Cycle track opens at new Ellon Academy

Peter Clark and Colin Allanach officially open the new cycle circuit at Ellon Academy.
Peter Clark and Colin Allanach officially open the new cycle circuit at Ellon Academy.

The opening of the new 1km cycle training circuit at the Ellon Community Campus took place on Saturday.

A total of 56 youth riders from all the region’s cycle clubs were put through their paces by qualified coaches.

The track was officially opened by Peter Clark, from Scottish Cycling, and Colin Allanach, from Ythan Cycle Club.

The circuit is a huge development for cycling in Ellon as it is the only one in the region and can be used for cycling safety training for youths and adults as well as cycle race training.

The circuit was conceived and developed through a partnership between Ythan Cycle Club, Aberdeenshire Council architects and the academy management team. This joint partnership is seen as the model for providing cycling facilities to train the next generation of Olympic and tour cyclists.

Colin said: “We would like to thank all who have been involved in making this great facility a reality.”

On the racing front Callum Cooper finished seventh juvenile at the Scottish MTB Championships which were held at Badaguish near Aviemore. Cooper’s elder teammates Russell Craig and Andy Scouller finished 11th and 12th respectively in the Male Sport Category.

Fordoun was the location for another national championship as the Scottish 100-mile Time Trial Championships took place on a extremely blustery A90 course between Stracathro and Stonehaven.

Ythan’s Mike Giles along with the entire field deserved huge credit for simply completing the event with the Ythan rider finishing 25th behind the new national champion Stephen Williamson (a3crg).

Deeside Thistle’s Jon Entwhistle secured silver with 2014 champion Callum Finlayson (Moray Firth RT) taking the bronze. Local rider Emily Middleditch (Deeside Thistle) was crowned the ladies champion.

This weekend sees local cycling club Ythan CC promote their round of the 2015 Scottish Power National Youth Series as part of the annual Ellon Pedal Car race festivities.

With around 120 riders of all ages on the start sheets, it promises to be one of the top cycling events seen in Ellon and will provide the spectators with a sneak preview of some of the riders they will see in the years to come representing Scotland at future Commonwealth Games.

The youth races have become an established spectacle as a prologue to the afternoon’s main event and this year promises to be no different.