Another good weekend for Wheelers thanks to Jamie Davidson, Iain Macleod, Martin Reynolds Jnr and Dave Menzies.
It never ceases to amaze me how a small club such as Cairngorm run this weekend year after year. From all reports a well organised and slickly run series of events.
Saturday a.m. ~ MACKIE TROPHY ~ 13.9mls circuit rolling and a bit technical
Three Wheelers in the top 5 🙂. It was former jump jockey Wilson Renwick [Java Partizan] who pipped Jamie for the top honours as he did in SC Olympic Champs [Tour of Meldons] with Iain Macleod beating former Scottish pursuit champion and 4k record holder from mid 90s, James Millar [MFRT] into 3rd place.
Martin Reynolds was nudged into 5th by 7secs.
Top Places Wilson Renwick Java Partizan 29:41 JD 30:28 Iain Mac 30:55 James Millar MFRT 31:39 Martin R 31:46
Saturday p.m. Cairngorm Hill Climb ~ 8ml Coylumbridge to Cairngorm Car Park
"8ml toughie" with JD being pipped by "local knowledge?" rider Kyle Beattie. This time it was Wilson Renwick who was relegated, this to 3rd, by Jamie
Top Places: Kyle Beattie 25:48 JD 26:13 Wilson Renwick 26:38
Sunday a.m. Kincraig "10" ~ wet conditions
Jamie turned on another sub-21 performance to win the very popular "Kincraig 10" in 20:19 with Iain Mac in top form finishing in second place [21:02]. Some quality in the field all shown a clean pair of heels by the Wheeler duo.
RT23's Al Munro was third, veteran/masters track legend Peter Ettles 4th and former 90s 4k champion James Millar in 5th.”
In the Sunday afternoon APR, Wheelers Dave Menzies contested the sprint for the win and got a fine 8th place.
CYCLING IN NE SCOTLAND - TIME FOR A NEW EFFORT FOR A BETTER/HEALTHIER FUTURE?
The very heart of the event I run is an effort to emphasise that cycling is a mainstream activity or transport choice accessible to all. In eight years of RtN I've seen an explosion of interest in local cycling, but at same time my home town of Aberdeen has fallen behind other cities in when it comes to active travel.
We know too many people take too little exercise. Cycling should part of the solution. I have been part of a discussion with Nestrans over recent weeks to consider whether a breakthrough can be made. The North East has plenty of people interested in creating a more active society. There are individual cyclists, campaign groups, clubs, local communities and public bodies, who are part of this picture ...and I suspect there is scope for more dialogue, partnership and progress.
I will seek to help start a new regional initiative to at least try to contribute. I won't be part of something that plays to driver vs cyclists arguments. I will try to contribute rather than campaign and to be part of constructive engagement with Local Authorities as a way to pursue change.
Success may well require a long-term perspective. In the first instance a regional cycling partnership will be an effort to demonstrate that there are people out there who care about this and genuinely wish to see the places we live improved and to achieve better life chances for those who live here.
You are invited to RGU at Garthdee in Aberdeen on 26 September. Please book a ticket on-line (below) if you'd like to come along and contribute.