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‘It’s not a competition any more, it’s a personal time trial,’ the words of Tour de Trossachs organiser, Janette Hazlett after she had to void the result, following a serious crash.
David Clark of the Stowmarket & District CC was involved in what appeared to us to be a head on collision with a car on the Loch Venachar road and had to be helicoptered to hospital.
The ensuing traffic chaos meant that top seeds Ian Wilkins, Arthur Doyle and Ian Grant were all held up as the police closed the road.
Alistair Robinson (Team Leslie Bike Shop) was the winner of a damp edition of the Tour de Trossachs on Sunday with a rapid 1:06:01, putting him two minutes clear of roadman turned clock basher for the day Robin Wilkins (Stirling BC); with evergreen Jim Cusick (Glasgow Couriers) rounding off the podium a further minute back.
The late starters had the best of the day as the cold rain which tormented the early starters cleared, leaving damp roads but fast, mild conditions…
Although the start sheet for the Tour de Trossachs is still to be finalised, it’s looking to be a very interesting race – the field has been extended to accommodate 140 because the race is proving to be popular with riders of all abilities, and sees National Champions and World Champions taking part, as well as newcomers interested in trying out this classic course.
Arthur Doyle (Dooleys RT) will defend his title for the third time, but the big question is will he manage to beat both the hill climb and course record set by Jason McIntyre in 2007…
Arthur Doyle (Dooleys) underlined his superiority as Scotland’s short distance TT king, around the Trossachs on a glorious Sunday afternoon with a 96 second margin over Phil Brown (Velo Ecosse) to add the Scottish Olympic TT title to the 10 and 25 crowns which he already wears, and completing a second successful Trossachs campaign to follow last year’s decisive win.
Meanwhile, Callum Wilkinson (Endura) hammered his road machine through it’s first time test of the year to the bronze medal.
- by Janette Hazlett -
I rode round the course for the Trossachs time trial the other day – ouch… now I’m feeling just a little bit guilty that I make them race round it!
There were no crowds for me on the Duke’s Pass – and I was flying up it too, honest!
On a picture postcard perfect Autumn Sunday, hospital consultant Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Cycles) gave a lesson in how to ride a technical time trial with a two minute plus beating of the field in the classic Tour of the Trossachs.
Ever consistent Jim Cusick (Glasgow Couriers) was second with Plowman Craven professional and Scottish road race champion, Evan Oliphant taking bronze.
Doyle’s recent training regime of riding 55 miles to work each way, prepared him perfectly for the climbs, descents, corners and gnarly surfaces of the “Bristly Country” as the Trossachs translates from the Gaelic language.
When Ed Hood said he and VeloVeritas editor Martin Williamson were going out to watch the Tour de Trossachs it brought back my memories of watching the race for the first time in 1978.
When I started my reminiscences it was going to be all about the Trossachs, but one thing led to another and now we are looking at the early career of Robert Millar and Scottish cycling in 1978.
Mile zero: 09.54, and Alastair McNicol of Kelso Wheelers is on the line. Off No.1 at 10:01, he’s not going to miss his start.
It’s six degrees, there are just whisps of cloud in the sky and Scotland has never looked better. Ferns, conifers and beech, lime green to dark brown form the backdrop for the timekeepers; to the north, the hills of the Trossachs wait quietly for the onslaught.
After her win in the recent Trossachs classic time trial at Aberfoyle, we thought it was about time that we chatted to Pippa Handley, one of the Edinburgh Road Club’s top women riders, a voracious trainer and top 10 place-getter at the British level.
Who else but Jason MacIntyre ran out the winner of this year’s Tour des Trossachs classic time trial, held around Aberfoyle, Scotland. A solid minute and a half space between him and Evan Oliphant, with Ray Wilson in third a further minute back.