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Grant Ferguson U23 CX champ for Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team

Grant Ferguson had a great start to the 2013 season for his new Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team, winning the U23 CX national title. Teammate Marek Konwa also won the Polish National Champion title in the Elite Men category.

Grant Ferguson, newcomer to the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team, won the U23 CX National title, overcoming a brave ride by defending champion Steven James and an aggressive performance from Ben Sumner who finished third. It was Kenta Gallagher (also a new recruit to the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team) who made the first impression on the race, leading the charge away from the start with Nick Barnes, Adam Martin and Ferguson close behind. By the end of the 2nd lap a six rider group had formed, including Ferguson. It was Ben Sumner who finally broke up the race with a big effort at the start of the 4th lap. Ferguson was the only rider to go with him. With the bell approaching, Ferguson finally made his move and he broke clear, able to stretch his lead to around half a minute at the finish line, as he claimed his first national CycloCross title. Kenta Gallagher finished in a strong 6th place on 1.35.

Grant Ferguson: “I’m really pleased. This has been a big target for me. Since the MTB season has stopped I’ve been working to get faster and improve a few things. It was a really tight race and then it split up a couple of times. I had a few little goes and someone got away, so I just went for it on the last lap and a half.”

Scottish based clothing sponsor Endura, who is the official cycle clothing sponsor of Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014, will also no doubt have been pretty pleased.

Endura sponsors Kenta Gallagher, Grant Ferguson and the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team

Lately I have been putting press releases on the blog – I would prefer to write my own pieces or at least edit the most interesting information and provide commentary, but while struggling for time, a ready-made article is sometimes too handy not to run with.

Endura’s newest sponsorship venture is particularly interesting in that GB U23 / Academy riders Grant Ferguson and Kenta Gallagher are part of the team. Many people back home have an idea of how good these two are but in the bigger international racing picture, they are very much starting out in their careers and getting top level racing experience.

So we will watch their development with interest.

Endura is proud to announce that the Scottish bikewear and accessories provider is the official cycle clothing sponsor of Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. The 10 rider strong team will be managed by Bart Brentjens, founder of the Brentjens MTB Racing team and the first Olympic gold medal winner in the history of XC mountain biking as an Olympic discipline at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996.

As the team’s exclusive clothing sponsor, Endura will provide the team with their custom-made team kit as well as with all other cycle clothing that the riders wear for racing as well as for training.

“We are delighted to be part of the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. We have had such a successful product development process for our road clothing over the past 4 years through Endura Racing [now Team NetApp-Endura for 2013 and 2014] that it made perfect sense to replicate this system for MTB with a team of equivalent standing and we think we have found that with Bart and the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team. We’ll be working closely with the riders on our XC clothing to compliment the inputs from Oli Beckingsale and Tracy Moseley. Having an additional 10 riders to work with, especially ones of such high calibre, is something that our product development team are really excited about, and it’s even more special for us to be supporting and working with Grant Ferguson and Kenta Gallagher as your Scottish talents on the team”, says Jim McFarlane, founder and Managing Director of Endura.

The team will be racing on an International level; the racing schedule for 2013 and 2014 including the UCI Worldcup series XCO & XCE, the National Championships, the European Championships, the World Championships, the National Series, and Cape Epic.

The team riders for 2013 are Marek Konwa (POL), Jeroen Boelen (NED), Hans Becking (NED), Grant Ferguson (UK), Kenta Gallagher (UK), Anne Terpstra (NED), Jiri Novak (CZE), Yana Belomoyna (UKR), and Paul Rodenbach (SA).

Bart Brentjens’ team was formerly known as Milka Superior MTB Racing Team. After a successful cooperation in 2012, Superior has reinforced the sponsoring agreement for 2013. With Milka falling away as main sponsor, the official name for the UCI Trade Team in 2013 will be “Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team”. Also, the team logo has been re-styled accordingly.

Cyclocross promo by Corinne Walder

It’s still cyclocross season, and I thought I’d post this short, stylised promo video shot and edited by Corinne Walder. It’s just an intro to the sport, so nothing groundbreaking for diehards, but it does feature some soundbites from two fresh-faced Scots on the British Cycling academy, Kenta Gallagher and Grant Ferguson.

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Scottish Climbs: The Serpentine, Rothesay

It is now hill climb season, and The Serpentine Road in Rothesay is used for the hill climb of the Bute Cycling festival, held annually by the Bute Wheelers since the 1950s. This weekend is coming up- 17th and 18th September 2011.

The festival incorporates a series of four races, with a fun atmosphere that is slightly more informal than some events. It is often used as an end-of-season social trip, with the Saturday night being as important a part of the weekend as the 2-up time trial, the 10, the hill climb or the APR.

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The climb itself is a steep winding road that spirals upwards for 1/3 of a mile, and like most short, sharp climbs, demands the maximum whether you are racing up it or just riding- taking your time simply prolongs the effort!

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Scottish cyclocross champions 2011

I did a minimal preview of the CX champs at Irvine. Although I try not to do too much news and race reporting (it’s hard work to keep up and other places do it better), I thought I should honour some of the champions.

There are full results on the Scottish Cyclocross website.

Ross Creber won the senior mens for his new 2011 team CyclePremier.com – Metaltek, pursued by Endura’s Davie Lines. Thanks martysavalas aka naegears on twitter for the cc attribution on several of these pics. Click through to flickr for a full set.


Senior women’s winner was Katy Winton of Glentress Riders. Good race from a young rider, beating several seniors. With apologies to Hannah Ferguson, sister of junior winner Grant, who I previously misidentified.


Eileen Roe, who rode in the Commonwealth games took silver in the ladies category. Pic from the Leslie Bike Shop / Right Move Windows twitter.

Vets podium was a 1-2-3 for Leslie Bike Shop with Gary Macrae winning and John McCaffrey and Brendan Roe rounding out the medals. A good day for the Roes.

Junior Mens winner was Grant Ferguson of Dooley’s RT. Grant races mountain bikes under the BC Development programme, and has ridden stage races abroad for Scotland too. Pic by martysavalas on flickr.


Silver was Stuart McCluskey also of Leslie Bike Shop. A good day for their team.


I will endeavour to cover the youth riders in another post.