Scottish Road Race Champs 2011

Vortex RT are hosting the Men’s and Women’s Scottish Championships in 2011, on 22nd May, based in historic Balfron.

Scottish Road Race winner 2010, courtesy Alister Watt, click image for full set

Last years winners Jane Barr and Evan Oliphant both competed at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and will be defending their titles again in 2011. The events will be based in historic Balfron and run over 11km circuit, with the men completing 12 laps and the women 6 laps.

A welcome addition this year will see the circuit passing through Balfron each lap, with lots of opportunity for spectating. On the last lap of each race the riders will turn right in the town finish line will be 300m up the road, outside Doyles cafe. The circuit will be run in an anti-clockwise direction on a testing course, with plenty of places for riders to attack and gain time on their rivals.

Vortex RT are working with Balfron Community Council to deliver an event befitting a Scottish Championship. Race service will be provided by the team at Solid Rock Cycles, with Ridley Bikes providing support to the event and Conquest Bike Wear be supplying race winners jerseys.

A Scottish champion’s jersey is something I have wondered about for a while- I think the SCU is a regional offshoot of British Cycling, rather than a separate national association recognised by the UCI so I had assumed it wasn’t possible to award a jersey for the Scottish Champions. However I think it will be nice to have one, whether it is official or not, and it will be interesting to see a design.

There’s also going to be skills sessions and events for youth riders, a bike shop stand, a Ridley bikes stand and a nice Ridley prize for the race winner, Belgian waffles and beer on sale from Doyles cafe, and lots of other unconfirmed things going on. Lots to involve the local community and attract spectators, which there has been something of a dearth of in recent years.