Wednesday, July 28, 2021
HomeRaceRace ReviewsThe Scottish Road Race Championship 2009

The Scottish Road Race Championship 2009

-

Ross Creber (Endura) added a top flight ‘en ligne’ result to his VTT and ‘cross palmarès with a fine win in the Scottish Road Race Championship 2009 over a technical, challenging and windy — but beautifully sunny – 81 miles at Hawick on Saturday afternoon.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
The beautiful Scottish Borders.

Creber lead the men in red and white to a clean sweep of the medals with Callum Wilkinson taking silver – distanced by Creber in the sprint – and James McCallum having to be content with bronze after a late race puncture when it looked like it was his day.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Creber adds a good result to his list.

The man McCallum beat into fourth place — Paul Coats (Squadra Via Mazzini-Race Tool Bicycles) – was man of the race for many; featuring throughout the race and only beaten by Endura’s superiority of numbers.

VeloVeritas saw it this way, before the start:

  • Viktor 1) Coutts, 2) Oliphant, 3) Ross Creber
  • Dave 1) Oliphant, 2) Coutts, 3) Gordon Murdoch
  • Me 1) Oliphant, 2) Coutts, 3) Creber

The first break was away well before they banked left past the village green at ‘en fete’ Denholm; where the wedding guests were making their introductions.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Lap one, and the race hurtles past the wedding.

Paul Rennie and the rest had no time for pleasantries as they snarled past the wee kirk.

As was the case last year; a dire morning had left the River Teviot wide, brown, fast and deep but under a bright afternoon Borders sky.

We caught sight of them for a second time on lap one and with a dozen clear and Endura under-represented, the troops were being marshalled — it’s doesn’t pay to give men like Paul Rennie and vets road race champ, Stuart McGregor (both Dooleys) too much rope.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Stuart Mcgregor on the climb to the feed.

Lap 2 and we had a chat with Alex Coutt’s dad at the feeding station, suffice to say there’ll be no Greek writing on Alex’s jersey next year!

The break was now 18 strong and two minutes clear with big favourites Oliphant and Coutts stranded behind.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Evan looked great as usual, but it wasn’t his day today.

A stomach bug would make sure it wasn’t Oliphant’s day.

Lap 3 and it was time for the world’s slowest and worst coffee at Denholm — respect on the cheesecake, though – the break was maybe a little too big to be ‘the’ move and with James McCallum cruising at the back, no one would be too keen to take him all the way to the finish.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Evan, Rab and Alex chase.

Coutts, Oliphant plus Ras and Tour de Beauce finisher, Rab Wardell (Kinesis) had slipped the bunch and were in hot pursuit, behind.

Lap 4 and the wedding was in full effect as the break thrashed through past the kirk to upset things; with Oliphant and Co. within 30 seconds and the bunch at 2-15.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
A little panic in the wedding party now.

Lap 5 and we joined the race, tucking in behind the break; on the lumpy part at the back of the circuit, the 19 leaders had split into four:  groups in the strong wind which blasted in across rolling the Border’s country.

At the top of the climb on lap 6 the winning break had formed — Coats, Rennie, McCallum, Creber, Wilkinson and a surprising Jason Roberts (Nightingale).

Things were very fluid behind as the 13 remaining break survivors were picked up by the bunch, some two minutes back.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Creber leads Rennie thriugh Denholm.

By lap 7 the break was working well on the main road out of Hawick and it was looking highly unlikely that the six were coming back.

We stopped on the climb to see what was happening behind; as the sky became a bit greyer and the wind shook the trees even harder.

Six were clear and chasing – Jack Woodward (thebicycleworks.com), Scott McRae (Endura), Eddie Addis (Stirling BC), McGregor, Coutts and Dave Chapman’s tip as ‘a man to watch’ — Gary McRae (Team Leslie Bike Shop).

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
It’s over for Roberts.

On lap 8 we hopped the chasers back up to the leaders, just in time to see Jason Roberts dreams end as he slipped off the back, followed shortly thereafter by Paul Rennie, paying the price for too much chipping away at that energy block that’s inside every rider.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Good TTT technique on display from the break.

The last lap and the three Enduras plus Coats gave a 35 mph TTT demonstration on the main Hawick road; James McCallum asked us if Paul Rennie really was gone — just to be on the safe side.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
James and Paul ask us the score behind.

The last climb, out of Denholm was where we thought the Endura onslaught would begin, but when we zoomed past at the feed to get the finish, there were still four together.

Not long after we did, the race radio crackled that Wilkinson had bolted; with Creber jumping across to his team mate; leaving ‘Jamesy’ to police Coats.

More drama – McCallum punctured; but it was time to abandon the car to catch the finish.

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
A disappointing day for Kevin Barclay – he broke his chain.

The speed of the riders’ approach caught race ‘speaker,’ Jamie Johnston off guard as hands high Creber left Wilkinson way back in the sprint – McCallum brandished three fingers at us as he put big daylight into Coats.

All that was left to do was get the quotes;

Ross:

“James signalled to Callum to go, he got the gap, then I jumped across to him, I maybe went too early at the end, it was head wind finish.

“I set my sights on the 200 to go as the finish and then hung on, I wasn’t sure how Callum would be in the sprint — but with a skinsuit on and new handlebar tape I had to win, didn’t I?”

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Second place for Callum.

Callum:

“James got Coats on the front and gestured that I should go, it worked perfectly, then Ross came over the top and up to me.

