The weekend’s racing

I’m well late with this preview but there’s another good weekend of racing ahead in Scotland. Apologies for this hastily ‘cobbled’ together post but I thought it would be good to keep up the momentum after my first ‘preview’ post of the year which seemed to go down well. Results will be found on the Braveheart forum, there might be a post-race interview or digest piece done by Veloresults and personal reports will appear on club websites so it’s nice to offer something different.

The Dunfermline Road Race incorporating the Jack Murray Junior Trophy is run by Dunfermline CC and is held over 10 laps of a hilly course tomorrow (Saturday). To the complacent, the parcours doesn’t look too hard but over 10 laps it will wear you down if you are not fit and ready. A 3/4 field means there will be some strong riders, which I have found to my cost in the past two years, getting badly dropped both times I competed. The Fife circuit tends to be pretty blowy, and with some sharp corners, you often find yourself suddenly in the wind. There aren’t many hiding places.

The second round of the Sup6r Six series, sponsored by Scottish Power Renewables is on at Rosneath. It’s promoted by Glasgow Ivy and run by stalwart volunteer Jeanette Hazlett. “Hat” to her for all her efforts. This isn’t a course, or a part of the country, that I know at all, so I won’t pretend to be an expert but it is sure to be another hilly one. Craig Adams of new squad GJS Racing did a recce recently and tweeted about it: some big drags, and a couple of steep sections of 15%. Two laps was 873m total assent from Helensburgh. I’m sure the contenders will have checked this out but anyone riding it blind might be in for a surprise! There is the A race for Elites to cat.3 and the B for 4ths, Women (of whom there are several riding), and juniors.

Lastly the Royal Albert 10 TT on the Cambusbarron course- the same as the Corrieri’s Classic a few weeks back. This gives the time triallists a chance to give it laldy on a nice flat out-and-back course on the A811. There will be TTs on this stretch of road throughout the season- check the British Cycling calendar or Braveheart Event Promotion section for pointers.

I always feel like a bit of a charlatan making predictions, as I probably only know about a quarter of the names in the peloton. There are strong riders all over the place but Sup6rSix round 1 winner Robbie Hassan is an obvious one to watch on home turf in the A race- check his interview on Veloresults for his thoughts.

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Apart from just listing and ‘bigging up’ the various events on this weekend, what is the point of this blog post, you might be asking? Well- I think there is a great range of racing for different disciplines and abilities running and additional promotion can’t be a bad thing. Sorry it’s basic and I’ve left it till the day before to post!

There’s bound to be events I’ve missed- pull me up for it and I’ll check them out for the next preview I do.