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SCU Round 1 Strathyre, Perthshire
Report by jon_e
Photos by jon_e, Addy & Fraser

Bikesports Jim D Photo by FraserThe first race of the new Scottish Downhill series took place in glorious sunshine at a brand new venue in Strathyre Forest, NR. Callander. The venue only selected only a matter of weeks ago was put to the test by a full to capacity entry list.

Being one of the few events actually running due to the current FMD situation meant that the entry was always going to big.

The course was one of 2 halves, the top half was the most rooty tricky section I have ever seen, with every run the course changed, deep ruts were forming everywhere, in fact the course had to be altered because it just became almost un-rideable by the end of practice. A few minor adjustments to the line of the track skipped most of the nasty, crappy stuff and made the course flow a lot better. The bottom half was a lot drier and was host to some tricky off cambers on steep root strewn left handers, followed by a mine field of stumps (ouch!), then the section started to open out across a fire road to some nice rock jumps (all natural I might add) and then the finish.

Youth riders are as always guinea pigs at most race events but the Clan TM, Richard Thomson has been helping develop young talent throughout Scotland, so it was the Juveniles who took to the course first off. Starting from the fire road crossing, the kids all aged between 12 and 14 all came down with big smiles on all their wee faces.

Max Heely took tthe first ever SCU Juvenile DH win by beating Daniel Spurr and Ian Hamilton.

Team MBUK's latest Youth addition Mark Heritage, keep his stressed out mum happy after scoring his first win in the Scottish series.

Stu Thomson - Royal RacingJunior men made a splash and dash of their race and it was none other that Ashley Cross (Orange) who cut the mustard with David Dunn (Clan) in second. Former Scott Scholarship rider Fergus King took his Santa Cruz to 3rd.

Women - Master women first, Karen "just had me baby" Ballantine took it ahead of Amanda Creedon. Jaymie Mart takes the senior girls from Gillian Davies and Amber Park.

Back to the Lads, Vets Tay racer Alex Garden took the win from Andy Addy (Progression).

Masters saw a new man at the top, Phil Thompson (Bikehut) took the win ahead of a pleased Dave Bremner (Team Gonzo) second and Richard Hamilton in third and in seniors Chris Ball (Clan) took his new Clan Fastrider jersey to first place in the Seniors, Chris who has only been riding a couple of seasons is one fast and well smooth guy, with a great start to the 2001 season. In second place was the Dukester, Greame Duke, now riding for Fastrider and Tomac mounted he's back! Third place went south of the border and Dan Cricthlow (Leisure Lakes).

The Elite turnout was a good one, with a lot of talent from north and south of the border. However it was a Scottish white wash with the top 3 taken by the local boys.

Bikesports Paul French, now riding elite for 2001, took his trusty Dale to a worthy 3rd place, however I seen him held up en route and therefore his time may have been much better with a clear run.

Crawford Carrick-Anderson - GiantSandy Wallaces new signing, Iain Cookson, has put his own brain surgey behind him and took a stonking second place. Keep it up Iain...

First as expected went to Scotland's favourite Crawford Carrick-Anderson (Giant/Toyota) took a well deserved win in front of a record home crowd. Will he do it at the BCF NPS at Fort William on May 13th , we hope so.

Big thanks must go to all the crew how made this one happen, you know who you all, congrats on a job well done.

Full results click here to download PDF file. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)

The next SCU DH round is Fort William 24th June

Chris Ball (1st Senior)
Shaun "Snipe" Wilson
Matt Farmer - Diamond Back
Matt Farmer
Iain Cookson


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