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Glencoe SDA Rd4 2011

Blue Skies and sunshine at Glencoe – who would have thought? Unfortunately, this was post-race and was a case of too little, too late. Yup, it was another wet SDA race in the Highlands. Many had seen the forecast and had stayed at home with their feet up, therefore entries were about half that of usual. C’mon people – get out of your centrally heated house and live a little! Also, many apparently fear the course, but this year the track seemed different, more bedded-in, less slippery, and dare I say less downright dangerous than in previous years. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a severe test of man and machine, but this was almost enjoyable!

Sunday mornings practice was a bit wet and misty, a few red flags but thankfully no serious incidents

Summer 2011 hasn’t been the kindest to Glencoe – cancelled BDS and SDA races and now this – another weather affected SDA rerun. If the Big Man upstairs is listening, please could we have some sun for summer 2012 – Cheers!

Frazer McCubbing has been flying all season winning all 5 rounds, here he's passing young Adam Hughes who was third overall in the series

Anyway, on to the racing – As usual, Juveniles were off first and also as usual was Fraser McCubbing (Ae7 bikes)“gubbing” the rest of the field, this time by 13 seconds. Second place went to Neil Stewart of Basecamp/Wolftrax and third was Scott Tupper riding for

George Gannicott has been pressed hard by the Wilcox brothers all year but held it together to take the overall win

Youths next, and boy were these young guns flying! George Gannicott of Bikesoup/Gravity took the top honours this time with an outstanding 2.27 beating next best man Stuart Wilcox (i-Cycles) by 5 seconds. Third placed, and another 5 seconds down was Morgan Gulland riding for Devinci/Haven. To prove his first run time wasn’t a fluke, George Gannicott laid down another belter in his second run, just 0.5 off his previous time.

Alastair MacLennan put in a good weekends work to take the win today and the series on his Nukeproof Scalp

Not-so-young guns next!- the Vets. Like many times before, Alastair MacLennan (Nukeproof) rose to the challenge and won, this time by 16 seconds! In second was  Neil Wilson (Glentress riders) and  Pete Hoggan (PMH/Pincer Vodka!) was third.

Lottie Martin was the only woman to race this weekend, battered and bruised but a winner none the less, well done!

Women next, or should I say woman? Only one brave soul entered the Women’s class and fair play to her. Lottie Martin didn’t let the crashes put her off and deservedly took the honours.

Chris Whitfield took the win over Jed today but brother Jed took the overall masters title

Masters now, and after the first run it was Mark Weightman who was lying first, with Jed and Chris Whitfield (All Terrain Cycles) in second and third. However these positions were reversed after second runs, with Chris taking the win, Jed second and Mark in third.

Fraser McGlone was flying here this weekend taking the junior win and second fastest time

If the top Youths were fast, the top Juniors were even faster. This time it was Fraser McGlone ( who flew his way down the course to place 1st in Junior (and second fastest time of the day!).  Second on the day went to the also ultra-fast Joe Connell (Sunn/Montgenevre) and in third was Allan Finlay.

All Terrain Cycles rider Simon Cheung third on the day but good enough for the senior overall

On to Seniors now, and a heavily depleted field compared to Innerleithen a couple of weeks ago. Why was this? Was it the weather/track/date???- leave your comments below. Anyway, back to racing- this time it was Thomas Pollock (team chr) that was fastest down, with a returning(?) Dave  Young in second and Simon Cheung (All Terrain Cycles) in third.

Ronan Taylor could only manage a second place today but it was good enough to take the Expert's title

Experts – Obviously Andy Phillips (All Terrain Cycles) had been spurred on by a combination of home cooking and the ATC guys staying over, as he posted the fastest Expert time on both runs, taking the win. Ever consistent Ronan Taylor (Monsterbike) was in second and Dave Duggan (Haven/Devinci) was third.

Joe Barnes rode the wheels off his Orange to take the win and the fastest time of the day

I’ve saved the fast for last. Joe Barnes ( stomped down the track (again on “dry” tyres!) to take the fastest time of the day and the Elite win. Fergus Lamb (Perth City Cycles) was 4 seconds down after the first run and a crash in his second run meant that he had to settle for second. Greg Williamson squeezed into third place another second back.

Being the last SDA race of the year, there was also the prize-giving for the overall series points. Here they are;


1st Fraser Mccubbing
2nd Neil Stewart
3rd Adam Hughes


1st George Gannicott
2nd Innes Graham
3rd Sam Herd

1st Alastair MacLennan
2nd  to be confirmed
3rd  to be confirmed

1st Emma MacRobb
2nd Bex Reilly
3rd Angela Coates

1st Jed Whitfield
2nd Chris Whitfield
3rd John Young

Joe Connell took the overall junior title to add to the Scottish Champs he won at Killin

1st Joe Connell
2nd Allan Findlay
3rd Gregor Notman

1st Simon Cheung
2nd Lewis Mclaughlin
3rd Thomas Pollock

1st Ronan Taylor
2nd Andrew Phillips
3rd Joe Flannagan

1st Fergus Lamb
2nd Pete Williams
3rd Greg Williamson

Perth City Cycles rider Fergus Lamb second on the day but good enough for the Elite title for the second year in a row

So that’s it for another year…. Well, not quite. The biggest cheer at the prize-giving wasn’t given to a rider but rather to the terrific trio of Hutchens, Hutchens and Cathro (sound like a Law firm!) who announced that they will be stepping down from the SDA committee this year. After all they have done for the sport in Scotland, I would like to thank Kate, Dave and Alan on behalf of all the riders who I know will wish them well. Hip Hip Hooray!

Over and out,
Ian “battered and bruised” McIntosh.

All the best and muddy photos are over at Roots and Rain

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3 comments on “Glencoe SDA Rd4 2011

  1. Thanks to the sda this was an amazing race and venue. it is a shame tho that so many people dont bother to turn up to some of the races and others like inners are totally full. so what if its a bit wet this is scotland people get used to it. its not that hard a track and there has been lots of work put into the track and would be nice if people appreciated it a bit more.

    • I think with this particular track there is a lot more going on than racers scared to get there feet wet! You mention an amazing venue? Well a lot of racers have been stung by this amazing venue in the past and at a time when money is tight maybe this is just too much of a gamble?
      What is it that makes this an amazing venue for you?

  2. The track at Glencoe is much better than it has ever been now.
    The guys have done an excellent job on the track.
    It is worthy of a race for sure, some more work and the evolution of the track and it will be an excellent venue for sure.
    There is a much better flow to the track now than previous years.

    All it will take is a dry weekend after a dry few weeks and people will love the track.

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