Cyclists make the journey to Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire beckoned for nine riders from Ayr Roads Cycling Club / Harry Fairbairn BMW / on Sunday as the small village of Strachan hosted the 2014 Scottish National CycloCross Championships.

Knockburn Loch provided the picturesque venue, with the clear blue skies adding to the stunning backdrop which greeted the 200 racers who amassed to lay claim to a coveted championship medal.

First off the blocks were the youths, with the two young McGarvie brothers competing in the under 12 and under 14 races. Impressive rides resulted in 22nd for Cameron and 10th for Harry, who recovered well from last weekends exertions at the National Trophy in Milton Keynes.

A robust line up ensured that the ladies event would be a hard fought affair, with Isla Short of Team Thomsons Cycles taking her second successive National CycloCross gold. Ayr Roads duo Janet Erskine and Joanne Baxter finished strongly in 11th and 13th places respectively.

In the mens over 50’s event, Alex McAllister continued his fine end of season form by claiming 12th position with Brendan Roe of Team Leslie Bikes adding yet another Scottish Championship medal to his imposing collection. The final race of the day for Ayr Roads CC was in the mens over 40’s, where four members took to the starting grid amid 70 other eager combatants. Top placings went to Paul Gibson and JP Baxter in 20th and 22nd, with Gary McCrae of Team Leslie Bikes taking the win in what was a thrilling close fought battle.