Who would have thought that in late October it could be possible to enjoy two sunny and calm days in south west Scotland?
Round 2 of the Cyclo Cross National Trophy Series at the weekend was not only held on a great course but in a stunning setting, adjacent to the beach and with great views over the Isle of Arran. The weather was probably as perfect as it could be for any time of year. Cold, maybe but with no wind and the sun shining all day long, it made for a very pleasant experience.
The racing was first class and very exciting…..
Due to the good weather reducing the need for a large team in the pits, I was able to wander around the course during each race, watching the various riders I help and snatching some photos. I literally walked miles – going from one end of the course to the other during each race, enjoying the racing but also the surrounding scenery.
First race on Sunday was the Junior Men. Jenson Young rode like a man possessed to secure a commanding win over a very strong chasing group. Rider number one, on the top of the podium and after two events, into the series lead. Then there was some strong and spirited rides in the Youth races quickly followed by another stunning National’s ride by Katie Scott in the Women’s race, eventually taking second place in the Juniors and 6th overall.
This helped Katie get onto equal points with two other Junior riders so she is now joint series leader – can’t wait for Crawley!
The Junior Men’s and Women’s race had been exciting enough but next up were the Elite and U23 Men. As the race progressed Callum Macleod looked stronger and stronger and showed his bunny-hopping skills to come first U23 and a very impressive 3rd overall.
So, a good day out at the races – I am glad I had elected to drive back the following morning after the long and exciting day. It was exhausting!
A big well done to all the riders I help and in particular those that we saw on the podium. It all bodes well for the National Series and quite a few more long days out watching from the sidelines. Probably won’t be so quiet in the pits though….