Young Ythan rider shines again

Ythan CC rider Jordan Stronach (in blue) during the Moray Firth stage race.
Ythan CC rider Jordan Stronach (in blue) during the Moray Firth stage race.

Ythan CC junior Jordan Stronach passed another major test in his first year of road racing by finishing 24th overall in the Moray Firth two-day stage race based round the rolling and at times steep roads of Cromarty.

In the opening prologue Stronach placed 27th, 56 seconds slower than David Anderson (Granite City RT) who claimed the first yellow jersey of the weekend.

The Saturday afternoon stage of 54 miles started off in dry conditions but the field soon experienced wet weather and, combined with the testing roads, caused the field to split with Stronach missing the front group but settling into the second group.

The Dyce Academy pupil held onto this group to finish the stage 1m 40s seconds behind stage winner David Griffiths (Glasgow Wheelers) with Anderson retaining his overall lead.

Stage 3 was a slightly calmer affair with the bunch staying together with the exception of three escapees, Alister Watt (Granite City RT). Jason Roberts (Glasgow Wheelers) and Dougie Taylor (Deeside Thistle).

Stronach held his place safely in the main peloton whilst the breakaway settled the 54 mile stage in a three up sprint where Roberts pipped the two North-east riders to the line.

Anderson joined Stronach with a comfortable bunch finish to claim overall victory with the Ythan junior ending his weekend in 24th place overall.

Last Thursday saw several Ythan teams taking part in the Finzean 2 up time trial on the picturesque course that takes in the lower slopes of Cairn O’Mount.

Aberdeen Wheelers pairing of Jonathan Nicolson and Simon Van Bellen were fastest on the night over the 16-mile course with Ythan’s fastest pairing being Colin Duncan and Andy Duncan.

Next week will see the continuation of the international career of Ythan cyclist Fiona Duncan who will proudly make her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow when she pilots Laura Cluxton in the paracycling tandem events at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Having competed as a tandem pilot at the London 2012 Paralympics, Duncan has been settling into her accommodation at the athletes village in preparation for what is sure to be an emotional and exciting experience in front of a sold out arena in the heart of the Commonwealth venues.