Scottish Cycling is delighted to announce a number of National Championship events that will take place this summer, as the #ReturnToRacing continues to gather pace.
National Road Race Championships
The Scottish National Road Race Championship will take place on Saturday 24th July and features an excellent parcours around Alford in Aberdeenshire. The famous climb of Suie Road will play host to Scotland’s best male and female riders, the Women’s race finishing with an ascent of the Suie climb, the second time up it during the 64km (40 miles) race. The Men’s Race tackles the climb four times over the 114km (69 miles) route, again with a summit finish.
The Women’s Championship will be classified as a Regional C+ event and will be open to 4th Category riders as a result. As we recover from the pandemic and return to competitive events, we felt it is important to offer opportunities for as many women as possible to race. With a limited number of women only races on the calendar in 2021, classifying the Women’s Scottish National Road Race Championships as Regional C+ will offer a positive opportunity for women of all categories to enter a Championship event this year. This decision was made in conjunction the race organiser, Spokes RT, who are both committed to supporting more women and girls to enter competitive cycling events.
The national champions jerseys are currently held by John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) and Jennifer George (Weston Homes-Torelli-Assure) who took the national crowns in the Perthshire glens in 2019.
Entries close on Sunday 11th June and are available here. As with all other National Championship, entrants must meet the Scottish National Championships Eligibility Criteria.
National Team Time Trial Championships
As is somewhat of a tradition in recent years, the Scottish National Team Time Trial Championship will take place in the roads around Forfar in Angus on the 29th August. The 64km route always make for an interesting challenge for the three/four-rider teams, with both the Men’s and Women’s events held over the same distance.
The reigning Men’s champions are Vanelli-Project Go who won in 2019 with a foursome of Andy Bruce, Jamie Davidson, Rob Friel and Richard McDonald. The Women’s Champions are Dooleys Cycles with their team of Mireille Captieux, Lynsey Curran and Laura Nicholson narrowly beating out this years’ organisers RT23.
Entries close on Sat 14th August and are available here.
National Olympic Time Trial Championship
The Scottish Olympic TT Championship will be held on 5th September, with Hawick CC's Carter Bar course playing host to the event. The parcours is a 54km (33 miles) route that features some very challenging hilly terrain, a test of both riders climbing legs on the ascents, with the elevation peaking at over 400m, and bike handling control on the descents, with a notably fast descent into Jedburgh halfway through the course. The course is available to view here.
The 2019 event was held on the Tour of the Meldons course, with John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) and Victoria Smith (AeroCoach) taking the honours.
Entries close two weeks before the event and is available to enter here.
National MTB Downhill Championship
Fort William plays host to the National MTB Downhill Championship over the weekend of the 11th September, which also incorporates a leg of the SDA Series. Home of the famous UCI MTB DH World Cup course, this iconic venue last hosted the Scottish Championships in 2018 - competitors are once again lucky enough to take on this legendary track.
In 2019, the National Champions were Calum McBain and Shona McKinnon in the seniors, with Pheobe Gale and Shaun Sangster taking the Junior titles.
Entries close two weeks before the event and are open online here.
National Veteran & Junior Women's Road Race Championships
Cairngorm CC play host to both the Veteran and Junior Women’s Road Race Championships on the 12th September in Kintore. As part of the Cairngorm CC race weekend, which also includes a time trial, hill climb and Australian Points Race, the Sally Anne Low Memorial Road Race has been the Veteran women’s championships since 2018. The race completes two and a half laps between Kincraig and Kingussie, finishing on The Brae in Kincraig.
In 2019, Olympian Anna Shackley won the Junior Championship in Dunfermline, whilst Julianna Rourke and Gillian Corsie won the V40 and V50 titles respectively in Kintore two years ago.
More details, including information on entries, will be confirmed in due course.
National Criterium and Youth Circuit Championships
The 2021 Scottish National Criterium Championships will take place at Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly, with a date still to be finalised.
Details of the 2019 event can be found here.
National Omnium Championships
The redeveloped Caird Park Velodrome in Dundee will play host to the 2021 Scottish National Omnium Championships, with a date still to be confirmed. The report of the 2019 event can be found here.
We will continue to announce the 2021 Scottish National Championship event dates and venues as these are confirmed. It is anticipated that there will not be the full range of Championship events on offer in 2021, due to restricted formats and with a gradual return to competition still being rolled out, and we fully support all organisers with their decisions at this time.