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!
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!
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 Sprocketcycles.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the top Youths were fast, the top Juniors were even faster. This time it was Fraser McGlone (Mtbcut.tv/Orange) 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.
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.
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.
I’ve saved the fast for last. Joe Barnes (Mtbcut.tv) 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
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
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