Tag Archive for ‘Scottish Championships 2007’
Craig Hardie (Dunfermline CC) disproved the old adage that; “a good big ‘un, will always beat a good little ‘un,” when the 37 year-old from Dalgety Bay left his much-taller rival Dan Whitehead several lengths back to win the Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championships today on a snowy and technical circuit at Plean Country Park.
It took Jason MacIntyre (Edge RT) just 3 minutes and 37 seconds to win his fifth Scottish individual time trial championship of the 2007 season; at Bonnyton Moor on a dreich Sunday afternoon, the hill climb was duly added to the 10, 25, TTT and circuit TT, in the bleak country above Eaglesham.
Showing he’s lost none of the form which would have kept David Millar (Saunier Duval) in Slipstream Argyle pattern — rather than the red and blue hoops of British champion — in time trials next year (had the Fort William man’s front tyre not exploded), Jason MacIntyre (Edge RT) put more than four minutes into second placed Arthur Doyle (Ivy CC) in Sunday’s Scottish Olympic time trial championship over 27 technical miles at Irvine.
It was like one of those American cop movies, where the old detective takes the young buck under his wing and together they buck the system-veteran Andrew Davies (the bicycleworks) and junior Hamish Creber (Sandy Wallace) rode away from the field in the opening laps of Saturday’s Scottish criterium championships at Glasgow Green, with the wily Davies taking the gold medal, one hour later, in front of a big crowd, there to see the finale of the Tour of Britain.
It’s official, if you want to do a big mileage in a 12 hour time trial, forget the energy food, drinks and gels – macaroon bars are what you need.
Joe Wilson (Sandy Wallace Cycles), who successfully defended his Scottish 12 title and narrowly missed breaking his own record for the event last Sunday, on the roads near Invergordon explains; ‘I was catching Carlos on that long leg out to Portmahomack, but I was feeling terrible, I had a macaroon bar and the bad patch passed quickly!’ Sadly, it was an Asda macaroon bar and not the authentic Lees item, if it had been, then maybe the record would have been his?
When it became apparent that the 2007 Veterans’ Road Race Championship-over 65 wet and hilly miles at Alford – would end in a sprint finish, most bets were on fast-finisher Graham McGarrity (Edge RT); John Kermode (Dundee Thistle) had other ideas however and McGarrity had to settle for second. Kermode was, understandably; ‘delighted’, whilst McGarrity: ‘hates to lose a sprint, especially in vets’ race!’
A chilly, breezy but rapid Sunday morning on the roads alongside the Cromarty Firth saw Shetland’s Carlos Riise reclaim the Scottish 100 mile title he last won in 2004, with a personal best 3-51-43.
This was Carlos’s eighth hundred title, the man who ended his run of seven straight wins and who took the title in 2005, Jonathan Copp (Deeside) was not riding, neither was last year’s champion and current record holder, Mark Atkinson (Sandy Wallace).
On a day when the Northern skies and the Cromarty Firth conspired in a sullen, grey partnership, Jim Cusick’s (Glasgow Couriers) winning 1:51:36 in the Scottish 50 mile championships around Invergordon, shone like a beacon.
Revelling in the cold, wet conditions, Cusick (above) beat another hardman, Carlos Riise (Shetland Wheelers) by nearly two minutes, the islander recording 1:53:20.
Jason Macintyre (Edge RT) made it a ‘double-double’ on Sunday morning as he successfully defended his Scottish 25 mile championship with 51:58 on a sunny but airy Irvine by-pass, the win coming just two weeks after he retained his British 25 mile title.
The result may have been predictable, but Evan Oliphant (DFL) only took home the gold medal in a sodden Scottish road race championship after an incident-packed four hours.
Taking a well-deserved silver medal and ‘moral victor’ of the championship was pre-race favourite Raymond Wilson (Dunfermline CC).
Jason McIntyre (The Edge RT/Dooleys) successfully defended his Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship on the A77 near Glasgow on Saturday morning; that’s the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘when’.
In time-trialling though, the real information come from the watches, with no superlatives or flowery prose.