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Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Championship 2015 – Peter Murdoch Takes Gold

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On a windswept day for the strong of leg and heart on the Ayrshire coast it was last year’s silver medallist, ‘fresh’ from that toughest of races, the RAS, Peter Murdoch (Neon-Velo Cycling Team) who’s 52:13 was 22 seconds too quick for deposed reigning champion, Iain Grant (Fullarton Wheelers) and 49 seconds faster than bronze medallist and another former ’25’ champion, Arthur Doyle (Dooleys).

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Peter Murdoch, the new Scottish 25 Mile TT Champion. Photo©Martin Williamson

VeloVeritas was there from the first youth to Iain Grant as last man…

The A78 Sunday morning; 08:45, it’s grey, cool and breezy as we wait on the youths at the wee bit complicated ‘bottom’ turn.

It’s the classic ‘fit man’s morning’ on the dual carriageways of the Ayrshire coast.

Peter Murdoch
Our first spot is a slip off, loop round and back over affair. Photo©Martin Williamson

A difficult course to find ‘scenic’ shots on, but that’s the nature of the ‘drag strip’ course so beloved of time triallists – dual carriageway, wide, exposed, rolling gently and fast.

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Thomas Deas. Photo©Martin Williamson

Here’s our first rider, Thomas Deas, (Highland Bikes Racing Team), he get’s round the unmarshalled turn with no fuss and is gone with the tail wind.

Gavin Laffoley (Fife Century) was off #1 but comes through third – we’d learn later from his mum that he’d missed his start.

We’ve all done it !

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Gavin Laffoley. Photo©Martin Williamson

The ladies – many of whom come into the left hander over-geared and don’t bother to look right – have a cold wind to contend with.

In between pictures our hands are in out pooches – chilly!

Emily Middleton (Deeside) is one of the early starters and gets on the podium with 1:02’10”.

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Emily Middleton. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Toni McIntosh. Photo©Martin Williamson

Number 34, Toni McIntosh (Ayr Roads) gets it right though with second place in 1:01’27” and does look for traffic at our junction – she’s not a girl for the high cadences though; rolling a ‘big one’ back to meet the dual carriageway.