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
Scottish CX Championships and Raleigh SCX6 - Lochore Meadows
Race Report: Scottish CX Champs/Raleigh SCX5 - Irvine
It couldn't have been better. With the rest of the country seemingly under water and grinding to a halt, the organisers at Irvine put on a cracker of a course and some fantastic racing. High winds, heavy rain and biting cold were minor distractions to the riders tackling the big dipper, sand pits, steep run-ups and off-camber sections. The course was so well judged that all sections were ridable but only if you were skilled enough. Sheer power was not enough to get a result - finesse, chutspah and careful choice of tyre pressures were required as well.
Race Report: Raleigh SCX6 - Cross at the Castle & Santa CX World Championships
Many of us wondered as we queued up at the ferry terminal in Oban on the Friday whether we would get to Mull …. and whether last year’s brutal conditions were to be repeated. We needn’t have worried - Davie Graham is a wonderful organiser and making sure the Sound of Mull calmed down for a wee while to let us cross was no bother to him. Moreover, he arranged for a fantastic weekend of weather to mark the tenth running of this race.