Courtesy of race organiser Christopher Johnson of Ayr Roads CC, comes this preview of the Davie Bell Road Race.
The 5th June 2011 will see the 46th edition of The David Bell Memorial Road Race, which incorporates round 4 of the Scottish Power Renewables SuP6R Six Road Race Series. The event, more commonly referred to as ‘The Davie Bell’ commands a certain respect from Scottish cyclists. Known for its rugged parcours and unpredictable weather as much as for its heritage, it always takes a strong man to claim victory.
Endura’s Evan Oliphant won the 8000m British Grass Track championship at the weekend. A good interview by Ed Hood can be found on Veloresults, with some interesting comments on things other than the grass track too.
Evan had raced a crit in Dumfries on the Friday before the Premier Calendar race, and according to a post on the Richmond Cycling Club website he had had a dope test after the Premier Calendar race on Sunday, which meant lots of water and no food after the race. This then meant a non-stop drive to Richmond, not ideal preparation. Nutrition is alleged to have consisted of kebab, pizza and curry, followed by a night sleeping on the benches in the Richmond Cricket Pavilion. The glamour of pro bike racing eh!
Some intersting info on the history of the track from Richmond Cycling Club website:
Perhaps the most novel of the Richmond Cyclists’ Meet events is the Grass Track Meeting on the town’s cycling track. The grass track on the cricket field in Richmond is one of only three* banked cycling-specific tracks in the country and is arguably the best! Racing on the track dates back to the late 1800s, when local bookies would take bets on the riders, who gave their bikes names – much like horse racing. Richmond’s population would treble in size with spectators coming to witness the spectacle of the racing and the morning carnival parade through the historic marketplace.
*I’d quibble with this: there’s Manchester, Newport, Meadowbank and Dundee, in addition to Richmond, so that makes five. Any more? With London and Glasgow to come for 2012 and 2014 respectively.
image of a grass track meet in the borders by Let's Bike It on flickr
I found a nice picture by Emma of the Granite City RT (click the link for the full set).
It shows former Scottish Road Race champion Evan Oliphant crossing the line at Balfron to win the Trossachs road race, also known as the Sam Robinson memorial. It is run by the Glasgow Nightingale Cycling Club.
Ben Greenwood of Rapha Condor won the Lammermuirs road race, which was also run as the ESCA Championships (East of Scotland Cycling Association).
Ben attacked on the final five mile section of the race after 5 and a half laps of the Gifford circuit, a loop to the south of Haddington. He soloed up to the finish line at Redstone Rigg, a climb with two sections with gradients of up to 17%.
Endura RT’s Evan Oliphant and Callum Wilkinson came 2nd and 3rd, with Stirling Bike Club’s Robin Wilkins 4th.
Stirling also enjoyed a particularly strong ride from young junior Jack Barrett.
I hung on to the bunch for about 4 laps, and was feeling the pace pretty badly. I carried on, determined to finish and limped up the climb second last, but there were plenty of abandonments!
Photo links © James Ruskin, and Edinburgh RC.
Rapha-Condor: Ben Greenwood
Stirling Bike Club