The sun was shining in Tayside for the Scottish National Omnium Championships, while Scotland’s best mountain bikers were taking on the first World Cup of the season in the Czech Republic.
Scottish National Omnium Championships
Dundee played host to the Scottish National Omnium Champs at the Mark Stewart Velodrome at a very sunny Caird Park.
Liam Scott Douglas (JG Cycles) and Evie White (Alba Development RT) attacked in the points races to claim the victory in a very tight battle for the medals in both the men’s and women’s fields.
You can read the report from Saturday’s racing below:
Tour de Hongrie
Oscar Onley was on strong form as he co-lead Team DSM at the 2.Pro Tour de Hongrie.
Two excellent rides on the summit finishes saw the former Spokes RT rider score a brace of top ten stage finishes, however a neutralised final stage meant that the Kelso rider finished had to settle for sixth place on the general classification, his best result at a .Pro level to date.
The 20-year-old will next be in action in the French Alps at Isere Tour (2.2) with the DSM Development Squad next week, where fellow Scot Morgan Bown (EC Saint-Etienne Loire) will also be racing.
UCI MTB XCO World Cup
The first round of the new-look UCI Mountain Bike XC World Cup took place in the Czech Republic over the weekend in the pouring rain.
In the elite races, Isla Short (Ghost FR), continuing her return to racing, came home in a solid 46th place, giving the Scot a platform to build her season from as she heads towards a home World Championships at Glentress. Meanwhile in the Elite Men, Crieff’s Charlie Aldridge (Cannondale FR) finished in a respectable 58th place, as he made the step up from U23 to the Elites. Unfortunately, there was no race for Cameron Mason due to sickness - we wish him a speedy recovery.
The U23 women saw Elena McGorum and Anna Flynn in action, with the Scottish duo finishing in 46th and 67th place respectively, with McGorum also claiming a 39th place finish in Saturday’s U23 short-track event. Perth’s Rory McGuire came home in 47th place, with Corran Carrick-Anderson further back in the field.
Finally, in the Juniors, Emily Carrick Anderson returned to what she knows best after a downhill outing last weekend to finish 57th, whilst Ruan Vorster also produced a solid ride on his debut at this level. Overall, a great learning experience for the Scots in Nove Mesto.
Cadence Junior Race
There was a great ride by Elliot Rowe (Anexo Group RT) at the Cadence Junior Road Race to claim third place in the Brecon Beacons, a race where the likes of Tom Pidcock and Tao Geoghegan Hart have triumphed in the past.
There was a fair contingent of Scots at the latest North Region event in Bruntwood; Cumbernauld Centurions have written a full report of the racing action which you can read on their Facebook page here.