With the road racing season wound down for another year, thoughts swiftly turn towards how to hold form and fitness through the challenging months ahead.
For many this means hot footing it to the garage to tune up the mountain bike or reacquaint with the turbo trainer, but for others the racing never stops, with winter criteriums and the mucky world of cyclocross next on the agenda.
In the case of Berwick Wheelers’ Darren Lindsay the latter has been his preference, and so the last two months have seen him traversing the north of the nation as he participates in the Raleigh SCX Series, Scotland’s flagship cyclocross competition.
Competing in the hotly contested Senior category (ages 18 to 40), the opening event in Falkirk saw Darren place 58th out of a field of 98 on a fast, dry course well suited to his powerful frame.
If the conditions there were favourable to Darren’s attributes, the scenario was not to be replicated come Round 2 at Knockburn Loch.
Regular rain and the impact of prior races reduced the course to something of a mud bath by the time he took to the start, with line choice rendered redundant and persistence, rather than technique, proving the key determiner.
After a tight bunch opening, progress was further hampered when Darren’s brakes ceased functioning, none the less he ploughed on regardless to place a credible 49th out of the 71-rider field and gain valuable experience – not to mention a cracking mud splattered photograph – along the way.
Coming to grips with the required skill set of off-road riding, the consistency of results carried forward into the third round at Strathclyde Park, where, despite some punishing climbs and an entanglement with a tree, Darren’s spirit wasn’t to be sapped as he chased back through the field to secure a respectable 55th place finish.
If Knockburn Loch had been a messy affair, that was nothing, however, compared to what lay in wait when the series reached Dunfermline for the fourth instalment. Barely a shoot of green could be spotted on the churned and boggy course, with riders forced to dismount almost immediately after the start and take to running for large sections of the circuit.
A war of attrition ensued, with many combatants more concerned with simply finishing, rather than vying for positions. Nonetheless, Darren crossed the line in 62nd place, maintaining a mid-range place in the overall series rankings on a day that was widely agreed to be somewhat of an epic struggle.
A Scorey 22.47D Blythe 23.26D Robertson 23.48C Cowe 24.05S Rowley 25.15N Cruikshanks 26.08
J Mark L 26.12J Potter Private 26.28I Forsyth 27.07B Cowe 27.09P Blythe 27.17S Grimwood 27.19 PBM Highfield L 28.38R Moscrop Private 28.58J McEwan “ 30.05B Johnston J 31.16S Johnston J 31.32E Jones L 32.06P Graham 32.15J Blythe L 32.15J Cockburn 33.44
Racing report 13th
Round 7 of the time trial league took the series to the last race for yet another year, next week will certainly be a major showdown for the current top 3 placings, as all of them can still win the title.
On a windy evening Andrew Scorey managed to post a time that beat Dom Blythe by just 3 seconds on handicap as his 22:18 took 10 points and with it the joint lead in the league on 51 points. Dom, second on time and handicap took himself up to 47 and Chris Cowe took the race to a three way challenge with a 23:39 for 8 points and a 51 point total also.
With the series taking best 6 results for the 8 race series all three can get to a 54 or 55 total, dependent on their placing in the last race. It really will come right down to the wire, the title could be decided by just a few seconds or even on count back, if riders finish level on total points. Joyce Mark took a solid 5 points to take a strong lead for the ladies title on 23 points from Michelle Highfield on 13.5 Jami Blythe managed yet another personal best, the only one of the night.
Andrew Waring rode in the EMC road race at Scots Gap, Northumberland on Saturday, on a hilly fast circuit he held his own in the bunch despite a mid race crash nearly bringing him down, however, a wheel mechanical from that meant he wasn't able to give it full gas in the sprint finish, he only just finished outside the top 10 for points, a great result despite the problems.
Next weeks race on Thursday evening is the final race in the time trial league, over 10 miles and riders meet at Hutton crossroads 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Club 10 results
A bumper couple of weeks for the club ended in style as Hamish Carrick took a regional championship for the first time.
