Location: Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull
Event: 10 December 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports
In a reversal of the positions in the Scottish Championships the previous week, Ballater X rider Dan Whitehead won the seventh round of the Scottish Cyclo-Cross Series at Glengorm Castle on the Isle of Mull on Saturday.
The 38-year-old from Ballater in Aberdeenshire crossed the line more than two minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Glasgow’s Gareth Montgomerie (GT Racing UK), to gain revenge for losing out in the battle for the Scottish title seven days earlier.
The course at Glengorm Castle was quite badly cut up thanks to a mixture of rain and snow over the last few days, and the organising team did superbly to stage the event.
High winds had blown five trees down around the course which they needed to clear, and this was followed by heavy snow in the run-up to the event.
For the 130 riders the conditions proved challenging, but perhaps none more so than Davie Lines who suffered four punctures but still managed to finish in the top ten of the 40-strong field for the senior race.
The Scottish Series continues with round eight at the same venue on Sunday, December 11.
1 Dan Whitehead (Ballater X)
2 Gareth Montgomerie (GT Racing UK) @ 2:00
3 Stephen Jackson (Glasgow United CC) @ 3:00
4 Craig Hardie (Hardie Bikes)
5 Stephen MacInnes (Isle of Mull CC)
Women: Katy Winton (Morvelo Project).
1 Stephen Nicholson (Dunfermline CC)
2 John McCaffery (Team Leslie Bikes)
3 James Melville (Glasgow United CC)
4 Franco Porco (GJS Racing Team)
Youth: Callum McGowan.
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.