Location: Lake of Monteith, Scotland
Event: 18 March 2012
Report: Snowdon Sports
Prestwick’s Gary Maher (Ayr Roads CC) claimed his first victory in a seven-up sprint after 47 miles in The Lake APR at Balfron, Scotland on Sunday.
In only his second season of racing, the 37-year-old beat GJS Racing Team’s Craig Adams to win the long-standing event promoted by Glasgow Nightingale CC and covering one lap of the circuit around the Lake of Monteith.
Now entering its fifth decade, the race is sponsored by www.solidrockcycles.com. A recent innovation has been the Feminine APR which is now in its fourth year on the race calendar.
Both races had full fields and competitors had the rare luxury of beautiful spring weather.
Both races were narrowly won by riders from the seeded groups, although the more experienced riders from the scratch group were close behind.
While Maher won The Lake APR, the Lake Feminine witnessed a gutsy performance from Rhona Grant of Dooley’s Cycles who was delighted in her first competitive road event.
The Lake APR:
1 Gary Maher (Ayr Roads Cycling Club)
2 Craig Adams (GJS Racing Team)
3 Dominic Hines (Velo Club Edinburgh)
4 Finlay Young (Equipe Velo Ecosse)
5 Craig Dale (TheBicycleWorks.com)
6 Gavin Shuttleworth (Velocity 44 Stirling)
7 Lewis Hodgart (Glasgow Couriers)
8 Aidan Quinn (Glasgow Ivy CC)
9 Georges Avraam (Edinburgh RC)
10 Alan Dent (Nevis Cycles Racing Team)
1 Rhona Grant (Dooley’s Cycles)
2 Penny Phillips (Moray Firth Cycling Club)
3 Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC)
4 Gabriella Nordin (Sandy Wallace Cycles)
5 Elizabeth Adams (Glasgow MTB Club Alpine Bikes)
6 Brenda Callander (Stirling Bike Club)
7 Claire Martin (Edinburgh RC)
8 Sandra Scally (Hervelo Cycling)
9 Sarah Gleave (Vortex Race Team)
10 Alison Neilson (Falkirk BC)
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.