
32 Carina Convery Sandy Wallace Cycles
33 Graeme Cross
34 Chris Di Placito Hardie-Bikes
35 Gordon Dickson Rockhard MBC
36 Richard Docherty Unattached
37 Gary Douglas Happy Trails cc
38 Stuart Dun Unattached
39 Chris Duncan Velo Club Moulin
40 Malcolm Dunlop Veloclub Edinburgh
41 Eric Easton Edinburgh Road Club
42 Iain Elliott West Lothian Clarion
43 Duncan Ewing
44 Paul Fairbairn Ronde
45 Simon Fairfull Velo Club Moulin
46 Mark Forrest Team Thomsons Cycles
47 James Fraser-Moodie Pedal Power
48 Craig Gilmour Falkirk Bike Club
49 Jonathan Goldstraw Stewartry Wheelers
50 Sean Gordon Team Thomsons Cycles
51 Davie Graham Velo Club Moulin
52 Stuart Green Graham Weigh Cycles
53 Ben Greenwood Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
54 Baird Greig
55 Stevie Halsall Velo Club Moulin
56 Paul Hamer Scottish Fire and Rescue
57 David Hamill Pedal Power RT
58 Jonathan Herbert VC Glasgow South
59 David Hicks Airthrey Antics Racing
60 Ian Hockey East Kilbride Road Club
61 Paul Hutton Kinross CC
62 Stephen Jackson Glasgow United
63 Harry Johnston Team Thomsons Cycles
64 Gary Johnstone Unattached
65 Marek Jurasinski Unattached
66 Graeme Kelly
67 Scott Kerr Walkers CC
68 Simon Kirkness The Tri Centre
69 Alan Lamont Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
70 Jann Lapsley Johnstone Wheelers
71 Euan Lindsay
72 Jason Lindsay Muky Riderz
73 David Lines Starley Primal Pro Cycling
74 Ally Little Perth United Cycling Club
75 Scott Logan The Bicycle Works
76 Catherine Logan Walkers Cycling Club
77 Gordon Mackenzie Velo Club Moulin
78 Zara Mair South Lanarkshire CC
79 Michael Martin East Kilbride Road Club
80 David Mason West Lothian Clarion
81 Jamie Mason West Lothian Clarion
82 Gavin May Velo Club Moulin
83 John McCaffery Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
84 Brian McCardle East Kilbride Road Club
85 Billy McCord Dundee Thistle RC
86 Gary McCrae Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
87 Nick McCue Unattached
88 Stephen McDowall Pedal Power RT
89 Hayley McEwan Royal Albert CC
90 Alasdair McGill Carse of Gowrie Velo
91 Paul McInally Rock & Road Cycles
92 James McPake GJS Cruise Racing
93 James Melville Glasgow United CC
94 Jason Merrilees Scottish Fire and Rescue
95 Brendan Milliken Velo Club Moulin
96 Fraser Moore T.A. Ciclismo
97 Colin Moulson T.A. Ciclismo
98 Russell Mowat Walkers Cycling Club
99 Paul Newnham Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
100 Charlie Orr Wolfbrothers International
101 James Orr Wolfbrothers International
102 Craig Owen Unattached
103 John Owen Bicycle Works
104 John Parkinson Here Come the Belgians
105 Lauri Peil Edinburgh Road Club
106 Howard Perkins Unattached
107 Owen Philipson Stirling BC/The Drum-Up
108 Alan Picken Hooked on Cycling
109 Addy Pope Velo Club Moulin
110 Franco Porco Leslie Bike Shop/ Bikers Boutique
111 Iain Pryde Deeside Thistle CC
112 Stuart Punton Kinross CC
113 John Reid Stirling Bike Club
114 Maddy Robinson Velo Club Moulin
115 Anthony Robson Ride It Like You Stole It
116 Scott Russell Walkers Cycling Club
117 Oliver Samphier Stirling B C
118 Gordon Scott West Lothian Clarion
119 Graeme Scott Happy Trails Cross Collective
120 Alan Shanley West Lothian Clarion
121 Douglas Shearer Innerleither MTB Racing
122 Bryan Shedden Alpine Bikes
123 Isla Short Team Thomsons Cycles
124 Lorna Sloan Walkers Cycling Club
125 Gary Smith Team Falkirk Community Trust
126 James Speakman Unattached
127 Martin Steele Velo Club Moulin
128 Rob Storey Unattached
129 Russell Stout Velo Club Moulin
130 Joanne Thom Edinburgh Road Club
131 Campbell Thomson FBW
132 Sandy Thomson Mill Road Mincers
133 Grant Thomson Unattached
134 Gary Tompsett Unattached
135 Sian Tovey Dooleys Cycles RT
136 Gordon Traynor Spokes RT
137 Steven Turbitt Glasgow United Cycling Club
138 Ainsley Turbitt Velo Club Moulin
139 Andrew Turnbull Velocity44
140 Fiona Walker Walkers Cycling Club
141 Neil Walker Walkers Cycling Club
142 Graeme Warren Unattached
143 Gordon Watt Deeside Thistle CC
144 Alister Watt Granite City RT
145 Cameron Weir Unattached
146 George Welch East Kilbride Road Club
147 Ally Wight Hardrock Hoodlums
148 Paula Wilson Walkers Cycling Club
149 Teri Wishart Velo Club Moulin
150 Ruari Yeoman East Kilbride Road Club
151 Bill Young Pedal Power RT

