Ythan Cycle Club’s growing reputation for moulding some of the most promising young riders in Scottish Cycling continued last weekend as Jordan Stronach achieved a breakthrough result at the Kinross CC Road Race by placing 7th narrowly missing out on his first road race win.
Back home it was junior Craig Ward and another club protégé Lewis Goodlad, who hails from Alford, who posted strong performances at the Bob Souter 10 mile time trial trophy in dreadful conditions on the Ardlethen-Haddo return course.
Stronach’s was racing on a circuit near Kinross which the field had to cover seven times albeit in fairer conditions than his home club were experiencing but he again showed maturity to ensure that he was in the correct position to contest the final sprint. The Dyce Academy pupil produced a strong sprint but it wasn’t enough to prevent Sean Delaney claiming first place with Stronach securing 7th and his best result of the year.
The annual Bob Souter Memorial 10 mile TT had a later slot in this year’s race calendar and the riders were missing the usual summer weather as they were pummelled by strong westerly wind on the outward leg to Haddo along with driving rain.
Fastest on the day was Lee Smith (Aberdeen Wheelers) who comfortably beat Gregg Quinn (Deeside Thistle) and Ythan’s Colin Duncan with a time of 23 minutes 43 seconds. Goodlad’s time of 26 m 44 s secured the Bob Souter Trophy for the first rider on handicap while Ward’s time of 25 m 51 s ensured he was the fastest junior.
In the borders Ythan youth rider Callum Cooper was competing in the Peebles MTB stage race which consisted of a XC race, a Hill Climb TT, a Downhill event and a Criterium.
Cooper performed exceptionally well to finish 3rd overall in a popular event that attracted 100 youth riders to the forest tracks at Glentress.