Cross: Friel wins again in Scotland

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Location: Knockburn Loch, Aberdeenshire
Event: 21 October 2012
Report: Mark Tandy/Snowdon Sports

Event three of the Scottish Cyclo-Cross Series took place on Deeside at the purpose built Knockburn Sporting Loch.

Glorious blue skies and unseasonal temperatures were the back drop to a fantastic day. Over 200 riders came up for the only series event to be held in the North East of Scotland and conditions did not disappoint.

The main event of the day, the Senior Men's Race was an outstanding show of speed and skill. The familiar sight of an early break from series leader Rob Friel ( was a constant through the race and he went on to win ahead of David Lines (Pedal Power/Endura/Forme) in second place and Colin May (Velo Club Edinburgh) in third.

The largest field of the day was in the junior, women and veterans race with well over 100 riders lining up at the start.

Leslie Bike Shop made a clean sweep in the men's veterans race with Gary McCrae leading the way almost from the very beginning.

The dry conditions and rising temperature fuelled a very fast race. The women's competition was more closely contested with favourite Ruth Fraser-Moodie (Pedal Power) putting up a strong fight against Morven Brown (Dales Cycles) and Mona Petrie (Deeside Thistle CC) snapping hard at her heels all the way to the finish line.

The skill and determination of the young riders in the under 10 and under 12 races was outstanding. Calum Reid (Wallace Warriors) made an early impression and was chased hard by Keir Robb (unattached) and Anthony Hay (Deeside Thistle CC).

The girl’s race was no less impressive and young Anna Shackley from Glasgow Riders came in first ahead of Anna Flynn (Edinburgh Road Club) and Rhona Samphier (Wallace Warriors). The youth race saw 27 riders line up for the second event of the day.

The organisers wish to thank all those who travelled to Aberdeenshire and look forward to welcoming the series back in 2013.


1 Robert Friel (
2 David Lines (Pedal Power/Endura/Forme)
3 Colin May (Velo Club Edinburgh)
1 Gary McCrae (Leslie Bike Shop
2 John McCaffery (Leslie Bike Shop)
3 Franco Porco (Leslie Bike Shop)
1 Ruth Fraser-Moodie (Pedal Power)
2 Morven Brown (Dales Cycles)
3 Mona Petrie (Deeside Thistle CC)
Junior boy:
Byran Moodie (Leslie Bike Shop)
Junior girl:
Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh Road Club)
Under 12 boys:
1 Calum Reid (Wallace Warriors)
2 Keir Robb (unattached)
3 Anthony Hay (Deeside Thistle CC)
Under 12 girls:
1 Anna Shackley (Glasgow Riderz)
2 Anna Flynn (Edinburgh Road Club)
3 Rhona Samphire (Wallace Warrior)

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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.