Further information available here:

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Posters by Uisgeanach

Jim Cameron's brilliant series of posters for the Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Series are now available in printed form.

Jim is printing a limited run of these in Glasgow on high quality 190gsm satin poster paper. All profits are to go into  BELLACX - a new race he's planning for 2014 in Ballahouston Park.

Full SCX Series (700mm x 500mm)  £35
Individual races (290mm square) £20

Drop Jim an email by 31st December to place an order and follow him on Twitter for updates - @uisgeanach

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ridley Bikes Cylocross Series 2013 - League Tables

Final league tables for the 2013 Ridley Bikes Cylocross Series are now available to download - click here.

If you spot any issues then please get in touch using the Contact Us form >>>

More soon...


Monday, 16 December 2013

Cross at the Castle 2 - Results Newsflash

Provisional results from the Sunday's racing at Glengorm Castle including the Santacross World Championships and the Scottish Singlespeed Cyclocross Championships.

Women, Juniors & Veterans
Senior / Open

Please send any queries to the timing team as soon as possible -

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Cross at the Castle 1 - Results Newsflash

Provisional results from the final round of the Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Series.

U8s & U12s - to follow
Women, Juniors & Veterans
Senior / Open

Please send any queries to the timing team as soon as possible -

League tables will be published once results are finalised.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Cross at the Castle - Race Timetables

Race times will be slightly different this weekend to fit in with ferry times.

Saturday - Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Series - Round Six
10.45 Under 8s
11.05 Under 12s
11.45 Youths
12.45 Veteran 40-49
12.45+30s Juniors
12.45+45s Veteran 50+
12.46 Women
13.45 Senior / Open

09.40 Under 8s
10.00 Under 12s 
10.40 Youths (incl Santa-cross World Champs)
11.40 Juniors (incl Santa-cross World Champs)
11.40+15s Vets (incl Santa-cross World Champs)
11.40+45s Vets 50+ (incl Santa-cross World Champs)
11.41+15s Women (incl Santa-cross World Champs)
12.40 Senior / Open (incl Santa-cross World Champs)
12.40+3s Scottish Single Speed Championship (incl Santa-cross Single Speed World Champs)

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ridley Bikes Scottish CX Championships - Results Newsflash!

