ScottishPower MiniDownhill Series round 4 Comrie Croft 25th May Race Report
For the final regional round of the ScottishPower MiniDownhill series it was off to Comrie Croft in Perthshire. With the short challenge course in Newmilns the previous day it was time for something a bit different at Comrie, a big course! Verging on national series standard run times the blue trail at Comrie had the rollers and berms to challenge the technique but also the distance to really test the endurance of the riders.
First to race starting at the very top of the hill where the under 16's. Only 5 riders managed to break the 3 minute barrier on the long course the under 16's podium being most of them. With Stirling Bike Clubs Logan Dow in 3rd with a time 2.58.57. Carnegie Cyclones Scott Salmond making a repeat of yesterdays performance with a 2nd with a time of 2.56.58. But putting in a flier of a run with an unbelievable lead of over 8seconds and adding to a collection of wins was Meedies Bike Club Brandon Gonsales with a time of 2.47.92! Katie Allen was 1st placed Under 16 girl with a time of 3.28.39
In the under 14's race it was a big field of 21 riders with Charlie Aldridge, Wolfpax Riders taking 3rd. The only other two riders to break the 3 minute mark on the long course where 2nd place Cameron mason, Team Thomsons Cycles 2.58.32 and 1st place Myles Reid 2.57.19.
Megan Wilkinson, Peebles CC was third placed Under 14 girls. In second with a time ranking top 15 in the boys race was Stirling Bike Clubs Emily Field but in first place with time that would have place comfortably in the top 10 of the boys race was Stewartry Wheelers Polly Henderson.
The under 12 boys race was closely fought podium with barely a second separating each place. In third was Team Bicycle Keir Robb, second Wolfpax rider James Wilson and first place East Coast MTB Chris Cummings. For the under 12 girls Charlotte Higgins was 3rd but second and first place was split by only 0.11 of a second. Iona Aldridge was second and Abigail Stoddart, Black Isle MTB was first.
Due to the length of the course the under 10's started a bit lower down the hill. Seth Barnett was third with Cameron Oldham narrowly beating hin to second place but with an unbelievable 22 second lead was Highland Bikes Racing Teams Zander Millar-Todd.
Scottish Cycling would like to thank Stirling bike club/Wallace warriors for their help with the event, Comrie croft for use of the trails and all the volunteers who helped to put on a great event. The MiniDH final will be at the Fort William World Cup on 7th June