Report: Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series


The wait was finally over for the start of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series, held at the challenging and for once dry “Tosh” venue.

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Round One- Auchentoshen | October 6th 2013.

No Splosh at the Tosh | Words: John McComisky | Images;Anthony Robson

The traditional course boasted a much more in the way of switchback sections as well as having a lot of pre course work done on the famous bomb-hole and river crossing sections of what is still regarded at the toughest course on the Scottish scene.


Preceding the the main events were a clutch of Kids and Youth races with full house fields throughout. The Scottish Cyclocross scene is now bulging with young talent, all eager to hone racing skills and learn the art of Cyclocross racing, youth cross is finally coming of age.

In the Under Eight class spoils of cross war went to Gavin Gronowski from Findlay Turner, with a great ride from Isla McCutcheon placing a strong third overall as well as claiming top spot in the girls class.

In the Under Twelve Class honours were fought out hard and fast with Jamie Johnston holding off Hamish McClaren and Callum Reid, with top girl Niamh Docherty riding well to place ninth overall in a field of sixty four riders who finished the tough course.

In the Youth Class Joe Nally held an impressive fifteen second win over Sean Flynn with John Macleod taking the last podium step in the Bike Love supported classes.

With a new structure to the Womens, Youth and Veteran 50 Class having it’s own race to showcase themselves around a still fast but slippery parcour, from the gun it was the hard charging Youth riders who took hold of the early laps with stand out riding from Harry Johnston (Thomsons Cycles), Connor Nally (Hardie Bikes) and Edinburgh Road Club’s Ben Forsyth.


This trio were stalked by the sprightly old fox that is Brendan Roe, who simply destroyed the fifty plus class from the get go, and he was soon in amongst the young crew gobbling up places.

While the all of this was going on, Maddy Robinson (Velo Club Moulin) had already gapped the Women’s class, and showed now ill effects of having raced at last weeks Three Peaks Cyclocross last week, and soon had a good buffer on the diminutive pairing of Thomson’s Cycles backed Isla Short and Morven Brown and her Dales Cycles mount.

With the course now starting to thicken with some light rain, Johnston powered to a fine win from the evergreen Roe with Nally third across the line. Robinson proved she is going to be the woman to watch will a solid win over Short and Brown with a commendable ride from track tandem pilot Lyndsey Carson (Thomsons Cycles) showing good form on her single speed crosser.

The Veteran 40 Class proved to be a a real shake up with the Leslie Bikes trio of Gary McCrae, John McCafferty and Franco Porco having a real fight on their hands from the hometown Glasgow United crew comprising of the super slick James Melville, Stevie Jackson and Hans Fourhaug all mixing up the race order in the early laps.

Melville dealt with the now choppy and treacherous course with style and had built up a ten second lead coming into the bell lap over a tenacious McCrae, who looked like having to give best to a home win.

However as the last lap unfolded, Melville shipped his Chain and McCrae pounced on him to take a first Ridley Series points winning haul from James, and his Glasgow United team mate Stevie Jackson. Further down the order of note was the ride of Colin Bain from the EKRC who will be a man to watch in the next few events placing a fine sixth.

The final race of the day boasted a seventy strong field in the Senior class, and despite the absence of some of the main players, still racing abroad, holidaying or catching flights back to the UK, you still had a strong field to take on the curtain closing Auchentoshen course.

From the off, Roger Campbell Crawford (Thomson Cycles) put on a stellar display, and although on his mountain bike, managed to set up an early lead over his drop barred pursuers. Despite his pursuers dragging the gap back in the later laps, he had the situation under control to score a fine win to start his cross campaign.

Impressive rides however came from Velo Club Edinburgh single speed rider Colin May who made short work of a great ride from Steve Halsall (Velo Club Moulin) fresh from a 12th place at the Three Peaks and a powerful performance from Velo Sportive main man Sean Clark.

Round two of the Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series takes place at the picturesque Callender Park Estate in Falkirk in two weeks, and due to the interest is the series, entries online are strongly advised to guarantee a ride on the day.

Glasgow United would like to that all the club members who helped prepare the venue, as well as event sponsors on the day: Bike Love, Thomsons Cycles as well as the series support of Ridley, Lazer Helmets and Madison, who have trully brought a taste of Belgium to Scottish Cyclocross.


