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The First Women’s Tour of Scotland – from the roadside

The first Women's Tour of Scotland had some great racing, a wonderful parcours and somewhat mixed fortunes, suffering a cancelled stage and lots of rain and wind. Still, it's Scotland in August and not unexpected. Ed and Martin took in the action from the roadside.

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Stage One 

Firstly we have to thank the lady and gentleman who told us that the Women’s Tour of Scotland had been stopped due to the flooding on the south Loch Leven road – elsewise we’d still be up there at Cleish with the clouds and sheep.

I guess hunters would have found us in the spring?

Womens Tour of Scotland
Photo©Ed Hood

We drove up to the Cleish hill prime from the Dunfermline side and up near Loch Glow there were floods with a lot of gravel and soil washed on to the road, so the cancelation was no surprise, really.

But our intrepid editor, Martin had been all the way up to Dundee to see the start…

Womens Tour of Scotland
Photo©Martin Williamson

And on a day such as this there was plenty of ‘hot stuff’ being applied.

Womens Tour of Scotland
Photo©Martin Williamson

VeloVeritas has never seen so many motos – 32 police bikes plus National Escort Group bikes – but we’re told that the Tour of Britain has twice as many of the beasts.

Womens Tour of Scotland
Photo©Martin Williamson

Former double British Criterium Champion, Scotland’s Eileen Roe was on hand to carry out PR duties.

Womens Tour of Scotland
Photo©Martin Williamson

The Lotto team with Katie Archibald representing Scotland lead the minute’s silence for the Belgian team’s compatriot on the World Tour team, young Bjorg Lambrecht who died as a result