Ythan riders out and about in North-east events

Ythan CC's Colin Duncan.
Ythan CC's Colin Duncan.

The weather and road conditions played a major part in the fortunes of Ythan CC riders over the past week, writes Malcolm Grant.

Last Wednesday saw the Massie Shield 25TT shortened to 16 miles due to roadworks at Auchnagatt.

The race was further affected by heavy rain that began just as the first rider rolled away from the start.

The Massie Shield is a team and individual event with teams comprising three riders from each club and the fastest composite time securing the shield.

Jon Entwhistle (DTCC) defied the weather conditions by recording a stunning 35m 37s to distance himself from Shetland’s Carlos Riise who finished in 36m 38s.

Colin Duncan was the fastest Ythan rider in 13th place with Deeside Thistle claiming the Massie Shield leaving Ythan A and B to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

Ythan’s Alan Smith produced an impressive sub-40 minute ride to take the prize for first handicap.

Sunday saw the Aberdeens Wheelers Classified 10TT at Drumoak.

Again the running of the race was affected, with an accident on the South Deeside Road causing a 90-minute delay to the start.

However, the delay saw weather conditions improve from heavy rain to sunshine albeit with a brisk headwind to the first left turn at Crathes Bridge.

Fastest Ythan rider on the day behind winner Phil Kelman (DTCC) was Colin Duncan with a time of 22m 30s.

They were followed by a group of Ythan riders within the 23m bracket.

Craig Ward was just outside the top finishers with 24m 06s and Carol Middleton finally broke her personal best with a 25m 57s.

Star ride of the day for Ythan came from youth cyclist Daniel Kain.

Daniel recorded a time of 29m 34s in his first open 10 mile TT.

This weekend sees the riders return to the Drumoak course for the Ian Brodie 10m TT.