Cyclists are a hardy bunch, perhaps Cyclo-Cross Cyclists are the hardiest of them all. On a miserable and bitterly cold February afternoon at Strathclyde Country Park for the Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championships they faced the sleet-fall and muddy terrain with good humour and sturdy resolve. I didn’t hear one complaint all day, maybe because everyone was just happy to finally be having a Scottish Championship after it’s postponement from last November due to the ice-covered course?
Demonstrating that the Scottish ‘Cross scene is in burgeoning rude health, there were lots of riders in each category, with the Senior riders going off last and enjoying the nicely churned course in drying but ever-colder conditions.
Rab Wardell (Alpine Bikes) made it all look easy in the Senior Championship, lying in third place after the initial sprint off the line but taking command shortly afterwards and leading through the start-finish area after the first lap.
Rab’s lead just got bigger and bigger, and despite one or two slips and stumbles in the woods, he didn’t look in any trouble (or even pain), composed and at ease whilst lapping almost the entire field to finish four-and-a-half minutes ahead of second placed Gareth Montgomerie (GT Racing UK) with his teammate Davie Henderson in third.