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Stirling Bike Club’s inaugural Crit on the Campus was held today (Sunday 23rd March) at the chilly but sunny setting of Stirling University. Organiser Andrew Wilson had negotiated a traffic-free closed circuit on Scotland’s most beautiful campus. The challenging circuit was to reward technically skilled riders with long speed bumps, a few small ramps and some swooping bends included.
The action-packed day kicked off at 8:30 with under-10 and under-8 boys and girls competing together in the Youth D/E category for 15 minutes +1 lap. Owen Moran of North Argyll CC beat 18 other boys to win the Youth D category by 4 seconds followed by Archie Ellen of Edinburgh RC in 2nd and Robin Purves of Stirling BC closely behind in 3rd.
The Glasgow Riderz dominated the 7 girls in the Youth D category, with Imani Pereira-Jones, Skye Donnelly and Kasha Butz taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
Jacob Moore win the Youth E boys with the riders in the same age category grouping themselves together – Jake Speed of Tay Titans only 2 seconds behind him and Andrew Brewer of Glasgow Riderz a few seconds further back in 3rd.
Lastly, of the three Youth E girls competing in the race, Isla McCutcheon of Johnstone Jets beat Kristin Peil of Edinburgh RC and Katie Sandilands, Ross-shire CC.
Next up was the Youth C category for riders under 12. At the front of the race, the win came down to a sprint for the line, with Hamish McLaren of Johnstone Jets just pipping Callum Reid of Stirling BC in a photo finish. Aaron King was 2 seconds back in 3rd.
The Youth C girls category saw Rhona Samphier win for the host club Stirling BC, with Georgina Ferry, Glasgow Riderz second, and Katherine MacLeod Edinburgh RC third.
Next up, boys and girls under 16 and under 14 took the line in what was one of the most aggressively ridden races of the whole day. The fastest laps in this race were clocked at around 2 minutes – which turned out to be faster than the novice (cat. 4) senior men’s races – testament to the skills and ability of our best young cyclists. There were regular attacks from a lead group of nearly 20 as riders like Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes), Grant Martin (Spokes RT) and Matthias Barnet (Edinburgh RC) tried to get away and make a move stick.
Impressive was Rhona Callander (Stirling BC), who won the Youth A girls category ahead of clubmate Jenny Holl and Johnstone Jets rival Sarah Bradford. However, Callander in fact stuck with the boys until all but the last few laps, finishing 7th overall in a field of 42 riders.
John Macleod of Edinburgh RC was in amongst the action as the lead riders split and came back together, but it was a move of two that got away and Grant Martin took the win, followed by Matthias Barnet. Joe Nally escaped the other lead riders to take third.
The Youth B boys winner was Alfred George of the Dundee-based Discovery Juniors CC, who managed to stay with the leaders for a good amount of time. Jack Cruden and Jonathon Hillbourne of Glasgow Riderz came second and third in the Youth B boys category.