Preview: SuP6R Six A Series Set for Falkirk Finale

Colin Renton writes … The 2011 Scottish Power Renewables SuP6R Six Series for A riders reaches its climax on Sunday when the Billy Warnock Memorial Road Race takes place. The event is hosted by Falkirk Bicycle Club, with Grangemouth Rugby Club as race headquarters.

Current series leader James McCallum (Rapha Condor-Sharp) is an absentee as he is on duty south of the border. The Commonwealth Games medallist currently has a 91 point advantage over Gary Hand (Endura/Pedal Power Development Team), winner of the inaugural Sup6r Six competition in 2008, meaning McCallum can still be caught.

Hand’s team mate Robbie Hassan has two wins to his credit so far and will be looking to take his tally to three, although overall success in the series is just beyond his reach. The teenager clearly enjoys the course, having finished runner up to Evan Oliphant in last year’s Billy Warnock, which was named event of the year by Scottish Cycling. And, a fine performance in last weekend’s East Yorkshire Classic confirmed that he is in fine form.

The race also features a battle for the bragging rights between the Murdochs, with Peter and Gordon of Team Cyclelane currently occupying fourth and fifth spots in the standings. While Oliphant is also an absentee, the 77 strong entry features four elite category riders. Davie Lines (Endura/Pedal Power Development Team) is on home territory and probably knows the roads around Grangemouth better than any rider in the field, while the Herbalife/Wheelbase squad will travel north with a trio of elites in the shape of Richard Bolt, Ian Taylor and Dillon Byrne.

Meanwhile, Tom Anderson, Neil Cameron and Stevie Dunn will be riding for the pride of the host club.  Dunn won the race in 2007 and his successor, Graham McGarrity (Dooleys RT) will also be on the start line on Sunday. Race organiser Craig Moffat and his helpers have again produced an extensive prize list with the support of local sponsors including Velocity 44 Stirling, Solid Rock Cycles, Balmore, Stirling Cycle Repairs,, Larbert and Malcom Allan Butchers, Falkirk. In addition, Ice Factory Studios of Falkirk is the official race photographer and Calluna Flower Design, Stenhousemuir is donating podium prizes.

The event is in memory of the late Billy Warnock, who passed away in November 2004.  He was a stalwart of Scottish cycling with successes that included the Glasgow-Dunoon road race and the concluding the stage of the 2007 Milk Race – a result that earned him second place overall. Warnock went on to mentor the young Jason MacIntyre and is fondly remembered by members of the Falkirk and many other clubs across Scotland.

The B Series, for which this is round five, remains wide open, with current leader Dale McCallum (Bicycleworks) currently in the lead by just 19 points from Euan MacPherson (Dunfermline CC), while Gary Cross and Peter Hale of the host club lie third and fourth respectively and will be keen to make local knowledge tell.

Meanwhile, with her nearest challenger Lee Craigie not competing, women’s leader Jenny Stanning (Edinburgh RC) can extend her advantage in the overall standings. The A race, which starts at 10am will be contested over five laps of the 14.8 mile main circuit, with hill primes on laps 1 and 3, plus sprint primes on laps 2 and 4. The 50 mile B race gets underway 30 minutes later and features a hill prime on the second of the three laps plus a sprint prime on the final circuit.

