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
Raleigh SCX3 - Results and Standings
With back to back wins for both Kerry McPhee and Harry Johnston this weekend at Strathclyde Park, there’s no change at the top of the Raleigh SCX Series standings for the Seniors. Full results and lap times courtesy of Mark Young are up on Mylaps at the links below, and the Series Standings after each Series race are also now available for download.
Raleigh SCX standings after Round 2
The overall standings after Round 2 of the 2016 Series at Knockburn Loch are now available to download. The new course design saw wins for Harry Johnson (Team Leslie Bikes) and Kerry McPhee (Rock and Road Cycles) in the Senior races, and exciting racing across all the age groups.
Race Report: Raleigh SCX1 - Callendar Park
With 600 riders on the start sheet, it was always going to be a fantastic day of racing at the Callendar Park's Coliseum of Cross. Conditions were bright and sunny, winds were light and minimal rain on the preceding days had left the course dry and fast. This is a well-honed race - Franco and Davy know what they are doing with the venue - and the course manages to be fast, technically interesting and flowing with some features to challenge all riders. Big fields means plenty of back markers and cutting through traffic was a big feature of all the races.
The Happy Cog to sponsor SCX Junior Series
SCX are pleased to announce that The Happy Cog will be coming on board as a Series Sponsor. Fraser Waters, long time supporter of cyclocross in Scotland has stepped up to provide prizes for the Junior Mens and Junior Women's Series races this Season. Challenge Tyres and Lezyne pumps are among the prizes on offer to this age category, and we hope this additional sponsorship will encourage entries from U18 riders.
Record-breaking entries in the first Raleigh SCX Series race of 2016
The first race in the 2016 Raleigh SCX Series takes place at Callendar Park, Falkirk this weekend, and a record breaking 600 riders have signed up across all age groups. Organisers Franco Porco and Davie Lines have made several tweaks to the course, and the huge numbers of riders entered is testament to their vision and hard work developing the iconic Callendar Park course over the last 5 years.
Race Preview: Raleigh SCX1 by albannach.cc
Jim Cameron over at albannach.cc has posted a great interview with Franco Porco and Davie Lines, organisers of the traditional SCX Series opener at Callendar Park. There’s only one more week week until the Raleigh UK sponsored Series gets underway, and entries for Callendar Park close on Monday 23rd October.
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