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Halo BDS Rd3 Glencoe

Glencoe has become a love hate place for me as a photographer, 3 times I’ve arrived to cover an event on a Sunday to find that it’s been called off because of bad weather. In saying that the guy’s that run the place have put so much hard work and thought into getting this venue sorted out it’s real shame that the place is so exposed to the harsh weather that Scotland can dish out. So it probably came as a bit of a shocker to most who arrived on Thursday and Friday to find it had been dry and sunny for days nae weeks before hand when the rest of the country was under water. But in saying that the riders yet again stayed away in there droves just like the SDA held here in May with only 160 odd riders making the effort to ride what is probably the most technical and challenging tracks there is on the circuit. Rather than go into describing the track here’s a video of it from Jack Reading during as he put’s it cheeky Friday practice in the sunshine.

Oh and the midges are frickin awful here for us togs and video folk – Jacob Gibbons is about to walk of the hill as he’s had enough :)

Good to see Andrew Titley back on the pace and winning the masters here at Glencoe

Sunday did bring a bit of rain into play which changed the track conditions a bit but not a huge amount, practice was a bit damp and the experts/elites had to suffer a bit of rain in their seeding run.  Due to the small amount of riders there was an extended diner break before the race runs were started, I thought this was good as it gave me some time to dry things off and get a coffee, have a blether and catch up with filk you haven’t seen in a while etc before heading back up the hill.

Alastair MacLennan took the Veterans win from Stevie Boyd who made his return to racing this weekend after an absence of more than a year.

Perth City Cycles rider Gavin Black took the senior win by just 1.3 seconds over James Ramsey, Daniel Carrigan took 3rd in his first race riding for Wigwam Holiday Race Team

Young Kyle Havard riding for Team Skene made it look easy by taking the Juvenile win by 20 seconds over Plushhillcycles.co.uk rider Robin Spence, Mojo/Team Skene’s Joe Parfitt was in third

Madison/Saracen’s Manon Carpenter took the Elite Women’s race over Leisure Lakes Emma Wareham by a huge 41 seconds

Wolfpax rider Neil Stewart took the Youth win over Taylor Vernon by 3.5 seconds with Bike track People rider Neil Morrison in third

Brad Mather riding for Empire Cycles took the Expert win over Allan Findlay with Jay Williamson in third

Junior’s this weekend was won by Team Bicycle Doctor’s Mike Jones by just half a second over Madison’s Philip Atwill, George Gannicott was another half second back in third.

Adam Brayton nailed it on his race run to take the win by 2 seconds over CRC’s Matt Simmonds, Nukeproofs Greg Williamson was just 2 tenths back in third.

Full results and photo’s from the weekend can be found on Roots and Rain

 

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