Road: win For the Team Road Race in Scotland


Location: Grangemouth, Stirling
Event: 2 September 2012
Report: Derek Simpson

The 'For The Jersey' Team race was contested over a 55-mile course consisting of six laps of a predominantly flat circuit but with one short sharp climb into the village of Cowie.

On the often narrow and twisting circuit several breaks formed throughout the race with none surviving for more than a single lap.

Team tactics resulted in few breaks working well together and with a lap to the finish the entire field came back together. However, as the race entered the final 10 miles a number of riders took advantage of the bunch beginning to think about the final sprint.

Granite City's Keith Wallace slipped away from the field chased by Craig Adams of GJS Racing, Paul Rennie of Dooleys Cycles, Simon Van Bellen of Aberdeen Wheelers and Alastair McNicol of The Wallace crossed the line first with Adams 39 seconds down.

The bunch followed them home 1.20 down with the final result being decided on placings in the bunch sprint.

With the team-mates of the leaders trailing in well down the bunch the honours went to Alastair McNicol's team who succeeded in finishing four riders in the top 20.

Just two points behind, Moray Firth RT also benefitted from finishing four riders in the top 20 proving that it was not the first riders from each team who were most important to the team result but the third and fourth riders.


Winning Time: 2.21:28

First Rider Home: Keith Wallace - Granite City RT

1st - The (44pts)
2nd - Moray Firth RT (46pts)
3rd - Dooleys Cycles (65pts)
4th - Falkirk BC (74pts)
5th - Leslie Bike Shop / Right Move (89pts)
6th - Granite City RT (92pts)
7th - GJS Racing (93pts)
8th - Velo Ecosse (114pts)
9th - Deeside Thistle (125pts)
10th - Edinburgh Road Club (140pts)

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.