A busy Easter for Ythan Club riders

Ythan CC's Carol Middleton in action at Elgin.
Ythan CC's Carol Middleton in action at Elgin.

The Easter weekend has always been a busy time for cycle racing in Scotland and 2015 was no different with races across the country, many of which featured riders from Ythan CC.

The main event was the Youth Tour of Scotland, held over four stages around Perthshire and featuring the best U16 riders from across the Scotland along with visitors from England, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Ythan’s Lewis Goodlad was riding as part of a North-east team and after a fast first stage over 37 miles around Forteviot, the Alford Academy pupil found himself 49th overall.

However, this was 11 minutes down on race leader Jake Stewart (Swinnerton Cycles).

Stage 2 and 3 were circuit races in Perth city centre and Goodlad rode well and finished 46th and 55th respectively leaving him in 49th place overall heading into the final stage which was around Strathallan School.

Stage 4 saw Goodlad finish in 58th place some five minutes down on Jake Stewart who secured his second stage win leaving the Alford rider to end the event in 50th place overall.

Closer to home and Ythan had riders at the Sherriffston 10-mile time trial near Elgin with Colin Duncan being the fastest club rider on the day with a 23m 32s time to secure 10th place behind race winner Tony Hay, who recorded 21m 50s.

Sunday saw the opening time trial of the North-east season with the Presentation Hilly TT at Echt, a race which uses the well raced circuit around Carnie, Dunecht and Midmar.

Fastest on the day was David Anderson (Granite City RT) with Colin Duncan again finishing as the fastest Ythan rider with a time of 44m 48s for the 18 miles to claim 8th, with teammate Bill Bavidge rounding out the top ten with a time of 45m 12s.

Duncan and Bavidge’s busy weekend was mirrored by team-mate Mike Giles, who having also ridden at Elgin the previous day, finished 28th at the Knockburn Duathlon on Sunday.