Start Sheets

A Race
1 Nigel MacAodha Aberdeen Wheelers 3rd
2 Robert Cowie Aberdeen Wheelers CC V3
3 Paul Torrance Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 3
4 Mark Skilling Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 3
5 Brian McGhee Chryston Wheelers CC 3rd
6 Trevor Wilson Dales Cycles Racing Team Scotland 3rd cat
7 Mike Spalding Deeside Thistle CC V3
8 Neil Anderson Deeside Thistle CC 3rd
9 Martin Lonie 2nd
10 Greig Brown Dooleys Cycles RT 3
11 Graham McGarrity Dooleys Cycles RT V2
12 Stuart Macgregor Dooleys Cycles RT 2ND VET
13 Greg Brown junior 2nd
14 Derek Walker East Kilbride RC 3
15 Neil Taylor Edinburgh RC 2
16 Calum MacLean Edinburgh RC 3rd
17 Gary Hand Endura/PedalPower Development Team 1st
18 David Lines Endura/PedalPower Development Team Elite
19 Robert Hassan Endura/PedalPower Development Team 1st
20 Dougie Young Endura/PedalPower Development Team 2nd
21 Jordan Stokes Endura/PedalPower Development Team 2nd
22 Scott McCrossan Endura/PedalPower Development Team 2nd
23 Liam Cowie Endura/PedalPower Development Team 2nd
24 Tom Anderson Falkirk BC 3rd VET
25 Neil Cameron Falkirk BC 2nd VET
26 Stevie Dunn Falkirk BC 3rd VET
27 James McPake GJS Racing Team 2nd
28 John McQuade GJS Racing Team V3
29 Craig Adams GJS Racing Team 2nd
30 Gerald Grant GJS Racing Team 3rd cat
31 Keith Laird Glasgow Couriers 3rd
32 Craig Holmes Glasgow Nightingale CC 3rd Cat
33 Phil Deveney Glasgow Nightingale CC 3rd
34 Nicky Cronin Glasgow Wheelers 3
35 Craig Wallace Granite City RT 3rd Junior
36 Alister Watt Granite City RT 2nd Vet
37 Keith Robertson Granite City RT 2V
38 Roman Bardzik Granite City RT 3rd
39 Veli-Matti Raikkonen Granite City RT 2
40 Dave Henderson GT Racing UK 1
41 Richard Bolt Herballife/Wheelbase E
42 Ian Taylor Herballife/Wheelbase E
43 Dillon Byrne Herballife/Wheelbase E
44 Scott Newman Inverclyde Velo 3
45 Thomson David Johnstone Wheelers CC 3rd U/23
46 Paul McDonald   Johnstone Wheelers CC V3
47 Andrew Matheson   Musselburgh Roads CC 2 Cat vet
48 Paul McInally Rock & Road Cycles 3rd
49 Allan Clark Sandy Wallace Cycles 2
50 Ross Green Stewartry Wheelers/Next LevelBikes cat3 Junior
51 Malcolm Gibson Stirling BC 3rd
52 Mark Baugh Stirling BC 3rd
53 Richard McDonald Stirling BC 2
54 Peter Murdoch team cyclane 2nd
55 Stephen Russell team cyclelane v2
56 Gordon Murdoch Team Cyclelane 2nd
57 Rich Semple Team Cyclelane 3rd
58 Steven Robertson Team Icarus 3rd
59 Richard Small Team Icarus 2nd
60 Andrew Brierley Team Leslie Bike Shop / Right Move Windows V3
61 Stevie Crowther Team Leslie Bikeshop – Right Move Windows 3rd
62 Andrew Hood Team Leslie Bikeshop – Right Move Windows 2
63 Gary McCrae Team Leslie Bikshop – Right Move Windows 2ND VET
64 Brian  Duncan  Granite City RT 3rd
65 Tim Blathwayt VC Edinburgh 3rd
66 Lewis Oliphant Velo Ecosse 2nd
67 Ian King Velocity 44 V3
68 Graham Moore Velocity44 Stirling 3
69 Tom Worthington Vortex R.T./Millersport/Solidrock/Conquest 3V
70 Alastair McNicol 2/U23
71 Hamish MacLean 3V
72 Andrew Davies 3V
73 Craig McQueen GJS Racing Team 3rd
74 Andrew Whitehall Glasgow Wheelers 3rd
75 Stevie Hazlett Glasgow Ivy V2
76 John McAfferty  Team Leslie Bikeshop – Right Move Windows V3
77 John Patterson  Dunfries CC 3

