This weekend (Sunday 7th May) the Scottish National Championships continue with the 10 mile Time Trial organised by Mhairi Laffoley of Fife CA.
The Championships this year will be held on the FI-5 course in Fife near the village of Freuchie. There have been time trials in the Freuchie area for over 60 years and the majority of the Fife Time Trial events are held in this area. The course was last used for the Scottish National 10 mile Time Trial Championships in 2013 and was won by Ben Peacock.
The event starts near the top of Freuchie Brae, which means that the riders get a bit of a flier to start with. It follows the A92 for approximately 5 miles to the Melville Lodges roundabout where it takes a left turn. After another mile the riders turn left again and go through some bends before a slight climb up past the Equestrian Centre and through the hamlets of Giffordtown, Charlottetown, and Edentown before the tricky right hand bend with approximately 1.6 miles to the finish back towards Freuchie.
The Scottish National 10 mile Time Trial Championships is quite an exciting event as it always attracts the big names from the Scottish Cycling Time Trial scene and it is often very close between the medals in both the women and the men's events.
In 2016 there was only one second between Gold and Silver in the women’s event and only one second between Silver and Bronze in the men's event.
This year there are over 150 riders taking to the start line across youth, junior, women and men, including defending champions Chris Smart (GTR) and Neah Evans (Storey Racing) along with Jon Entwistle (GTR), John Archibald (Pro Vision Scotland), Lynsey Curran (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) and Catriona MacGillivray (RT 23), who were all highly placed in last year’s event.
Event Organiser Mhairi Laffoley said:
“I have been organising cycling events for more years than I care to remember but successful events always come down to team work and we are very lucky that in Fife we have a group of people that help week in, week out and it would be impossible to put on these events without their hard work and dedication.”
You can find out more information about the Scottish National 10 mile TT Championships by visiting the event page here.