Gifford: 1st race 2011

I did my first race (and maybe last for a while) after a winter of training as efficiently as I could with limited time. Last year I bombed, even after a hard winter of riding with the fast boys, so this time I was relatively happy to hang almost until the end, getting dropped and cramping on the last climb. It was won by Ross Green, a junior rider from Stewartry Wheelers.


image courtesy of Derek Reid, Edinburgh RC

Although there were the inevitable crashes in the B race, I managed to stay near the front and avoid them. Despite these, which tend to happen when nervous, twitchy and sometimes inexperienced bunch, I found the race to be safe and really well marshalled – thanks and well done to organisers Edinburgh Road Club.



Scottish Power Renewables are also supporting the series again and it’s always worth giving the sponsor a mention. Scottish Cycling are encouraging use of #SPRSUP6RSIX as a twitter hashtag – I find this a bit cumbersome but no matter, if it catches on, it will be useful for people to share in the post-race chat.

Scottish Cycling Scottish Power Renewables

In the A race, the new PedalPower RT/Endura team looked formidable and were working well as a team. They might say so themselves in the PedalPower blog write-up but I don’t doubt it. As a side note- I found it interesting that the A race got a few lines in The Scotsman, which picked up on Ross Creber’s return to do battle against former teammates, now riding for Cycle Premier/Metaltek.

I shot pictures for 5 laps of the A race – on flickr here– and PedalPower/Endura were amongst all the moves. In the end Hassan took the win with Hand 2nd and taking the sprint points, and Lines the KOM points.

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Full results should appear here on the Braveheart forum.
Found some good quality photos on flickr here.
Interview with Robbie Hassan by Veloresults.
Scottish Cycling race report