Congratulations to our new Scottish cyclo-cross champions!
Under 8 (Support Race)
Under 12
Youth Under 14 & Youth Under 16
Junior Male, Female, Veteran Male 50-49, Veteran 60+
Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars Veteran Male 40-49
Scot JCB Senior / Open Male

Thanks to The Tri Centre / Edinburgh Road Club for organising the biggest Scottish Cyclo-cross Championships to date and also to Foxlake Adventures for hosting us.

Thanks also to our sponsors Ridley Bikes and Lazer Helmets for their sponsorship and Adam and Dave for supporting the event. Also, thank you to Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars and Scot JCB for category sponsorships.

Finally, thanks to myeventtiming and event officials for all of their hard work.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Championships - Race Info

The Tri Centre have been in touch with final details ahead of this weekend's Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Championships at Foxlake Adventures.

Remember that there's no entry on the day for any of the categories and you'll need a full British Cycling race licence - these will be checked at sign on.

Entry list at 5th December (from British Cycling's website) can be viewed here.

If you're not racing, then come along and MAKE SOME NOISE!


Any changes will be notified at sign-on.

Venue Map (click to make bigger)

Course Map (click to make bigger)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Friday, 29 November 2013

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Strathclyde Park - Revised Results

As you'll know, the timing providers used at Strathclyde Park - What's My Time - ran into a couple of issues on the day which resulted in problems with the published results.

* Senior Female, Junior Male, U14 Female and U14 Male - issues with mis-identified riders in these categories have now been resolved and league tables updated.  Revised results have been submitted to Scottish Cycling for British Cycling points.
You can find the revised results here.

* Veteran 40-49 Male - unfortunately, the timing providers have been unable to resolve the issue where the final lap was "lost" for riders who finished between 20 to 43 and 60 to 72. Final lap times for these riders are based on average lap times to give an estimate of the final position.

Apologies for the problems with this set of results and thanks to Bob McFarlane at Scottish Cycling and Chief Commissaire, Bill McKechnie for their help.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Enter the Sandman - Lines Draws Number Three in the Sand

Words: John McComisky
Images: Fraser Waters (

Before we even start this report, there has to be a huge amount of praise to Neil Walker and the Walkers Cycling Club who put on a “Sandtastic” event at The Irvine Beach Park on Sunday. A few new additions to the already classic dune course included more adverse camber, some bulletproof steeplechase hurdles, which mated so well with a longer lap and a challenging course that tested the 300 plus riders to the max.

The Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Round 4 saw the arrival of Rab Wardell (Trek Factory) back from some rest after his globe-trotting trip to Brazil last month, as well as a double round winning David Lines (MG-Maxifuel) who had really put the heat on the opposition at Knockburn Loch and Strathclyde Park.

This Senior class has thrown up more than its fair share of surprises this season, but all the talk in the dunes was who would be taking the race to Lines. From the off the answer to that question became very apparent, as Wardell got a wriggle on and was soon building up a commanding lead. With Lines in pursuit and maintaining a gap on the very impressive Mountain bike riding Paul Newham (Team Leslie Bikes) and a gaggle of riders that included overall Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series leader Colin May (Velo Club Edinburgh) and a hard charging Sean Clark (Velo Sportive) the race looked like the rhythm had been set for the hour.

But just as things were looking like heading the way of Wardell, Lines soon started clawing his way back through the sand and unleashed a full gas attack on the victory honours.

Lap after lap the lead had swung time gap wise back and forth, with Lines, making up ground on the normally un-rideable run up (Newham and some of the hot Juniors were nailing it here too) and as the race reached its climax, Lines dropped the hammer to keep Wardell honest, to take a superb triple crown of Ridley Series victories, with Newham equally impressive in third taking the flat bar option.

It is also important to note that Colin May and his single-speed mount will leave the series for some well earned rest, and I am sure that a few of the leader-board riders will be glad that he won't be terrorising them.

Scottish Cyclocross has pushed the bar very high now, with riders of the quality to compete at the sharp end of National Trophy races, and that display at Irvine will be talked about for a very long time.

With the Scottish Championships in two weeks, can anyone stop the popular Lines? It certainly won't be Wardell as he has training camp commitments in Girona.