Andrew Scorey and Hamish rode a perfect race last Sunday in the Billy Warnock Memorial Road Race over 70 miles. Despite many attacks during the race the pair continued to work their tactics through the changes, and when Andrew put in a few huge chase efforts in the last miles to bring everything back together Hamish took his chance to jump clear of the main bunch with just over a mile remaining, up the final rise and as the lead group was setting themselves for a sprint finish. Hamish held on to his short gap on the storming bunch and managed to take the win by a mere 0.2 seconds and with it the title of East & Central Scotland Senior Road Race Champion, Andrew also took a good 16th despite his final chase efforts.
Earlier in the day Andrew Waring took a good 20th place, finishing well in the bunch with 2nd and 3rd category riders despite being a 4th cat himself, over 66 miles in the Ferryhill Wheelers event at Stamfordham, Northumberland.
The previous Thursday saw round six of the club time trial league and Andrew Scorey took fastest time on the night with a 22.19 and on handicap to get back into the top three in the league on 41 points. Chris Cowe's 23.47 took 8 points to take him back top on 43, Dougie Robertsons 23.55 gave 7 points to put him between the two on 42 and with Dom Blythe (9 points and a 23.26) lurking on 38 just below these three it looks like it going to go right down to the wire for yet another year. Joyce Mark leads the ladies competition by 6 points from Michelle Highfield after an excellent 25.47. John Cockburn rode yet another PB
One week earlier saw the Club Championship 25 mile time trial and it took three personal bests to fill the podium, Andrew Scorey took the title in a blistering 56.56 which also saw him take the handicap prize, Dome Blythe was second on 59.44 and new member Darren Lindsay taking his first club medal with a 1.01.28 Joyce Mark took yet another ladies title and her 1.07.12 also gave her the veterans standard award. John Cockburn was at it again as both he and Emma Jones took further PB's on the night.
This weeks time trial is round seven of the leagues series, meet at Hutton crossroads on Thursday at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Club 10 mile Time Trial
A Scorey 22.19
D Blythe 23.26
C Cowe 23.47
D Robertson 23.55
J Mark L 25.47
N Cruikshanks 26.04
I Forsyth 26.57
P Blythe 26.57
S Grimwood 27.43
M Highfield L 28.04
S Johnston J 31.23
B Johnston J 31.28
P Graham 31.38
J Cockburn 32.20 PB
J Blythe L 33.29
Club 25 mile Championship
A Scorey 56.56 PB 1st
D Blythe 59.44 PB 2nd
D Lindsay 1.1.28 PB 3rd
C Cowe 1.2 01
N Cruikshanks 1.7.11
J Mark L 1.7.12 1st Lady
M Highfield L 1.13.39 2nd Lady
J Cockburn 1.23.53 PB
E Jones L 1.24.02 PB 3rd Lady
Racing report 20th July 2016
Last week saw the fifth round of the time trial league and Dougie Robertson edge to the top of the table on 35 points, equal with Chris Cowe and Andrew Scorey just behind on 31.
It was a warm night again but this week saw the wind turn round and come from the east to give the riders a much harder ride back to the finish, that saw times reduced for many except for Andrew Waring, who showed a return to form with a big personal best and his breaking of 23 minutes for the first time, a 22:46 setting up a full ten points in the league for him on the night. Andrew Scorey continued to set the pace at the front with a 22:27 and Dogie taking a good third with 23:37. Another rider took a PB, John Cockburn.
The weekend saw three members competing in completely different disciplines, Wada Jane Field took part in the QE2 Triathlon at Woodhorn, Northumberland and stormed into 1st place in the veterans ladies category, 3rd lady overall. Hamish Carrick rode in the three stage Cromarty two day race around the Moray Firth coming in 20th place and being part of a key breakaway on day 2 which very nearly saw him in the final winning move. Andrew Scorey did his first 100 mile time trial, down nr Ripon, North Yorkshire, he managed to break the club record that has stood for 19 years, his 4 hr 8 mins took over 5 minutes off the last mark that was set by Goerge Johnston in 1997, an outstanding achievement for Andrews first time at the distance, he would have certainly seen a beating of the 4 hour mark if it had not been a very windy day.
This weeks club race is the 25 mile Championship, riders meet on Thursday 6.30 for a 7pm start at Hutton crossroads.
