We used to have Brian Blessed as the voice on the satnav. Today however, on our journey north to watch the Scottish Road Race Championships 2021 it was Daffy but even with our little American Black Duck guiding us it’s a fair old hike from Peebles to Bridge of Alford.
From the Cairn o’ Mount to the circuit is lovely countryside; great for the bike with very little traffic.
We just missed the finish of the ladies’ race atop Suie Hill but got straight to work; a chat with 2021 Scottish Road Race Champion, Ms. Becky Storrie, Brother UK-Cycle Team OnForm.
But not before the vintage tractors had trundled past – happens all the time at the Italian Nationals.
Becky’s race covered less than two laps of the circuit – of which more later – but included two ascents of the stiff Suie Hill climb; we started by asking her about the brevity of the race.
“Yes it’s a pity it’s such a short race but on the other hand I think that idea is to attract more girls to ride, not putting them off with a long distance.”
And the winning move?
“I put a dig in first time up the hill with the idea of getting clear with the two Beths, Maciver and Morrow, that’s how it played out but I was surprised that we were reeled in, so I realised that I’d have to put in an even bigger hit the second time up – and that’s what I did.”
And next up?
“I have a National B race tomorrow and I’m hoping that the ladies’ RAS in Ireland goes ahead – and I’m looking forward to the British National Champs, which are incorporated in the Lincoln GP, I like that hill on the finishing circuit…”
The two Beths did indeed finish second and third with Beth Maciver (Torvelo Racing) second and Beth Morrow (Storey Racing) third.
Best Junior was fourth across the line, Morven Yeoman (Tofauti Everyone Active).
For the record, three non-starters, 24 started and 23 finished on this unforgiving parcours.
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Robbie Brown of the race organisers, Spokes RT has put a lot into the race calendar this season, indeed this event was the 14th race the team has organised in Scotland this year!
There has been only been one other road race or criterium not organised by Spokes RT this season, the Ben Forsyth Criterium which was run by the Edinburgh Road Club.
Rolling through lush farmland out of Bridge of Alford through Montgarrie to Keig and then a fast descent to quiet Auchleven, left on a narrow, gnarly, recently-resurfaced road through Leslie past the Garioch Aero club grass landing strip, to hang a left and ‘bang!’ into Suie Hill.