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Rab Wardell – Scottish Cyclo-Cross Champion 2014


Unfortunately, VeloVeritas didn’t make it to the 2014 Scottish Cyclo-Cross Championships; it took that nice big colour shot of Rab Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team) in ‘Sportivs and Lance DVD Sales Weekly’ (aka ‘The Comic‘ – or Cycling Weekly) to remind us of the error of our ways.

We soon had the man who’s forsaken tarmac for mud and single track on the end of the phone…

Rab Wardell
Rab Wardell. Photo©Martin Williamson

Congratulations Rab, tell us about the win, please.

“I won by a decent margin, 30/40 seconds but there was some good competition from young riders who are on the up – U23 Jack Ravenscroft (Team Thomson Cycles) was second and the very experienced Dave Lines (Starley Primal) right there in third spot.

“I’m maybe not as fit as I would like so I had to use my experience and race smart – I can be guilty of racing recklessly but I knew I couldn’t do that in the Champs.

“The course was around Knockburn Loch at Banchory, there was a long, wide straight, a punchy climb, other bits of climbing and some sand so I dosed my effort and made sure I was able to recover a little bit each lap where I could.”