Scottish time trialling came within ten seconds of a major upset on the wind swept tarmac of the A77 near Newton Mearns on Saturday morning as 45 year-old Peter Ettles (Forres) thrashed his 104” fixed gear to within that many seconds of defending 10 mile champion and current short distance king, Arthur Doyle (Dooleys) at the Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2009.
Doyle’s 20:46 saw of the challenge and also led his Dooleys squad to team victory; but the destination of the bronze medal was another surprise as Alister Robinson (Endura Racing) rode to 21:07 off number 22 — much too early for VeloVeritas!
We set up shop some three minutes racing time from turn; shafts of warm sunshine gave way to grey clouds and a cool cross wind that rose as the morning progressed.
The first rider we photographed was Dooley’s Super vet, Bob Taylor off 79 and looking good on his new Argon (we’ll spare any jokes involving Bob and gas).
His roadman team mate Paul Rennie, on a rare excursion into the ‘alone and unpaced’ twilight zone was the first whose tubs were making the correct noise on the tar — 21:53 was what the watch said at the finish.
We waited in vain for former 10 medallist Jonathan Copp (Sandy Wallace), but Alan Thomson (Glasgow Couriers) was looking good.
Dave Caesar (thebicycleworks.com) arrived on time, which was a surprise to us; we thought he ventured too far on his pre race warm up.
Evan Oliphant (Plowmans) still has the best legs in the business, but despite a course record at the Kirkliston 10 mid-week; 21:13 was as all the time keeper could tell him.
Evan was the man we set the watch on and it was a surprise to see another roadie turned ‘clock basher’ for the day, Michael Nicholson (Glasgow Wheelers) only one second down on the man from Wick.