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Tour de Trossachs 2012 – “It’s not a competition anymore…”

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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.

Irrelevant though it is, best times were:

  1. Alistair Robinson (Leslie Bikes) 1:10:34
  2. Andy Whitehall (Velo Ecosse) 1:10:58
  3. Jim Cusick (Glasgow Couriers) 1:11:30
  4. Steven Lawley (thebicycleworks) 1:11:37

It was a sad end to a morning which began with such promise…

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The sun splits the skies, the air is fresh and there’s still frost hanging on the ferns – glorious.

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Valerie Martin (Dooleys Cycles). Photo©Ed Hood

The girls are first on the Dukes, wheezing a tad in somewhat unladylike fashion past the ‘bicycle gates.’

We have to take the predictable picture.

The ‘gallery’ on the Dukes is down to two individuals this year.

We remember when it was a couple of hundred. 

Martin recounts the story of when, as a wee Velo Sportiv schoolboy, Musselburgh’s Davie Urquhart kindly handed him up a ‘Club’ Orange biscuit on this very bend – ‘for energy.’

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Valerie Martin (Dooleys Cycles). Photo©Martin Williamson
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Fraser Robinson (Keswickbikes.co.uk). Photo©Martin Williamson
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Andy Wilson (St. Christopher’s CC). Photo©Martin Williamson
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David Gibson (Dooleys Cycles). Photo©Martin Williamson

Further up the climb, at the McDonald Memorial seat there’s real heat in the sun as Davie Gibson (Dooleys) stomps up through the ‘S’ bends. Davie won this event on numerous occasions, ‘back in the day.’

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David Gibson (Dooleys Cycles). Photo©Ed Hood
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Ran Shenton (Team Swift). Photo©Ed Hood

At the top, Jim Leslie reminisced about the time he brought his breakfast up on the Dukes – cheers, Jim.