On Sunday May 8th, the Clydesdale Colts hosted a combined skills and dirt crit event at Cathkin Braes which was the first in the Scottish Cycling west youth dirt crit race series. Some fantastic skills and racing was seen and over 70 riders from 8 different clubs from across Scotland took part.
The riders all had to tackle four different skills including track stands, skinnies, step overs and a slalom course, to determine a points based race handicap for the XC race. As always, the riders all impressed with their determination and ability.
The riders rode one of four fun but challenging courses utilising both the commonwealth course and some natural features and trails. The older riders got the chance to tackle the tough “Jouk” rock garden feature which they rode with confidence. The sun made a big appearance just as the event got into full swing which really helped to add to the great atmosphere on the day. Having dry weather leading up to the event made for some fast trails too, albeit some of the commonwealth trail was a bit “twitchy” and took skill to ride quickly.
All age categories apart from “Junior female” had riders taking part so there was plenty of great racing to watch and some very hotly contested podium positions.
The XC race times are now posted on mylaps and to see these just paste the following link into your web browser (Youth A results can be seen with the Youth B results)
A huge bonus was the amazing refreshment and home baking stand that some of the parents and club members provided.
A big thanks to all of the riders that took part, to everyone that made the event possible and a special thanks to Dominic Scott our commissaire and Jonathan McBain from Pedal Power.
There is another chance to ride the great trails at Cathkin Braes on June 18th as the Glasgow Dynamos will be hosting the next race in the series there.