Super Quaich CX Entries Go Live
Entries to Rouken Glen CX, opening race in the Super Quaich Cyclocross Series, went live last night and sold out in 18 minutes. Now in it's third year, the buzz around the Super Quaich has grown exponentially and entrants will no doubt be hoping for a repeat of last years snowy conditions at RGCX.
Review: CX Studs by Fairbairn Fabrications
Studs are an easily overlooked feature when buying shoes for CX - most MTB shoe manufacturers either fill the stud holes at the toe area with flat blanks or don’t thread stud holes in the first place. If there are studs in your shoes when you buy them, they are inevitably plastic and round off with the first turn of a stud key. The studs are then either stuck for life, or, more likely, they’ll fall out at an innoportune moment and you’ll lose them halfway up a muddy Rhodendendron tunnel in north Mull.
Results and Standings after Raleigh SCX5 - Irvine
Freezing conditions and well-received tweaks to the course led to some fantastic racing at Raleigh SCX5 - Irvine at the weekend. Wins in the Senior races for Isla Short and Harry Johnston means Kerry McPhee now trails Jane Barr the top of the Women’s Series, while Harry Johnston sits 30 points clear of Gary MacDonald with 2 races remaining. The weekend was also notable for the return to the podium for former National Champions Craig Hardy (V40) and Rab Wardell (Seniors).
Photo: C. Mason
Race Report: SCX 4 - Fife College
The first mud of the season and what mud it was. Paul Davies and his Dunfermline CC helpers contrived a race course that made the best of the campus venue which majored heavily in glaur. With nearly half the course requiring the dubstep, this race required strength and skills just to finish and many riders took a fair amount of Fife home with them on heavily caked bikes and clothing. Fairly brisk business in the pits emphasised the toll that the course was taking on the bikes with many of the top riders swapping for cleaner and lighter bikes or running in with punctures or broken mechs. Despite, or even because of the conditions, most riders gloried in the sheer absurdity of racing through such a heavy course and were full of smiles and compliments for the organisers.
Results and Standings after Raleigh SCX4
Yesterday saw riders battle the Fife College mud at Round 4 of the Raleigh SCX Series, hosted by Dunfermline CC. Heavy conditions saw some spectacular racing on this great new course, with all the racers seeing their share of slippy conditions.
Photo: D. Forsyth
Race Report: Raleigh SCX 3 - Strathclyde Park
I was thinking we had reached peak ’cross at Callender Park, I was wrong. It seems that cyclocross in Scotland is still growing with a massive field of over 600 entries at Strathclyde Park. Guto, Michael and the rest of the East Kilbride organisers surpassed themselves in putting on a great day’s racing with such large numbers.
Words: Eric Easton
Photo: Scott Jessiman