Alpine Bikes Winter Series Rd 3, Innerleithen
After the frost cancelling the first round and the second one almost going the same way, wow what a difference this weekend, it was like spring had sprung. There was still evidence of winter weather when you got to the top of the hill where the snow was still lying at the start hut, but that wasn’t a problem.
Track this weekend was the good old Cresta from the start, still a bit claggy and wet in places down to the first road crossing. Across the road the track now getting drier and faster through to the open grass section hang up to the left and down the fast flowing section onto old road then right down the track they used for the national a few years back which took you into the matador just before the big rock drop then down the fast reworked part towards the road crossing. The fast entry has now been altered to take a higher line and drop onto the road with a slower right turn down to the jumps before heading into the woods again. No changes to this part of the track flat out over all the jumps and into the arena down to the bomb hole/ski jump round the berms and hang right after the second berm into the gully and down to the finish done in around 4 minutes for the average rider.
This weekend’s start list saw some of the countries top riders making the trip to Innerleithen, including Stows Ruaridh Cunningham who was just back from some winter training in California. Also Trek Racing’s Elite woman rider Tracy Moseley made the trip north and is a regular supporter of this race series. It’s been 3 years anyway since Ruaridh Cunningham and his old ProBikesport teammates Dave Young and Gary Forrest rode in the same race, joined by Graeme Forrest, Dave Mackison and Jason Card it was a right blast from the past. Now, if you include the legend that is, Crawford Carrick Anderson, well your in for great weekends racing.
With all the riders looking forward to racing a good track this weekend chosen and taped out by the still injured local Jed rider Pete Williams who hopes to be back racing in 3 weeks time at the first round of the Northern Downhill series at Kidland.
First down the hill were the hard as nails hardtail riders, you have to take your hat of to them no suspension and still winner Steve Larking puts in a time that would have given him a top 5 place in the masters!
Juvenile race was won this weekend by Perth City Cycles youngster Sam herd with Frazer McCubbing in second place, Niall Morrison in 3rd.
All Terrain Cycles rider Fraser McGlone missed the last race but took the win today by 11 seconds over round 2 winner Joe Connell with 3rd place going to Innerleithen’s I-Cycles rider Stuart Wilcox. A bit late but congratulations to young junior rider Lewis Buchanan who has signed a deal to ride for the international MS Evil Racing Team this coming year and compete in all the World Cup events, a well deserved deal and hope it goes well for you lad. Lewis took the win today and the overall win for the series but was pushed to the line by Mark Scott who finished just half a second back with Ronan Taylor 4 seconds back in third. Lewis’ time gave him the fastest time of the day not bad for a first year junior.
Senior’s class saw Dave Young back in action taking the win today riding another borrowed bike but showing again he hasn’t lost any of the old skills by putting 11 seconds into second place Tommy Ingram with Joseph Taylor in third. Dave gets the overall win for the series and we all hope he can come back and start racing again.
Uplift Scotland’s David “Tally” Tallintore got back on his bike and took the master class win over second place Jamie Smith with Simon Baggott in third.
Ex World Cup rider and legend that is Crawford Carrick Anderson returned to racing this weekend in the veteran class and again showed that he can still race with the best and take the win from current veteran World Cup Champion Alastair Maclennan, Stevie Boyd managed 3rd place today but that was good enough for the overall series win.
Experts were down next and saw the return of Gary Forrest after taking a year out and good to see him make the podium in third place half a second behind Tom Lamb with PinkBikes Alasdair Maclennan taking the win and overall series win.
Fox Racing CHR rider Angela Coates won the woman’s race by a stomping 14 seconds over Uplift Scotland rider Bex Reilly with Agnieszka Pomaranska in third.
Trek Racing Team rider Tracy Moseley made the trip north to good effect by taking the win in the Elite Woman’s class by a clear 13 seconds over Myriam Nicole with Propain Bikes Harriet Latchem in third.
Local CRC rider Ruaridh Cunningham made a return to Innerleithen after his winter training to take the win in the Elite race over Ellsworth/O’Neal rider Jack Reading with Fergus Lamb getting the last spot on the podium.
Well that’s that for another year and I think that it was a good series apart from the hard frost in round one, (it is a winter race series) organiser Mike Marsden said there’s have been so many new challenges on this series (his first series) and mainly due to the sub zero conditions on the first two rounds.
A big thank you to all those involved and off course Alpine Bikes, Fox Clothing, Trek, Buff and Go Fast for sponsoring the events.
We look forward to 2011