Ythan CC riders had the opportunity at the weekend to record some fast times at several time trials across the North-east and the Ellon cyclists didn’t disappoint.
Last Thursday saw the first round of the Aberdeen and District Road Race Series take place at Tarves on the well-used Haddo, Kinnachrie, Ythanbank, Methlick course.
A large field included several clear favourites based on current form and it was three of the select group, Kenny Riddle (Moray Firth CC), Simon van Bellen (Aberdeen Wheelers) and David Anderson (Granite City RT), who broke clear of the field.
The main field never recovered from allowing such a talented trio to escape and at the finish it was Anderson who outsprinted his breakaway colleagues with Riddle and Van Bellen settling for second and third respectively.
The bunch sprint was taken by Martin Lonie (Dooleys RT) with Ythan riders Jordan Stronach, Tom McCleman, Andy Duncan finishing in the main bunch while Ythan juniors Craig Ward and Hamish Cooper sandwiching teammate Mike Giles as they finished 38th, 42nd and 46th respectively.
The weekend action switched to Laurencekirk for the Deeside Thistle 10-mile time trial on the fast dual carriageway course between Laurencekirk and Stracathro.
Ythan were well represented but it was Wheelers Van Bellen who continued his impressive season by winning with a time of 21m 18s. Bill Bavidge was the fastest Ythan rider with a 23m 22s with Craig Ward recording a personal best of 23m 37s.
Having ridden at Laurencekirk Mike Giles then travelled north to meet up with teammates Carol Middleton and Bill Dallas for the Bill and Chrissie Stuart Memorial 10 mile TT at Forres.
Racing on the fast Kinloss to Burghead course the returning Dallas, in his first race for several years, recorded a competitive 23m 55s to claim 10th place with Giles showing consistency by recording his second sub 25 time of the day with a time of 24m 40s. Carol Middleton recorded 27m 04s to claim second lady.
In Edinburgh Ythan had Lewis Goodlad in action at the Ingliston Criterium Series where he was placed seventh in the Youth A race behind winner Grant Martin (Spokes RT).
This weekend sees some of the Ythan QL section heading to Tulliallan for the next round of the Wallace Warriors Youth Series whilst the seniors face the daunting prospect of the Cairn O’Mount time trial with an eight-mile test against one of the North east’s hardest climbs.