The first of the Scottish National Championships kicks off this weekend with the 2017 Olympic TT, again hosted by Edinburgh RC at their Tour of the Meldons Mountain Time Trial event.
Scottish Cycling are delighted to see 101 names on the start lists, including defending champions Lynsey Curran (Dooleys Cycles) and Chris Smart (GTR). Scottish Cycling programme rider Andy Brown (Metaltek-KUOTA Racing Team) and British Cycling Podium Programme rider Neah Evans (Storey Racing) will also be on the start line.
An early season classic hilly time trial, following a scenic 25 mile loop over the Meldons hills near Peebles, the Tour of the Meldons is one of the classic time trial events on the Scottish Calendar with a history dating back to the 1930s.
The event has hosted rounds of the former Scottish Olympic Time Trial series and has been used for the Scottish Olympic Time Trial championships on several occasions. In 2007 the course was changed for safety reasons, starting and finishing in Eddleston but retaining an uphill finish.
Event HQ is based at Eddleston Village Hall, with the start nearby - however you will be able to spot riders around the course which follows the A72 and round to Blyth Bridge, and onto Whim before heading back down towards Eddleston.
Juli Rourke, Event Organiser said:
"ERC are pleased to be holding the Scottish Championship Olympic distance TT this year. This year again we have exceeded previous years numbers and have 101 entrants, a quarter of the field made up of women.
We have been trying to encourage entrants to the event by making sure we have equal prize money for the top 3 men and women finishers and including prizes for those who participate on road bikes.
ERC could not run the amount of events we do without the help of many volunteers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the run up to the event and will be helping out on the day."
More information on the event can be found here.