Busy weekend for Ythan cyclists at the Edinburgh RC cycle cross race

Youth was to the fore again last weeknd as Ythan CC’s youngters headed south for the Edinburgh RC cycle cross race at Inch Park in the capital, writes Malcolm Grant.

Callum Cooper, Cameron Brown along with siblings Elliot and Melanie Rowe rode well and again showed their ability to compete in Scottish level events.

Cooper claimed victory in the U14 race and was second in U16 race while Elliot Rowe won the U10 and Melanie Rowe took fourth in the n U8 girls.

Brown rode exceptionally well in his first U14 cyclo cross race and also secured a strong finish with future races bound to provide more opportunities for him to progress.

Cooper then spent Sunday in Forfar where he came fifth in the U14 Scottish Mountain Bike Series Round 6, producing another solid effort as the winter season of cyclo cross approaches.

Further south and Fraser Gault was in action at the WOSCA Criterium at Bellahouston Park but fate was to deny the Meldrum Academy pupil the opportunity to continue his dominant season at U12 level, when a mechanical incident almost caused him to crash.

Gault then showed great skill to maintain control of his bike and complete the race in third place.

The following day saw Gault show why he has been the best U12 rider in Scotland this year when he powered home to first in the Scottish Power Youth Series in Kilmarnock with his team-mate Daniel Kain once again showing that his stock is rising by claiming fourth.

Gault’s victory ensured that he takes the Series Leaders jersey into the final event this weekend at the Kingscavil Hill Climb in West Lothian.

Back home and Alan Smith and Colin Duncan were in action at the Three Braes time trial on Deeside where Aberdeen Wheeler’s Jamie Davidson won two out of the three ascents to take the overall victory.

Smith produced a great ride on the day’s first climb at Banchory Devenick by claiming third while Duncan’s best effort came on the final climb of Cairn Mon Earn where he finished sixth with the Ythan pair finishing sixth and seventh overall.