Some GRC riders took part in the Pennyglen time trial, held over 15 miles of hilly and rolling roads in Ayrshire.
Best placed Euan Pope managed 10th place, losing almost 3 minutes to winner Alan Thompson of Sandy Wallace Cycles. Euan has come into this season a little slower than last year but will pick up better form as we enter the summer months. Paul Friel also beat the 40 minute mark.
Peter Murdoch (Paisley Velo Racing Team) took the honours in tonight’s Margaret Dooley Memorial 10, held in poor weather on the Newton Mearns course. His time of 21:05 was almost a whole minute quicker than team mate Ian Sim who took second place. Paul McLafferty (Ivy CC and son of the legendary Gus) has been making impressive improvements over the last year and he took a fine third place with a time of 22:25
The event also saw the welcome return of the Road Club’s George Cowan who was the fastest rider over the age of 60 – it’s early days but looks like the old magic is still there.
The second annual Kilmacolm Kermesse was held today in fair but chilly conditions on the rolling roads of Renfrewshire. Following his recent 4th place in the Rutland Cicle Classic, James McCallum (NFTO Racing) was strong enough to attack late on for a fine solo win.
Thanks to all the helpers today who gave up their time to put on this race. Thanks also to Andrew Black of Ellmoll Builders, Alan Hewitt of Madison, Alan Kay from Zyro, Bob Taylor and Alan Holmes the Jeweller, all of whom contributed to the prize list.
The start list for Sunday’s Kilmacolm Kermesse has been announced and is shown below.
Following last year’s successful event, this promises to continue where that left off. Good luck to all riders taking part.
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Robert Robertson and Paul McSkimming rode strongly to take third and fourth place at today’s Straiton Struggle Road Race, held in Ayrshire.
The two ‘Road Club riders worked hard to peg back eventual winner Kenny Armstrong (Ayr Roads) but could not make up the half minute gap that was created and maintained on the final climb to the finish line.
In the summer of 2013, following a number of years in the cycling wilderness, Dominic Free decided enough was enough and got back into some serious training. We caught up with him to find out more about his comeback, how his training is going, and his motivations for the coming season.
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Following the success of last year’s Kilmacolm Kermesse, the Glasgow Road Club will be running the event again at 12pm on 4 May 2014. This is going to be a ‘National B Category’ road race held over an 8-lap 65 mile course in the rolling Renfrewshire hills.
Further details to follow, including how to enter.
Euan Pope capped a good season in impressive style today, winning silver in the Scottish National Hillclimb Championships ’up the kirk’ at Blairlogie in Stirlingshire.
Euan Pope powered his low profile machine to 5th place in today’s 28.5 Tour de Trossachs time trial. The race was won by Silas Goldsworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) who showed class and terrific form in beating Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Racing Team) into second place by over one minute. Euan was also fifth place in the Dukes Pass hillclimb spot prize.
Three GRC riders took to the start of this year’s edition of the Tour of the Campsies, held around a demanding 25 mile course in Stirlingshire that includes the long, arduous ‘Crow Road’ climb out of Lennoxtown. Danny McShane’s 1-4-42 was good enough for 6th place in a race won by one of Scotland’s best short-distance testers, Ben Peacock of Paisley Velo Racing Team. He beat previous race winner Arthur Doyle (Dooleys) into second place by 21 seconds.