It may be Milan-San Remo this weekend, a mouth-watering prospect in itself, but I am equally enthused by the events closer to home. A quick post then- there are three major events on, giving something for various levels and disciplines of rider.
The Dick Longragon Road Race in Aberdeenshire, run by Granite City RT is one for the stronger riders, with a couple of Elites and plenty of cat1 and 2 riders in the field. The onus will be on Endura / PedalPower with a strong team as in the first Super 6. It’s not a course I have ridden or seen, but from the pictures, I gather it is tough- more of a climber’s terrain.
image- Granite City RT
Yesterday I previewed the Corrieri’s Classic, one of the first flat time trials to be held this season. Arthur Doyle took the Knockhill hilly TT a few weeks back and seems to be the favourite for this one, a 10 mile out-and-back. It’s a chance for the rouleurs of Scotland to put their winter training to the test, see how fast they can go early season, and set themselves or their rivals a marker to be bettered later in the year.
I’ve also alluded to the Lake APR in another recent post, and this event, run by the Glasgow Nightingale allows novices and experienced riders alike to race in the same bunch. Novices can test themselves in the early groups, while faster riders are obliged to chase these down either for training or the prize. The roads are tough – lumpy (and bumpy in places) but in the most part not too hilly until the finish up into Balfron. The usual griping about handicapping, ‘sandbaggers’ and sitting-in will be inevitable!
Great to have this variety of racing in Scotland and good luck to all competitors!