Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team) and Isla Short (Team Thomsons Cycles) secured the Scottish Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championship titles at Knockburn Loch & Outdoor Centre in the Cairngorms.
The dominant figure in this season’s Scottish Series, the Glasgow 29-year-old, Wardell franked his good form as he came home half a minute clear of under-23 Jack Ravenscroft (Team Thomsons Cycles), the 18-year-old Stirling University student, with third place going to David Lines (Starley Primal Pro Cycling) in bright, sunny conditions but with the temperature just above freezing.
Wardell and Ravenscroft went wheel to wheel for the first half of the race, but the younger rider then made a mistake on a woody section which allowed Wardell to open up a gap which he held to the finish.
“He was giving me a hard time early in the race, he was riding really well,” said Wardell. “I was relatively comfortable, but it was a really good race and I was quite happy to take the win.
“It was a great course, relatively flat with sections of sand around the loch, some woodland and some deep mud as well as one short climb and descent, and in a stunning setting.
“I’m using the cyclo-cross to keep fit and stay busy through the winter, I’m considering a trip to Belgium between Christmas and the New Year and there’s a race in Scotland in January I will be doing, but there is a decent chance I will take a little step back from racing next year and focus more on my coaching.”
The women’s title was won by 18year-old Isla Short (Team Thomsons Cycles), who finished 21 seconds ahead of Kerry MacPhee (Rock and Road Cycles) followed by Jane Barr of Velocity 44 Stirling in third.
It was a nail biting finish at the end of the Youth Girls race with Rhona Callander just out sprinting Jenny Holl for first place and taking the championship title.
A huge thank you to the Scottish Cyclocross Association and Deeside Thistle for organising a super day of championship racing. Also a massive thank you to all the volunteers, officials and riders.
As you all may be aware commentator and SCXA chair Jammy Johnstone took ill just before the start of the V40 race. We have been informed that Jammy is resting and recovering well. On behalf of Scottish Cycling we would like to wish Jammy a speedy recovery.
1 Robert Wardell
2 Jack Ravenscroft
3 David Lines
1 Isla Short
2 Kerry MacPhee
3 Jane Barr
Junior Men :
1 Mark McGuire
2 Harry Johnston
3 Calum Magowan
1 Erika Allen
2 Emma Borthwick
1 Conner Johnstone
2 Struan Pryde
3 Tim Shoreman
1 Rhona Callander
2 Jenny Holl
3 Megan Wilkinson