The V40 category again served up thrills and spills almost from the crack of the starters pistol, as the seventy-seven strong field thundered along the Beach Park into the finishing arena for the first time. Despite the melee that occurred with bikes and bodies entangled, the top guns were soon well clear and putting the hurt into the front of the race.

Gary McCrae (Team Leslie Bikes), simply rode everyone off his wheel, despite having an early tangle in the sand with team mate Franco Porco. As McCrae held court at the sharp end it was left to John Woodrow (Sandy Wallace Cycles) to continue his impressive run of form, and see off Porco for the last podium place. 

Of note was the return to racing action of James Melville (Glasgow United) who bravely fought of the gnawing pain of a broken rib to ride home in fourth. The day was Gary McRae's though, as he not only won on the beach, he also scooped the overall Veteran Forty Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series Championship for 2013 with a round to go.

The Veteran 50+ / Womens / Junior race saw again the top Junior lads riding hard off the front throughout the race, Rory Mellis (Ronde) has been showing well this season, and despite the attentions of Conor Nally (Hardie Bikes) and the vocal support of mentor Craig Hardie, he just could not close in on the win.In the twenty seven strong Veteran Fifty class no-one was going to get a look in at Brendan Roe, who now has an unassailable lead in the class. Nearest challenger Bill Young (Pedal Power RT), popped a tub near race end to allow a good ride from Malcolm Dunlop to take second, with home-grown Robert Earp (Walkers Cycling) nabbing the last podium place.

The concurrently run Women's race saw a strong field assemble on the challenging course, With Series leader Maddy Robinson (VC Moulin), not having the best day on the parcours of Irvine, that in itself should not diminish the ride of Kerry McPhee (Rock and Road) who finally broke her duck to take a first ever Ridley Series win in the Senior Female class. All the more remarkable that the day before she was out riding for six hours on her MTB, and post cross race hit the pool for a couple of hours!!.

The most impressive ride of the afternoon though came in the shape of diminutive Isla Short (Team Thomsons Cycles) who smashed the entire field, to finish first past the post as well as take the Junior Female plaudits. Isla may be short in stature but she ain’t short on talent. The best of the Veteran Females again went to Stirling Bike Club's Brenda Callender from Lorna Sloan.

Under 8s
Under 12s
Women, Juniors & Veteran 50+
Veteran 40-49
Senior / Open

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Lochore Meadows CX

Kinross CC & Sandy Wallace Cycles bring you the Lochore Meadows CX on 1st December, the perfect warm-up for the Ridley Bikes Scottish Cyclocross Championships.

Online entry is open - click here - until midnight on Wednesday. With on-the-day entries limited to a maximum of 30 places across all categories, enter online now to guarantee you a place on the start line. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Cross at the Fun-park

Report & photos: Addy Pope |

 The 4th round of the 2013 Ridley SCX series was hosted by 
East Kilbride Road Club at Strathclyde Country Park. Last year’s Scottish champs were postponed due to ice and the morning of the race was clear and fresh. Arriving at the venue at 10 am i hopped out the van and almost ended up on my ass. The car park was more than a touch slippery. Making our way up to the course it was clear that the organisers had been breaking up the puddles of ice to make the course as safe as possible for the kids races.

