100 mile challenge for Greg plus the latest from Ythan CC

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Road racing and triathlon continue to feature heavily in the summer schedules of Ythan CC members with events taking place in Cromarty, Dundee and nearer home at Fetternear.

In Dundee at the Scottish Sprint Triathlon Championships David Horne was 6th Veteran and John Soutar 7th Senior with the event taking place at Monikie Park.

Dundee was also the location for Daniel Kain to produce a youth course record for a 10 mile TT when he recorded a time of 25m 30 which took 29 seconds off the previous record.

Last Thursday saw the latest round of the Grampian Evening Road Race Series at Fetternear where John Soutar finished 13th and Thomas Gelati 14th after both riders took part in a large bunch sprint finish. Andy Scouller was 28th Andrew Leith 29th and Jonathan Cordiner 38th.

Thomas Gelati spent last weekend riding the Cromarty Firth Stage race which consisted of a prologue time trial and two road races. With a high quality field lining up and wet weather affecting the first road stage it was to be a tough weekend in the Highlands but the Ythan rider rode well to 50th in the prologue, 36th Stage 2 and 38th Stage 3 giving him an overall finishing position on the general classification of 38th.

On Sunday, July 31, Greg Manning from Culsalmond, near Insch, will be competing in an Olympic Legacy Event: the 100 mile RideLondon Sportive – with an estimated 25,000 entrants taking part. Greg (70) is one of only 59 cyclists raising funds for children’s charity, Barnardo’s, and the only fundraiser from Scotland.

The start of the Olympic Legacy Event is at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the route is the one which was used for the Olympic cycling events. It passes the Tower of London, then Richmond Park before following the River Thames and setting off into the Surrey hills. The infamous Leith Hill and Box Hill are of course included before routing back to London with a finish in the Mall.

Greg will be riding to raise money for Barnardo’s and, no matter how hard he is currently training, 100 miles is a gruelling six hours in the saddle! 70-year-old Greg acknowledges that he will not be amongst the early finishers, but neither does he intend being the last! Greg, said: “I’m accustomed to cycling in the Scottish Hills so I’m not worried about the steepness of Leith Hill or Box Hill. I’m more concerned about the flatter parts of the route.

“The pace will be very fast and I will have to plan my speed, hydration and nutrition so that I can keep up with the other entrants.”

All money raised through fundraising goes towards the charity’s specialised community-based services, 122 across Scotland.

Donatios can be made at ww.justgiving.com/Greg-Manning1.