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Saturday 19th August – Youth TT championship.

Saturday saw the Scottish youth TT championship held in Monikie Angus.

50 riders set off at 1 minute intervals covering a lumpy 13 mile course. Starting at the South east gate of Monikie country park riders set off east bound with a strong tail wind turning north within the 1st Kilometre they made their way on open roads for 4.5 km before heading back towards Dundee with a 17 km slog into a strong headwind.

Youth races are separated into age groups, Youth A under 16’s and Youth B under 14’s with many of the youth A’s being scouted for bigger and better things in the not too distant future including Pro training camps, Team GB and Pro team selection. This separation of age groups renders gearing and equipment restrictions on the riders in an attempt to protect growing joints from injury. Gearing is measured over a set distance ( 7.93m for A and 7.43m B) measured using one full rotation of the crank in the lowest gear. TT bikes and equipment (Tribars) are banned for youth B racers however, in Youth A all TT equipment is allowed including disc wheels.

As in all time trials, the fastest is seeded to ride last. With the first Youth A rider completing the 13miles in a time of 31:30 and the first Youth B completing the course in 37:45 a thought next time you ride the ACC club TT !

Sunday 20th August – Scottish Road Race Championships

Women’s Race – 44 miles (71km)

Mens Race – 84 miles (134km)

A war of attrition broke out at 10am on Sunday morning with the start of the Women’s Road Race Championship. 44 gruelling miles on both open and closed roads. 28 of Scotland’s best amateur road racers entered into battle. The women’s race was uneventful club like ride with no breakaways or coffee stops en-route. Finishing in 1 hour 53 minutes the top 3 took to the podium as the 79 men rolled out from race HQ.

 

Neutralised for the first mile, as soon as the flag dropped, a breakaway of 15 men formed with the remainder of the field forming the peloton. Lap after lap of the 9 circuits, riders shelled out of the back unable to keep the pace. Splintering at lap 5, the lead group gained a 3 minute advantage working together well to head the, a small chase group of 7 riders formed with a further 2 minute gap ahead of the peloton which continued to throw riders to the side of the road with each mile.

Lap after lap, rider after rider, the war continued finally bringing the group back together on the final lap, out of 79 starting riders only 21 made it across the finish line with Mark Robertson from the British Army Cycling Race Team taking 1st place, 2nd Fraser Martin from Team Raleigh with  Katie Archibald’s brother Jon taking  3rd overall.

 

 

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