Gifford: 1st race 2011

I did my first race (and maybe last for a while) after a winter of training as efficiently as I could with limited time. Last year I bombed, even after a hard winter of riding with the fast boys, so this time I was relatively happy to hang almost until the end, getting dropped and cramping on the last climb. It was won by Ross Green, a junior rider from Stewartry Wheelers.

image courtesy of Derek Reid, Edinburgh RC

Although there were the inevitable crashes in the B race, I managed to stay near the front and avoid them. Despite these, which tend to happen when nervous, twitchy and sometimes inexperienced bunch, I found the race to be safe and really well marshalled – thanks and well done to organisers Edinburgh Road Club.

Scottish Power Renewables are also supporting the series again and it’s always worth giving the sponsor a mention. Scottish Cycling are encouraging use of #SPRSUP6RSIX as a twitter hashtag – I find this a bit cumbersome but no matter, if it catches on, it will be useful for people to share in the post-race chat.

Scottish Cycling Scottish Power Renewables

In the A race, the new PedalPower RT/Endura team looked formidable and were working well as a team. They might say so themselves in the PedalPower blog write-up but I don’t doubt it. As a side note- I found it interesting that the A race got a few lines in The Scotsman, which picked up on Ross Creber’s return to do battle against former teammates, now riding for Cycle Premier/Metaltek.

I shot pictures for 5 laps of the A race – on flickr here– and PedalPower/Endura were amongst all the moves. In the end Hassan took the win with Hand 2nd and taking the sprint points, and Lines the KOM points.


Full results should appear here on the Braveheart forum.
Found some good quality photos on flickr here.
Interview with Robbie Hassan by Veloresults.
Scottish Cycling race report