“I’ve not got the best of sprints so I wasn’t going to beat Ross at the end.

“It’s my first Scottish medal, so I’m happy with that; next up, I have the Richmond Premier, The last Super Six and the Trossachs — that’s one of my favourite races.”

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
James shows his respect for the media.

James:

“I told Callum to go on that last climb, Ross went with him — it was perfect.

“I was going to wait until Paul tired, then jump across to the Callum and Ross — but I punctured; I changed a wheel and didn’t get back up to the Paul until the industrial estate coming in to the finish.

“It’s a bit annoying, but that’s bike racing!”

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Paul rode a great race, but what does it say about the Scottish youngsters?

Paul:

“It was a hard course today, a wearing down process.

“It’s good to be up there; I was in the action all day, I made that first split of about 20 and that made it easier to watch what was happening.

“I thought when it was down to the four of us, they’d let me sit on, but they weren’t having it — they were leaving gaps and telling me I had to come through.

“With the three of them, it was always going to end the way it did.”

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Lefevre calls Viktor for an update.

And last word to Viktor:

“It was a typical Scottish road race; the sheer grind of going round and round.

“The Endura guys all seem to be at the same level with the rest a notch below that.

“Paul Coats rode well, but it’s not good for the sport that a guy of 41 is right up there.

“It wasn’t a bad course for Scotland but it would have been better if it had come into Hawick every lap, maybe through the town centre past the bars?”

Scottish Road Race Championship 2009
Yup, it was a hard one, Paul.
Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

Related Articles

Kenta Gallagher – the New Scottish Cyclocross Champion, at 17!

We didn't make the Scottish cyclo cross champs, this year; new house for Martin; major drive to accumulate Brownie points for me - those pictures of Big Wendy from Gent make it hard to plead; 'it was hell out there!' Anyway, congratulations to new champion, 17 year-old junior, Kenta Gallagher (Scott UK) who took the senior title; we thought the man deserved to be interviewed.

Super 6 2009 – Round 4, Lang Whang, West Calder

"Lang Whang" is Auld Scots, it means 'long way' - it's fair to say that Endura's Gary Hand was in the break for a lang whang and he won the finishing sprint by a similar margin from wanderer returned, Alex Coutts (I looked at his jersey but the team name looked like Greek to me).

Michael Nicholson – Out Hard and Suffering Back

Michael Nicholson's (Dooleys) first '50' was a 1:51 and it took him to the Scottish title on a wind swept Saturday night along the banks of the Cromarty Firth. We thought we'd better have a word with the man.

The Scottish National 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2009

It took Arthur Doyle (Dooleys) just 51:33 to join the likes of Billy Bilsland, Graeme Obree and Jason MacIntyre on the roll of honour for the Scottish National 25 Mile Time Trial Championship on a warm but windy Sunday morning on the fast dual carriageway of the A90 Laurencekirk by-pass.

Ian Black – New Scottish 100 Mile TT Champion

VeloVeritas missed the 100 Champs again-we're not men enough to disappear to the Tour for two weekends then vanish to Invergordon at 04:00 the first Sunday we're back.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2009

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championship 2009 - 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 Random

Giro d’Italia 2013 – Stage 7: San Salvo – Pescara, 177km. Adam Hansen Solo!

Known as one of the strongmen of the peloton, today Adam Hansen shook off the company of his five breakaway companions one by one and battled hard in the pouring rain and on glacial road surfaces to take a fantastic solo win on the Giro d’Italia’s seventh stage, finishing over a minute clear of the small group led in by Italy’s Enrico Battaglin and Danilo Di Luca.

Alex Coutts – Tour of Thailand 2008 Winner

In winning the Tour of Thailand, Alex Coutts joined an elite club - British riders who have won an overseas national tour. A couple from the memory banks are: in 1965 Vin Denson won the Tour of Luxembourg and in 1988 the hugely under-rated Cayn Theakston won an epic 19 stage Tour of Portugal - but there aren't many more. We caught up with Alex, just after the Scottish hill climb championship.

Joe Nally – in France for 2021, with Team Elite Restauration 89

Joe Nally is a resilient lad. He's gone out and got himself a ride with French Division Two équipe, Team Elite Restauration 89 based in Toucy for season 2021. Not a bad move in our opinion; the French scene may not be as strong as it once was but it’ll certainly provide more and better racing than Joe would have access to in the UK.

Chloé Dygert Owen – Winning Rainbow Jerseys for Five Years

How long a career do you need to have to win 10 [yes ten] World titles? US ‘chrono girl,’ Chloé Dygert Owen has won that many and she’s still only 23 years-old; and there are two Pan Am golds and an Olympic silver in the dresser drawer too. High times we ‘had a word’ with the young lady out of Indiana.

Preview: “Dig In at the Dock” Cyclocross 2014

Within only 23 minutes of the Dig In at the Dock Cyclocross race going live on the internet, it sold out of it's first 100 places. The organisers were tasked with looking through the list of around 60 riders on the waiting list to select 30 who they felt could add even more sparkle and fun to the now increasingly popular season ending one for all bike race.

Photographer Gary Main – “My Favourite Photographs”

Here at VeloVeritas we’re pleased to inform you that we’ve hooked up with ace cycling snapper, Gary Main. You may already have seen some of his images in our Mark Stewart and Dan Bigham interviews? We thought it might be a good introduction to his work for our readers if he picked out some of his favourite shots for us - over to you, Mr. Main...