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The Scottish Road Race Championships 2017 – Robertson and Erskine take the honours

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The Scottish Elite men’s and women’s Road Race Championships winners medals went to new homes with neither of last year’s winners Evan Oliphant or Eileen Roe on the start sheet for Sundays events.

An exciting day’s racing saw the victory in the Elite Men’s race go to the Army CC’s Mark Robertson with Julie Erskine riding appropriately for Cycle Team on Form taking the Women’s title.

Scottish Road Race Championships 2017
Mark Robertson. Photo©Callum MacGregor
Scottish Road Race Championships 2017
Julie Erskine. Photo©Callum MacGregor

An ambitious programme saw the Championships races and a supporting 3rd, 4th and Junior race cater for close to 200 riders in total in a full day of racing organised by Blair Whiteside.

The attempt to avoid A roads saw a number of smaller roads being used, with the police and Fife Council allowing these to be closed for the day.

This proved less than popular with some locals, although I was impressed by Tom Bishop, Dunfermline CC who proved an effective mediator with one particularly unhappy gentleman.

So effective was he, the chap stayed for a while to watch the goings on.

The supporting race was won by Alex MacRae, having brought the exuberant Dylan Hughes, Spokes Racing Team to heal.

Scottish Road Race Championships 2017
It’s almost over for Dylan Hughes with less than 4km to the finish. Photo©Callum MacGregor
Scottish Road Race Championships 2017
Dylan Hughes leads the support race early-on. Photo©Callum MacGregor

The remnants of the bunch reeling him in with about three kilometres to go, setting Alex up for a sprint win.

Dave and I were marshalling on the finishing circuit at the village of Star, not exactly the bustling metropolis but it meant we missed the finish of all three races, rider safety first we say.

The women’s race was contested over 44 miles and the relatively small field was under pressure and fracturing when we watched the riders exit the closed road section after the Cults climb.

Scottish Road Race Championships 2017
The first chase group. Photo©Callum MacGregor
Scottish Road Race Championships 2017
Chasing the leaders. Phot