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Loch Ken Time Trial – Kyle Gordon Keeps his Form

Kyle Gordon kept his run of wins intact in the fourth round of the CTT Sigma Sports Classic Series around Loch Ken, Castle Douglas.

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On a day which was a total contrast to last Sunday’s Monifieth polar conditions; with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze, that man Kyle Gordon (RT23) showed us that perishing or pleasant, he’s the man to beat on the Scottish time trial scene. Averaging 28.796 mph around the rolling, scenic 26.3 mile Loch Ken Time Trial course in the fourth round of six in the CTT Sigma Sports Classic Series his 54.48 saw him 13 seconds clear of Adam Wild (GS Metro) in second spot with 55.01 and 1 min 17 clear of former Scottish Olympic TT Champion, Chris Smart (GTR – Return To Life). 

Loch Ken Time Trial
Kyle Gordon, Mens Winner of the Loch Ken Time Trial. Photo©Martin Williamson
Loch Ken Time Trial
Adam Wild. Photo©Martin Williamson
Loch Ken Time Trial
Chris Smart. Photo©Martin Williamson

We must mention however that actual second fastest on the road was veteran and recent winner of the CTT Scottish District ‘10’ Championship, Douglas Watson (GTR – Return to Life) who clocked 54.52, just four seconds shy of Gordon’s time but due to the CTT system doesn’t qualify for the men’s race, only the veteran’s.

Loch Ken Time Trial
Douglas Watson. Photo©Martin Williamson

Last Sunday Monifieth was colder but much closer to home; it took three hours to get down to Castle Douglas but with the sky blue and the Borders scenery, it wasn’t too much of a chore.

Breakfast was in a lay-by on the course; Martin’s chum, Chris Godfree stopped by for a chat on his warm-up, the Edinburgh Road Club veteran would stop the clock at 1:05:34 later in the morning.

Chris Godfree blethers for a while, before his warm up. Photo©Ed Hood

I’ve never seen a red kite in my life until this morning – when I saw four of them in five minutes, circling the Bellymack Hill feeding centre near the race finish – beautiful creatures.