Road Race preview: Super Six round 2: Leven

The Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Cycling Sup6r Six is Scotland’s premier road race series. This weekend sees the second event, the Duncan MacGregor memorial road race. I previewed round 1 of the Super Six series B race and got something right: junior Jack Barrett stormed to second place and has now stepped up to the A race.

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The B race (which I am entering) is 50 miles- two laps of the course, for 4th cats, Vets E/1/2/3/4th cat/50/60+, Junior 4 and Women. I’m new to the racing scene but my ones to watch include Charlie Billington of Edinburgh who rode well in round 1. Craig Dale of Edinburgh University Triathlon Club won round 1, and is back to contest the points for the series, although he might have risen to cat 3. There also might be a few other triathlon ringers in there! Eileen Roe is a Braveheart supported rider and could give the men a few things to think about.

The A race is for Elite to 3rd category racers. Immediately obvious from the start sheet is the strong entry from Endura: six riders including Scottish Champion Ross Creber and former Commonwealth riders Evan Oliphant and James McCallum. Scottish domestic club teams who have been going well include Glasgow Wheelers and Stirling Bike Club, and Dooleys Cycles and Leslie Bike Shop are also very strong, but they will have their work cut out to thwart Scotland’s pro team.

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It’s a tough course with a couple of climbs that will really test the field. The elevation below shows the neutralised section, two laps and the finishing section, which has a slight uphill kick to the finish. Last year Brendan Milliken (PedalPower RT) got away on the climb and stayed away with Graham Barclay (Leslie Bikes) to win the B race. The A field split on the climb and the lead bunch was further whittled down over the next two laps, with Gary Hand (Endura) winning.