It was a drizzly day for the second round of the Alba Series last weekend (21st May) but that didn’t put off the 51 riders who took to the start line for the hilly and quite exposed course.
The Hugh Dornan Memorial Road Race was a perfect challenge in the series, with a steep climb to break up the peloton. The event was organised by Richard Burchmore of Lomond Roads Cycling Club.
The riders were determined, with breakaway’s right from the off – giving spectators an intense, yet exciting watch to see who was where on the next lap.
An attack toward the end of the first lap saw around ten riders establish a lead that was to be sustained for the rest of the day. Several riders abandoned during the tough event, and 35 finished from a starting field of more than 50.
It was John Archibald, Pro Vision Scotland, who took the top podium step, winning by a margin of around 3 minutes after a breakaway on the last lap – replicating the same result from last year’s race. He completed the 80 miles race in only 3 hours, 3 minutes and 19 seconds.
Scott McCrossan, East Kilbride Road Club and Stephen Dent, Spokes Racing Team, followed suit in third and second. They were leading a small breakaway group which was significantly ahead of the main group of riders.
You can find the full results for the Hugh Dornan Memorial Road Race here.
The next round of the Alba Road Race Series will be on 17th June at Battle of the Braes in Callander, organised by Stirling Bike Club.
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