Every year we record the Time Trial Best All Rounder (BAR) results and after another fantastic summer riding the race of truth we can announce the results.
This competition runs throughout the year and records Time Trial riders fastest times over various fixed distances depending on category of rider, then the rider with the fastest miles per hour (mph) is declared the winner. Without a doubt a real test of long term training discipline and endurance.
In the Middle distance BAR Callum Finlayson (Moray Firth CC) took the top slot with an average speed of 26.498 just ahead of Philip Kelman (Deeside Thistle CC) with 26.470, closely followed by Mark Skilling (Icarus Racing) with a speed of 25.835.
Philp Kelman continued his winning streak, with Deeside Thistle team mates Jon Entwistle and Malcolm Young, by winning the Men’s Middle distance Team BAR with an average speed of 25.233.
Lynsey Curran (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) won the 2015 Women’s BAR title with an average speed of 24.684. Just behind Curran in the BAR with a speed of 24.367 was Toni McIntosh (Ayr Roads Cycling Club) followed by Catriona Gunn of North Argyll Cycle Club with a speed of 24.278.
The Ayr Road’s ladies, Toni McIntosh and Lynne Wardrop, then came together to take the top spot in the Women’s Team BAR with an average speed of 24.114.
There were some impressive performances in the Junior Men’s competition with Andy Brown (Glasgow Cycle Team) taking the title with an average speed of 27.535 followed by Kyle Johnston (East Kilbride Road Club) with 26.722 and Thomas Deas (Highland Bikes Racing Team) in third with an average of 25.579.
The Glasgow Cycle Team duo of Andy Brown and Ruairidh Brown triumphed in the Junior Team BAR with an average speed of 24.014.
First place in the Youth Boy’s BAR competition went to Calum Shackley (Glasgow Riderz) with an average speed of 23.737 followed by Alasdair Munro (Ben Wyvis Cycle Club) with 23.104 and Kyle Cartmell (Forres CC) in third with an average of 21.837.
An average speed of 20.917 secured Georgia Mansfield (Forres CC) the top spot in the Youth Girl’s BAR.
Scottish Cycling would like to thank all of the organisers, volunteers and officials that help us putting on very successful events throughout 2015. We would also like to thank all of the riders that took part. Special thanks must go to Senior Commissaire John MacMillan for collating and producing the BAR results for 2015.
Full provisional results can be found here:
Scottish Cycling caught up with men’s Gold medallist Callum Finlayson and put some questions to him to get more insight into what it takes to come out on top in this challenging event. Callum’s story is all the more remarkable as he suffered a stroke 6 years ago. Last year he was Scottish Cycling’s 100 mile TT Champion.
Tell us about your training - do you have a set training program in the lead up to and during the TT season?
I put in another big base of miles during the Winter and this year, for the first time, I spent two days a week in the gym with my new Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Powney - concentrating on core and stability and my ongoing battle with weight due to the damage to my Pituitary Gland when I had my brain haemorrhage and stroke. I try to concentrate on building a big efficient engine and do a lot of fasted training and then come race season cut the miles and concentrate on quality sweetspot speedwork with 75% of my time spent on the TT bike.
Was winning the best all round TT Competition your main goal this season?
No, since my return from not being well I never dreamt of any of this, to win the 100 last year was amazing!
The main goal this year was to do a ride at the British 100 mile TT and have a go at the Scottish 100 record, the British was an experience - I managed a 3.48 on a very challenging day in Wales. The Scottish record as we all know has to be done on Scottish soil and this year the weather dashed any hopes and as for being forced into doing two in a week that was just emotional!
I am so chuffed to win the BAR!
How do you monitor your own performance during the season?
Ha ha – I look at Kenny Riddles face! Seriously though, I use power and have learned so much by using it. By tracking power files in training and racing I have power2max on the TT bike and stages on the road bike.
What do you eat and drink during rides?
SIS products tend to work for me however I only use if for races. I learned the hard way that you can really over indulge with gels and the effects are horrific!
Obviously the right bike and equipment is important at this level - any tips for our TT riders out there?
Do your homework and ensure that it fits, if it's on budget then get what's going to give you the biggest return; I saw a thirty watt advantage from a skinsuit in the tunnel - that's a huge gain. Position will also give you massive returns just make sure you can sustain that ultra-new aero position someone has bent you into! Power meter if you can!