Short hits top form while Dumfriesshire hosts British champs

Short hits top form while Dumfriesshire hosts British champs


There was another busy weekend of racing action for Scots, with a brilliant British Road Championships in Scotland, as well as the latest round of the Scottish Youth Circuit series in Fife and European Downhill Championships.

British Road Champs

Dumfries and Galloway hosted an excellent edition of the British Road Champs, over the weekend.

Thursday’s Time Trial at the picturesque Crichton in Dumfries saw an excellent silver medal from Scotland’s Callum Thornley, you can read that here.

Sunday’s Road Races were an excellent spectacle with Mark Cavendish and Alice Towers riding to excellent victories, you can read our report here.

Kirkcudbright played host to the Circuit Championships on Friday evening as Kate Richardson (Alba Development RT) rode to an excellent top five placing, read about that here.

Scottish Youth Circuit Series

Spokes RT organised the latest round of the Youth Circuit Series at Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly on Saturday.

Erin Boothman (East Kilbride RC) was in brilliant form winning the Youth A and B girls criterium, with a margin by over a minute from Melanie Rowe (Deeside Thistle) who won the Youth B girls race, and over two minutes from Molly Evans (Deeside Thistle) in second in the Youth A category.

Not content with her victory, the Youth Tour of Scotland stage winner then made the step up to the 2-3-4 Women’s category, where she finished in an excellent second place, only finishing behind junior rider Evie White (Deeside Thistle). Anna Fairweather (RT23) was the top senior rider in third.

Adam Murray won the reduced bunch sprint in the Youth A Boys from Struan Shaw and Ahron Dick, while the Youth B winner Elliot Speedie was able to finish just off the back of the small lead group.

In the senior men’s Jamie MacKenzie (META Bike Division) claimed his third win of the season from the three-man move that went clear. Alexander Ball (Zappi RT) and Cameron Brown (Spokes RT) off the back of their foreign racing adventures in Italy and Belgium finished second and third.

British Mountain Bike Series

Woody’s Bike Park in Cornwall played host to the latest round of the British Cross Country Series.

The Elite Women was dominated by the Scots once again, with Isla Short (Hunt Bike Wheels) claiming the victory by 10 minutes. It’s a welcome return to form for Short, as she prepares to represent Team Scotland at Cannock Chase during the Cross Country event at the Commonwealth Games.

Anna Flynn (Spectra Wiggle) finished behind Short in second with another strong showing from the Scottish National Cyclocross champion. There was another really impressive performance by Elena McGorum (Peebles CC) who claimed third place and confirmed her victory in the overall series.

In the Men’s Charlie Aldridge (Scott Racing) narrowly missed out the win to Cameron Orr on the day, but his second place was enough for the Crieff man to win the overall series after a fantastic run of results. Cameron Mason (Trinity) claimed third place. Rory McGuire and Corran Carrick-Anderson (T-MO Racing) finished in sixth and ninth respectively.

In the series standings Mason took second, and Rory McGuire (Leslie Bike Shop) finished in third as the Scots took a clean sweep of the top three positions.

In the junior men’s Rueben Oakley (Rotor) finished in a strong fourth place, while Finn Mason (The Cycling Academy) was in ninth place. Emily Carrick-Anderson (T-MO Racing) finished on the podium once again in the junior women’s, as the Scot took the overall series honours.

Daisy Taylor (Royal Albert CC) dominated the youth female race, and claimed her latest win, as she took the overall series as well.

European Downhill Champs

Louise Anna Ferguson claimed a great top ten finish at the European Downhill Championships in Slovenia building upon her great fourth at Leogang, a few weeks ago. Stan Nisbet rode a brilliant silver in the U15 calendar.

Red Bull Pump Track

Scottish Cycling Performance Programme rider Cameron Reid won bronze at the Red Bull Pump Track event in Edinburgh, which should qualify the Scot for the World final in Chile later this year.