British Championship Success for Winton and Grant


The home advantage of the British Championships being in Scotland in 2009 was well and truly reversed this weekend, as 29 Scottish riders made the 500 mile trip to the south coast to compete in this year championships. Pre laps on the course on Saturday revealed a tough course with some very fast fun descents and some hard climbing, but everybody came back positive and ready to race the next day.

In the youth, juvenile and junior categories, the riders (and parents) commitment was apparent as 23 riders made the trip south making up over 20 percent of the field proving what great strength in depth has been developing in Scotland in recent years. Standout performances from Katy Winton and Lucy Grant came in the juvenile and junior categories with them both bringing home the British Champs Jersey.

Other superb efforts came from Callum McGowan and Tom Van Holten in the juvenile boys winning the silver and bronze medals at their first attempts. In the junior boys Grant Ferguson had an exciting finish sprinting against Steve James but on this occasion missed out. In the elite men's race the heat and tough course took it's toll with only 16 riders finishing on the same lap as commonwealth champion Liam Killeen, whilst Scottish champion Dave Henderson battled through for a fine 4th place.

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