A Scorey 22.27
A Waring 22.46 PB
D Robertson 23.37
N Wilson 25.36
N Cruikshanks 25.44
J Mark L 25.59
P Blythe 27.06
M Highfield L 28.07
P Graham 30.38
J Blythe L 32.33
J Cockburn 32.37 PB
Race Report 12th June
An excellent summers evening for racing saw a big
westerly wind produce eleven personal bests in difficult to manage
conditions . Chris Cowe put in a great ride to take the full 10
points and take the lead in this years handicap time trial league on
35 points, Doug Robertson also had a strong race to take second on
the night and 3rd in the league on 27, with new member
Paul Graham taking his best result so far for 3rd place
and 8 points, Dom Blythe held on to second in the league with his 2
points taking him to 29. Actual finish times went against what most
expected, everyone had to really give a huge amount of effort to make
times to the turn respectable, but the return leg was well worth that
effort with many completing the second 5 miles in under 11 minutes
(28 MPH), Andrew Scorey took fastest on the night with a 22:12,
Andrew Waring second in a PB of 23:03 and Doug Robertson 3rd
in 23:24. Chris Cowe, Neil Cruickshanks, Brian Cowe, Ian Forsyth,
Michelle Highfield, Steve Grimwood, Paul Graham, Benjamin Johnston,
Jami Blythe, and John Cockburn all posted new PB's.
The previous evening saw Andrew Scorey and Neil Wilson down at Cramlington for the Barnesbury 10 mile TT. Andrew posted a new PB for 5th overall in the 48 rider field in a rapid 21:24 and Neil showed a big effort to just break 24 minutes in 23:59, a really big step in his comeback after a terrible road accident last September.
This weeks club race is another 10 miler, round 5 of the time trial league, riders meet at Hutton crossroads on Thursday 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Club 10 mile results
A Scorey 22.12
A Waring 23.03 PB
D Robertson 23.24
C Cowe 23.26 PB
D Blythe 23.29
N Wilson 25.10
N Cruikshanks 25.17 PB
J Mark L 26.03
B Cowe 26.22 PB
I Forsyth 26.35 PB
P Blythe 27.07
M Highfield L 27.28 PB
S Grimwood 27.34 PB
P Graham 30.01 PB
S Johnston 31.00
B Johnston 31.59 PB
J Blythe L 32.02 PB
J Cockburn 32.41 PB
J Blythe DNF
Race report 6th June
This weeks time trial was 25 miles and there were eight personal bests on what first seemed like a slow night.
Hard windy conditions greeted the 15 riders on the way to the turn, but those conditions must have really helped after a big effort out, as it was super quick on the way back to the finish with many riders taking less than 30 minutes for the second 12.5 miles.
Andrew Scorey posted another great time with a 57.12 taking the win on the night, Andrew Waring next over in 59.11 for a PB. Chris Cowe continued his excellent season with yet another PB in 1.00.33 for third, with further PB's from Dougie Robertson, Neil Cruickshanks, Ian Forsyth, Brian Cowe, Michelle Highfield and John Cockburn.
This weeks race is the next round of the Time Trial League with riders meeting at Hutton crossroads 6.30 for a 7pm start on Thursday.
A Scorey 57.19
A Waring 59.11PB
C Cowe 1.00.33PB
D Robertson 1.01.09 PB
N Wilson 1.04.56
N Cruikshanks 1.05.29 PB
S Rowley 1.05.36
G Smith 1.06.12
J Mark L 1.07.24
A Dickson 1.08.25
I Forsyth 1.11.50 PB
J Blythe 1.12.28
M Highfield L 1.12.35 PB
B Cowe 1.13.37 PB
J Cockburn 1.26.51PB
Thursday 23rd June report
Weds 8th June report,extra bit about Joyce's win
A fine summers evening saw Dom Blythe take two wins and the lead in the Time Trial League in just one race.
Warm and sunny greeted the riders in last weeks 10 mile race on the Pistols course, although it wasn't as fast conditions as the week before it was Dom Blythe who set a great time for first on the night with an excellent 23:17, with Doug Robertson a bit back on 23:41 and Chris Cowe setting a new PB on 24.17, further back it was Neil Cruickshanks who took a good PB, along with three others.
