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Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007

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Jason Macintyre (Edge RT) made it a ‘double-double’ on Sunday morning as he successfully defended his Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007 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.

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007
Scottish Champion again.

There were two surprises on the morning; Macintyre’s winning margin on the morning was ‘only’ 1:07 over runner-up and former team mate, Mark Atkinson’s (Sandy Wallace) 53:05; and the destination of the bronze medal – which went to a flying Jim Cusick (Glasgow Couriers) with 54:04.

Having won the Scottish 10 Mile TT title by a minute-and-a-half, it was expected that the Fort William man would be a couple of minutes clear of the field in the “25”; however, a rear wheel change – which was complicated by Macintyre’s choice of allen key rather than lever-operated quick-release cams – meant that he had to surrender most of the two minutes advantage he had gained in catching Atkinson for that amount of time after around 40 minutes of riding.

But for Jason’s misfortune, he might well have broken the magical 50 minute barrier, a feat he achieved in winning the British championship.

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007
Mark Atkinson – 2nd.

Joint silver medallist at 25 miles in 2004 behind Mark Atkinson (above), Cusick’s ride was unexpected; riders pushing hard for medals in the 10 championship, like Arthur Doyle (Ivy CC) or Gary Robson (Edge RT) would have been most pundit’s choice, however a wild Friday night (the exact details of which we cannot divulge) meant it was a relaxed Cusick who faced the time keeper and after a slower than usual start he was nine seconds too quick for Doyle at the line.

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007
Mark Atkinson’s gurd.

The car computer read 15 degrees at 09:30 on Sunday morning as the ten fastest seeds, placed at two minute intervals at the rear of the field, rolled-away from the start at Eglington Country Park.

There was a breeze off the sea which rose as the morning progressed but it was sunny and dry, with the only clouds in view being those clinging to the beautiful mountains of Arran, in the distance.

The course comprises two laps of a largely dual carriageway circuit running north to south, parallel to the coast.

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007
Jason in full flight.

I pitched camp for the morning at the roundabout turn which marks the end of the short stretch of single carriageway at the southern end of the course.

The marshal was a nice chap but bore a pained expression; “..chances you could keep an eye on things, while I go for a pee?”

Always happy to help the Wallacehill CC, I took up position in the road; “if any of these boys go off course, I’ll just bolt back to Kirkcaldy!” I thought to myself.

However, our man reappeared from the bushes and I was able to get back to my journalistic duties.

I started the watch on Stevie Blom (Glasgow Couriers) and took my time on the other seeds from him.

Like many of the ‘pure’ testers, Stevie made heavy weather of the roundabout, those with a road background like Jason and Jonathan Copp (Deeside) whistled round in lower gears without missing a beat whilst the time trial specialists laboured big gears and struggled to get back up to speed.

Stevie Gray (Edge RT) – who would be in the winning team with Jason and Gary Robson — was next up, but 10 seconds down on Stevie.

The wind was by now making the pages in my note book flutter as 2006 bronze medallist Joe Wilson (Sandy Wallace) passed, square with Stevie.

Jonathan Copp was 15 seconds down, albeit looking fluent and aero.

Jonathan’s Deeside team mate, Ian Humphreys, on his second lap looked good on his gleaming black, Australian Institute of Sport, BT ‘super-bike’ — not the fastest, but next to Jason he looked the best!

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007
Ian ‘Ziggy’ Humphreys.

Arthur Doyle wasn’t putting any time off as he banked that Cervelo through the roundabout — fastest, up 5 seconds on Stevie.

Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2007
Billy McFarlane (Edge RT) was 25 secs down.

‘Oldie but goodie’ Davie Gibson (GS Modena) was next, wearing his usual pained expression, and more-or-less square with Stevie.