ScottishPower Youth Mini Downhill Round 1 Fort William 3rd May 2014
Back for 2015 in its 3rd year the ScottishPower Youth Mini Downhill series has 4 rounds with the top 3 riders in each category qualifying to race the final at the Fort William MTB world cup in June
The sun was out for round 1 of the ScottishPower Youth Mini Downhill series in Fort William and with the course set on the new dry, dusty green DH trail and 53 riders signing on at registration things were set for a great day of racing.
After the morning practice session it was on to the race runs. Each rider had two timed runs in the afternoon session to complete the course in the quickest time they could manage. With some tight turns and plenty of opportunity to pedal it was all about carrying momentum through the whole trail.
First out the gate were the under 10’s setting a time to rival quite a few of the boys was Emily Carrick-Anderson Peebles CC. In third place for the boys was Ryan McGuire, then second Douglas Goodwill, Black Isle MTB Club but with a healthy lead of 9 seconds Zander Millar-Todd, Highland Bikes Race Team.
Battling it out for second and third place with only 2 seconds between them in the under 12’s were James Wilson, Wolfpax Riders and Fraser Kelly, Black Isle MTB but in first place having won the under 10’s final in 2013 and putting in a massive 10 second lead was Corran Carrick-Anderson. IN the girls race Lucy Edmondson, Wolfpax riders took the win with Fionna Millar, Spean Speedy bikers in second
The under 14’s race was close fought race with 2 seconds separating the podium. Making the trip from Ireland Ben Cleicklin, East Coast MTB NI, second Jamie Edmondson Wolfpax Riders/Sick Skills Development Team and in 1st place Callum Galloway Black Isle MTB. Setting the second fastest time of the day for the girls was Tea Jensen, Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique.
In the Under 16’s it really was the luck of the Irish with East Coast MTB NI riders Chloe Cumming and Jack Devlin setting the fastest times of the days. Mathew MacDonald, Highland Bicycles Race Team followed close behind in second with Spean Bridge local Jack McCallum, West Highland wheelers in third.
Scottish Cycling would like to thank Wolfpax riders club and all the volunteers for all their help with running the event and Nevis Range for hosting. For more info on the world cup visit www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk
For more info on the rest of the series visit the ScottishPower MiniDH page