It the Handicap Time Trial League the top three was the same again leaving Dom Blythe to lead the series after two races on 19 points, Chris Cowe second on 15 and last years winners Doug Robertson on 14, looks like these three will be fighting it out on yet another front.
The previous weekend saw Joyce Mark win
the European Sprint Triathlon Championship, for the 5th time in a
Racing in Lisbon, Portugal Joyce took the women's 55-59 yr old title by a margin of over 1 minute, having come out of the water just a little down on the then leader she rode a brilliant bike section to take a good lead and held strong in the run to take the title, yet again, with a time of 01:14:47, a time that would have also taken the title in the lower age group. What an absolutely fantastic effort from the local superstar.
The following weekend saw Wanda Field finish first in her category and third lady in the overall at the Northumberland Tri at Druidge Bay.
This weeks race is a 15 miler, riders meet at Hutton crossroads Thursday 6.30 for a 7pm start.
D Blythe 23.17
D Robertson 23.41
C Cowe 24.17PB
D Lindsay 24.31
D Slater 25.24
N Cruikshanks 25.37PB
J Mark L 26.02
P Blythe 27.28
J Blythe 27.36
W Field L 27.50
M Highfield L 27.56PB
S Grimwood 28.00 PB
B Cowe 28.08
I Forsyth 28.13
J Cockburn 32.49 PB
What a week of racing at the club and what a week for Andrew Scorey in particular.
On Tuesday Andrew, alongside Dom Blythe, rode in a criterium at Croft motor racing circuit nr Darlington, Dom was in the first group away with fellow 3rd category riders and he certainly had a good go at breaking the group up, constantly attacking in order to create a break, by about half distance Andrews group caught them up and the 1st category riders continued Doms good works, Andrew added to this and eventually the race split all over the place with Andrew taking a well earned 3rd place on the night and Dom coming in about a solid third of the way down the field.
Move on two nights and the club hosted the first Championship night of its time trial season with a 10 miler on the Pistols course near Paxton. A good turn out of 16 found the expected poor weather forecast had held off and riders were treated to a good night with a wind on the return leg for once. No less than seven PB's gives an idea of how good a night it was and Andrew Scorey showed his good form again with a win in 22:36, Dom Blythe took second in 23:25 and Dougie Robertson placed third in 23:54 Joyce Mark took yet another ladies title with a solid 25:55, Wanda Field second in 27:36 and Michelle Highfield third in 28:10, a new PB. In the vets standard Joyce took the win with Dougie second and Chris Cowe third. The final scores of the evening were in the Time Trial League, a handicap event, the first race in that eight race series went to new member Andrew Dickson, with Dom Blythe in second and Brian Cowe third, all three beating 20 minutes on handicap, which are very quick times.
Finally the major race of the week was on Sunday, Andrew Scorey was in the large field for the Scottish National Road Race Championship held over 84 miles near West Calder. The main group of key riders held together through typical summer weather conditions until the last lap of the hilly circuit, Andrew made a number of big attempts to break away and after a couple of huge efforts the string finally snapped with Andrew finding himself off the front with quite a few big name riders, that group again split with about 10 miles to go and Andrew continued to put the pressure on eventually taking a very well earned 10th place on the day and entertaining the crowd with a fantastic sprint out of the last corner. Andrews dad Bill was a huge part of the team giving much needed drinks and food handovers throughout the race and taking the great shot of Andrew stretching for the line. A cracking race and the best result ever from a Berwick Wheeler in any national championship senior road race.
Next weeks time trial is Border Trophy round two hosted by the club on the Pistols course, can they get that little closer to the current leaders Gala CC. Race is Thursday with a 7pm start nr Hutton crossroads and a 60 rider field expected.
Club 10 Championship results
A Scorey 22.36
D Blythe 23.25
D Robertson 23.54
D Lindsay 24.06 PB
C Cowe 24.25
D Slater 25.01
A Dickson 25.43
J Mark L 25.55
N Cruikshanks 25.55
G Smith 25.56
B Cowe 26.55
J Blythe 27.34
W Field L 27.36
M Highfield L 28.10 PB
J Cockburn 32.57 PB
P Graham 33.03 PB
J Blythe L 33.41 PB