B Race
90 Paul Gibson Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 4th
91 Robert Kelly Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 4th
92 Ewan Minty Berwick Wheelers CC 4th
93 Grant Johnstone Chryston Wheelers CC V4
94 Luke Johnstone Chryston Wheelers CC Jnr
95 Gary Maher Dales Cycles 4th
96 David Anderson Deeside Thistle CC 4th
97 Peter Anderson Deeside Thistle CC 4th
98 John Paterson Dumfries CC 4
99 Neil Crawford Dundee Thistle RC 4th
100 John Milligan Dundee Wheelers CC 4/Vet
101 Euan Macpherson Dunfermline CC 3rd (4th at start)
102 Graeme Small East Kilbride  RC 4V
103 John Farrell East Kilbride RC 4th
104 Wilson Kane East Kilbride RC 4th
105 Marek Jurasinski Edinburgh RC 4th
106 Graeme Scott Edinburgh RC 4
107 Georges Avraam Edinburgh RC V50 4th
108 Ayrton Pellet Edinburgh RC junior
109 Jenny Stanning Edinburgh RC 2nd
110 Jason Fogarty Edinburgh RC 4
111 Alexa Mair Edinburgh RC 3
112 Raymond Williams Edinburgh RC 4
113 Francis Hepburne Scott Edinburgh RC 4
114 Gary Cross Falkirk BC V3 (V4 ar start of series)
115 Peter Hale Falkirk BC Junior 3rd
116 Jack Mclaren Falkirk BC 4th
117 Craig Gilmour Falkirk BC 4
118 McKenzie McPherson Falkirk BC 4v
119 Stephen Dickson Falkirk BC 4th
120 Bruce Fullerton Falkirk BC 4th
121 Katie Wylie Falkirk BC W
122 James McLoughlin Forres CC Vet 4
123 Terence McMahon Glasgow Ivy CC 4
124 John Gartland Glasgow Ivy CC 4
125 Keith Armstrong Glasgow Nightingale CC 4th
126 David Dalziel Glasgow Nightingale CC 4th
127 David Lang Glasgow Wheelers CC V3 O/60
128 Ross Cunningham Glenmarnock Wheelers 4th
129 Chris Stewart Hardrock Cycling Club 4
130 Scott Lindsay Innerleithen MTB Racing / i-Cycles Junior 4th
131 Matt Hennon Inverclyde Velo 4th
132 Barrie McCutcheon Johnstone Wheelers CC 4
133 Benjamin Peacock Johnstone Wheelers CC 4th
134 Mark Murray Moray Firth CC 4th
135 Mike Henderson Moray Firth CC 4
136 Andrew Scott Musselburgh Roads CC 4
137 Brian Hamilton Pedal Power RT 4v
138 Andy Douglas Pedal Power RT 4th V
139 Arron Wright Pedal Power RT 4th
140 Chris McLean Peebles CC 4
141 Scot Bullivant Rock & Road 4
142 Ricky Sutherland Royal Albert 4
143 Sandy Wallace Sandy Wallace Cycles V3 – 60+
144 Olivier Camy Sandy Wallace Cycles 4th
145 David Lawtie Spokes RT – KOOL GanG 4th 50V
146 Derek McMillan St Christophers cc cat 4 (v50)
147 Ryan Fenwick Stewartry Wheelers/MPG Cycles 3rd
148 Grant Thomson Stirling Bike Club 4th
149 William Bowers Stirling Bike Club 4
150 Owen Philipson Stirling Bike Club 4
151 Cameron Milne Team Leslie Bike Shop Right Move Windows 4th
152 Jim Meek Team Leslie Bikeshop – Right Move Windows 4th
153 Brendan Roe Team Leslie Bikeshop – Right Move Windows V50
154 Andrew Kilpatrick Team Leslie Bikshop – Right Move Windows V50 3rd cat
155 Raymond Reidy Team Leslie Bikshop – Right Move Windows 3rd vet over50
156 Tony Reidy Team Leslie Bikshop – Right Move Windows 4th cat
157 Scott Boyd Team Starbikewear Masters (Vet)
158 Dale McCallum junior cat 3
159 Scott McCallum Unattached 4
160 Stuart Grady Unattached 4th
161 Steve Macluskie VC Glasgow South 4th
162 David Blockley VC Glasgow South 4th
163 Michael Fong Velo Club Edinburgh 4
164 Peter Ward VELOCLuB EDINBuRGH 4th
165 Craig Marshall West Lothian Clarion CC cat 4
166 Simon Kenny West Lothian Clarion CC V4
167 Paul McSkimming V4
168 Charles McCusker Unattached Day
169 Christopher Walsh Unattached 4th
170 Wollovan Wisgerden Stirling Bike Club 4th
171 David Borland Johnstone Wheelers CC day
172 David Edward Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 4th
173 Alec McCallister Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 50+
174 Darren Wood Walkkers CC 4th
175 Gordon Jackson Hawick CC V4
176 William McDonald Johnstone Wheelers CC Day
177 Michael Robb Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn CC 4th
178 Collin McLellan Velo Club Edinburgh 4th
179 Daniel Halliday Unattached 4th

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