Race Report: Battle of Balloch Castle 2016

BLAZING sunshine over Loch Lomond didn’t spoil the occasion as young gun Harry Johnston prevailed at the Battle of Balloch Castle CX. A pre-race deluge brought enough mud to the battlefield to test technique, on a fast and fair course that was well appreciated by more than 100 riders over two races.

Words: Mark McGivern
Images: Michael Martin

Race Report: Battle of Balloch Castle 2016

2x10: Matt & Elisa Smith

Welcome to our first 2x10, a variation to our normal 1x10 where we plan to stoke sibling rivalries, find out parent's worst habits and pit couple against couple for your reading pleasure. First up are Velo Club Moulin riders Elisa and Matt Smith. With a top 10 in the Scottish CX Series for Elisa, and a top 20 for Matt (plus a podium spot), the 2015-2016 season panned out pretty well for them.

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1x10: Gary Macdonald

My name is Gary Macdonald, I'm 32 years old and pretty weathered!! I'm better known for my motor cycle trials exploits in the UK and around Europe. I’ve been competing in Trials for 24 years now and I'm currently 11x Scottish Champion.

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1x10: Gary Macdonald

CXNE Race Calendar 2016-2017

South of the border, Cyclocross North East have released their events calendar for the upcoming season. Racing begins at Thorneyford Farm, Ponteland on July 24th, and entries are open if you're in the mood for an early season cross-border raid.

CXNE Race Calendar 2016-2017
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Gran Fonduro Postponed for 2016

It looks like the ambitious Gran Fonduro planned for the Borders has been cancelled for this year. According to the event website, they hope to run the event in 2017.

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Gran Fonduro Postponed for 2016
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Super Quaich Series 2016-17

The dates for this season's SuperQuiach Series races have just been announced. Fox Lake joins the roster with a slot in early February (replacing the already legendary BPGP).

15th Jan: SuperQuaich 2 - RGCX
22nd Jan: SuperQuaich 1 - Doonbank*
5th Feb: SuperQuaich 3 - Fox Lake
19th Feb: Superquaich 4 - Dig In

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Super Quaich Series 2016-17

Raleigh SCX 2016 Series Calendar

We are pleased to announce the addition of a seventh race in the 2016 Raleigh SCX Series. Dunfermline CC will host a race at Fife College on November 13th.

Lochore Meadows (where the Scottish National Championships will be hosted) will also be part of the Series this year, but SCX plan to revert to a 6 Race Series plus separate Championships format in 2017.

Raleigh SCX 2016 Series Calendar

Scottish Cyclocross 2015-16: a photographic review by Anthony Robson

“A photographic look back at 9 of the races of the 2015/16 Scottish cyclocross season. 120 pages of mainly full colour (and some arty black and white, naturally) images, summing up the joy and pain of this fantastic winter sport.”

Scottish Cyclocross 2015-16: a photographic review by Anthony Robson
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SocialCross

This July sees the inaugural SocialCross, an exciting new race in the Scottish calendar. Described as an afternoon of cyclocross, ceilidh and craic, the format of 3 30 minute races offers something new to riders keen to experience the beautiful grounds of Glengorm Castle, Mull in slightly less wintry conditions than normal.

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SocialCross
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Super Quiach 4 - Dig In At The Dock

If you ever wanted to watch a big CX race, but didn't fancy the trip to Belgium, get down to Bo'ness this weekend for the best race in Scotland. The main event of the day will see Scotland's top riders battling for the Super Quaich, the culmination of a brand new four-race series which has seen some amazing muddy (and snowy) battles this year. 

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Super Quiach 4 - Dig In At The Dock
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Race Report: Beveridge Park Grand Prix 2

What a race! Perfect mix of fast tarmac, muddy switchbacks and foot oot corners. In the morning high winds made course set up, ehm, tricky…. Massive credit to all the marshals that helped fix the course in between races, ace job! 

For the start of the B race the wind had mercifully died down to be replaced with a downpour. Once the B’s were underway the course became very different. All the fast flowing sections had been replaced by slippery adverse camber and the windy flat sections had turned into long runs for some and leg bucklers for others. In the B race we also saw some snapped shifters, rolled tubs and snapped mechs, the A racers couldn’t watch for fear.

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Race Report: Beveridge Park Grand Prix 2
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Beveridge Park Racers Return for Cyclocross Shootout.

Portage Cycling have again paired up with Fife Council’s Active Fife team to deliver the second Beveridge Park Grand Prix of Cyclocross. The event which forms the third round of the Super Quaich Winter Series will be held on Sunday 7th February 2016.

The sell out event has over 200 riders signed up to take on the challenging tarmac and grassland circuit of 1.2 miles in an exciting A and B race format.

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Beveridge Park Racers Return for Cyclocross Shootout.
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Dave Hamill on the Drum Up Podcast

Dig In Organiser Dave Hamill is the latest guest on Owen Phillipson's excellent Drum Up Podcast. Dave discusses his early years on a bike, getting started in racing, the Dig In videos and the growth of Scottish CX over the last few years.

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Dave Hamill on the Drum Up Podcast
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Beveridge Park Grand Prix: Rider Information Pack

Portage Cycling and Active Fife are proud to present The Beveridge Park Grand Prix of Cyclocross (BPGP), back for it’s second race at Beveridge Park. The event will form Round 3 of the Super Quaich series. The race will take place at Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, Sunday the 7th February 2016.

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Beveridge Park Grand Prix: Rider Information Pack
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Gran Fonduro - a new format gravel-enduro race in the Borders

Given the popularity of events like Grinduro, and the huge push to sell “gravel” bikes by manufacturers in this country, it was only a matter of time before the gravel-enduro format made it’s way to UK shores. While sceptics may scoff, the format makes sense - we don't have huge networks of gravel road here in the UK, but there are often long, fun sections which can be linked by road. And if there's anyone who can make a new CX format work, then it's the good folk at Tweedlove, who provided us with last season's early season innovative opener at  LoveCross.

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Gran Fonduro - a new format gravel-enduro race in the Borders
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1x10: Anne Ewing

Hi, I'm Anne Ewing. I started cycling about 6 years ago. After half a season of MTB it was evident I had zero skills so quickly moved to the road where I've stuck since. I did the road race in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi & Glasgow and have done a variety of national/international road races in between. I have alternated my focus between cycling & medicine since I started, & since Glasgow it's been cycling's turn to take a back seat.

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1x10: Anne Ewing
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Haddo Dirt Crit - March 5th

Ythan CC are running their successful Dirt Crit at Haddo House, Aberdeenshire again this Spring. There are races for under 8, under 10, under 12 and under 14 categories and the course is suitable for both mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes.

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Haddo Dirt Crit - March 5th
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Race Report: RGCX (Super Quaich 1)

This was epic, in a way that CX is seldom epic; snow, a fantastic course in a natural amphitheatre of cross, mechanical catastrophe, recovery, further catastrophe and some big hearted “balls-out” racing. Stevie Jackson (Glasgow United) was pushed all the way by a rampaging but doubly unlucky Davie Lines and the 14 year old Cameron Mason who had the ride of the day before fading in the last couple of laps.

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Race Report: RGCX (Super Quaich 1)