The course for the kids looked great. Some tight turns in the car park, a long back straight on a smooth, dirt surface and an evil section of off-camber where the brave could make up places by taking the hi-line and testing their tyre grip. Now, i would like to post some pics from the race, but i had a battery fail. Both had failed to charge, despite indicating that they were charging. Luckily one of the organisers has the same camera and lent me a spare. I then proceeded to take 100 shots before noticing that the camera was still on manual focus (from Hallocross). Not exactly slick! So, sorry for not getting anything for the junior races, but full results can be found HERE.
Onto the races that i managed to watch. The Under 14s and Under 16s saw some great racing. Walking round the course with Dave Hamill, we were both really impressed by some of their line choices. Many of the older riders could learn a thing or two from them. One less fortunate line choice was taken by Sean Flynn (ERC) who was on the wheel of another rider when they narrowly avoided a tree. Un-sighted, Sean didn’t miss the tree and hit it pretty hard with his head. We checked he was ok and he was back on the bike riding strongly to win his class. Chapeau.
Perfect conditions
The organisers took the last minute decision to split the Vet 40s out into a separate race. This meant more hanging about for the seniors, but it was definitely the right thing to do and probably resulted in better racing for everyone. So the Vet50s, Women and Juniors raced together. Brendan Roe is in a different class this year and destroyed the field to win by some margin and extend his lead overall. Same goes for Maddy Robinson (VCM), who got into the lead early on and stayed there. She has only been beaten this year by Brendan’s daughter Eileen. The Junior race was taken by Harry Johnston.
Roe – Bossin’ it through the leaves
Maddy on her way to another win
The Vet 40s always attracts a big field and this event saw close to 100 take the start. By the way, the new gun we seem to have is damn loud! With such a big field, getting to the front was important as the back section of the course was tight and fast. VCM rider Miffi Muir got squeezed on one section, collecting a log with his pedal and, by all accounts, skittling the pack. The crash ended the race for a few riders and produced a bit of a split in the field. Things calmed down a bit but those old boys race hard and i saw quite a bit of “rubbin’” especially on the final lap. After his trade mark fast start, Stevie Jackson was reeled in by Gary McCrae and John Woodrow who took 1st and 3rd respectively. CX Addict’s Fraser Waters (VCM) looked set to take his first points of the season but unfortunately ripped his rear mech off on the last lap and had to run. Well, it would be a shame to see all that triathlon training go to waste ;)
neck and neck
Juniors fighting it out
The senior men were the last to race and it was another big field. I slotted in on the second row, giving my surprise 1st row slot to Davie Lines who’s name had not been read out but clearly had more points than me. This act of chivalry was actually a cunning ploy to avoid the massive puddles and get the smooth line to the tarmac. It worked. I slotted into about 5th as we hit the grass. The leaders went left, i stayed right and was a little surprised to reach the ditch in the lead. I managed to hold the lead for about 10 seconds before starting my inevitable slide to about 15th. The course was brutal. The big climb was long and steep, the run was slippery and narrow and every fast section seemed to end with a tight, muddy corner that wanted to dump you on the ground. The Strathclyde race has a reputation for being a slog, but the changes that the organisers made for this year resulted in great racing and smiles all-round. OK, there were still a few bust rear-mechs but not as many as last year.
Doc Pedro
Doc Pedro
Shock as CX bike holds up mtbs……
Logan and Warren
More pics can be found here. A big thanks to the EKRC and everyone else who chipped in to make the event happen. Next up is Cross at the Beach in Irvine with it’s now infamous dunes and sand slog. Cant wait!
Some other write ups and photos from the race:

Click here for full results.
Edit: see this article for an explanation of the revisions made to the orginal results. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Johnstone Jets Lafarge Tarmac CX - Results!

Results from Johnstone Jets Lafarge Tarmac CX:

Under 14 / Under 16
Under 12
Under 10
Under 8

Please get in touch with the organiser directly if you have any results queries.

Dig In at the Dock, Bo'ness January 5th 2014

A wee update from Dave Hamill on the opening of entries for #DIATD 
Entry to the race will open at 7pm on Monday. As we've said before there will be 100 spaces on a first-come-first-serve basis. There will be another 30 places that will be selected from the unlimited waiting list. So even if all of the 100 places are gone please still enter if you want to race. We'll use our judgement to select the field on what we think is best for the race. Entry Central have set up a Hot Ticket system that means when you begin your entry you'll have 10 minutes for which that place will be allocated to you. This will hopefully save the situation where the race sells out before you get all your details entered. Last year this race sold out in a matter of hours so if you want to get in then be ready at 7pm on Monday to enter. Here.