Evie White, Alexander MacRae and Daniel Kain were the main winners at the Monsters of Track meet on Saturday, as the winter weather wreaked havoc with the outdoor racing calendar.
Evie White (Alba Development RT) was on top form at the latest Monsters of Track Meet at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to take a clean sweep of victories in the women’s races. White claimed victory in the Elimination, Scratch and both Points Races to take a quartet of victories on Saturday.
It was great to see a healthy number of entries to the women’s races, which can be attributed in no small part to the Women’s Track Fund, which you can find out about here.
In the men’s races, Alexander MacRae (Ribble-rcharg) claimed victory in both Scratch Races to start and end the day’s racing with teammate Daniel Kain taking charge in the Points and Elimination Races to claim a full house of wins for the Ribble outfit.
In the Youth A’s there were victories for Harrison Dainty (Cystic Fibrosis Race), Mya Doocey (Navan RC), Luca Bednarek (Kirklees Cycling Academy), Melanie Rowe (Deeside Thistle), Erin Boothman (East Kilbride RC) and Matthew Kent (Beeston CC).
Sunday saw the latest round of the British Cycling National Youth Omnium Series in Glasgow, Erin Boothman (East Kilbride) and Melanie Rowe (Deeside Thistle) were amongst the Scottish winners. Full report to follow…
A huge thanks to Johnstone Jets for organising this weekend’s track event and to the commissaires, volunteers and organisers for making them possible.
Unfortunately the Scottish weather played havoc with road events this weekend, with the Spokes RT Up the Glax Stage Race having to be cancelled.
Down South, the first round of Cold Dark North’s Proper Northern Road Race Series took place at Capernwray with a few Scots in racing action.
In the Men’s race Jacob Smith (Wheelbase CabTech-Castelli) produced a storming ride to finish second, in a very competitive field. Stonehaven's Lee Rosie came home in 24th place, while in the women’s Scottish national champion Beth Harley-Jepson (Jadan Vive-le-Velo p/b Glasdon) came home in 20th place with Arianne Holland (Alba Development RT) in 27th, respectively.
Sean Flynn (Team DSM) is continuing his decent start to his first season as WorldTour rider with a solid ride at the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands, where he came home in 42nd place. Some more good news from the men’s pro peloton is that Calum Johnston will be back in racing action for Caja Rural soon after recovering from his knee injury.
At the Nokere Koerse Juniors in Belgium yesterday, there were strong rides from the Anexo Group RT’s Elliot Rowe and Joe Cosgrove, with the Scots pair coming home in 11th and 19th place, respectively. At the 1.12 in Haringe for elite riders Ciaran McSherry (The Cycling Academy) rode to a strong top 15 finish.
Over the border in France, there was another strong ride by Abernyte’s Alfie George (Vendee-U), finishing in fourth place at the National Elite race Souveiner Louison Bobet.
Staying in France, Morgan Bown (EC Saint-Etienne Loire) was in action at a brace of French elite races this weekend. Saturday’s Poinçonnet Limoges saw the Scot come in 18th place, before a strong ride to 23rd in the Tour des 4b on Sunday. Two strong performances from the former Spokes RT rider as he bounces back from illness.