1 Roger Campbell-Crawford
2 Colin May
3 Stevie Halsall
4 Sean Clark
5 Scott Logan
6 Scott Lindsay
7 Douglas Shearer
8 Paul McInally
9 Craig Adams
10 Sean Gordon
11 Addy Pope
12 Simon Fairfull
13 Tim Mackley
14 Tom Owens
15 Craig Owen
16 Paul Carmichael
17 Wayne Barr
18 David Hamill
19 Finlay Strivens
20 Iain Dunlop
21 Graeme Cross
22 Alan Love
23 Dermot Bailie
24 Mark Shilton
25 Ewan Gronkowski
26 Scott Kerr
27 Jim Cameron
28 Paul Fairbairn
29 Alex Robertson
30 Neil McKenzie
31 Jonathan Herbert
32 Blair Martin
33 Eoghan Maguire
34 Stuart Allan
35 Richard Armstrong
36 Duncan Leitch
37 Greig Baird
38 Ian Hockey
39 Keith Leinster
40 Dan Gates
41 Tom Blankenstein
42 Colin Moulson
43 Kevin Kealy
44 David Armitt
45 Peter Ross
46 Thomas Downie
47 James Shawcross
48 Ali Turner
49 Saul Ayton
50 Gordon Macrae
51 Nick Thomas
52 Peter MacKintyre
53 Michael Fong
54 Cristian Iannozzi

1 Gary McCrae
2 James Melville
3 Stephen Jackson
4 John McCaffery
5 Franco Porco
6 Colin Bain
7 Iain Nimmo
8 Gordon Chisholm
9 John Woodrow
10 Simon Muir
11 Nigel Holl
12 Graham Munro
13 Barry McGuire
14 Mark Barnett
15 Scott Anderson
16 Jon Meredith
17 Alan Quinn
18 Ronald Barker
19 Adrian Wallis
20 John Reid
21 Keith Mailer
22 Iain McMullen
23 Paul Gallacher
24 Ross Black
25 Kenny Kentley
26 Alastair Little
27 Derek Martin
28 Martin Ferry
29 George Roberts
30 John Owen
31 Stephen McDowall
32 Jason Lindsay
33 John McLagan
34 Russell Stout
35 Scott Russell
36 Fraser Waters
37 Edd Shackley
38 David Mason
39 John Grant
40 Chris Duncan
41 Andrew Bell
42 Russell Mowat
43 Stuart Punton
44 James Goldie
45 Ian Churcher
46 Bryan Donnelly
47 Jerome Finlayson
48 Sean Webster
49 David Harcourt
50 William Burns
51 Gordon Watt
52 Alasdar McGill
53 Neil Mackay
54 David Carlin
55 Bryan Shedden
56 Gerard Tapley
57 Stephen Begen
58 Iain Pryde
59 Paul Davies
60 Iain Laithwaite
61 Barry Garner

1 Harry Johnston
2 Brendan Roe
3 Conor Nally
4 Ben Forsyth
5 Ruari Yeoman
6 Maddy Robinson
7 William Young
8 Isla Short
9 Jack Savage
10 Morven Brown
11 Matthew Peters
12 Howard Perkins
13 Robert Earp
14 Bob Cherry
15 Lyndsey Carson
16 Mona Petrie
17 Brenda Callander
18 Kevin Sabiston
19 John Gordon
20 Anna Walker
21 Graeme Scott
22 Gordon Scott
23 Clare Whiteham
24 Zara Mair
25 Alastair Wilson
26 Andy Brown
27 Ailsa Curtis
28 Mike Ferguson
29 Catherine Logan
30 Lorna Sloan
31 George Welch
32 Denise Schofield
33 Anne Chisholm
34 Sharon O’Leary
35 Jonathan Wittrick
36 Emma Bean
37 Stuart Green
38 Lindsay Leinster
39 Helen Ingoe

1 Joseph Nally
2 Sean Flynn
3 John Macleod
4 Struan Pryde
5 Calum Shackley
6 Logan Dow
7 Douglas Carchrie
8 Cameron Mason
9 Innes Johnston
10 Tormod Docherty
11 Rhona Callander
12 Maximilian Bloor
13 Charlie Aldridge
14 Jenny Holl
15 Andrew Vettraino
16 Anthony Hay
17 Finley Atterton
18 Anna McGorum
19 Sandy Holl
20 Ishbel Strathdee
21 Sean Dupree
22 Ewan Mathieson
23 Anna Shackley
24 Orin McConville
25 Eleanor Strathdee
26 Jack Cruden
27 Matthew Running
28 Abby Stewart
29 Ewan Ballantyne
30 Aidan Carlin
31 Heather Coull
32 Blake Welsh

1 Jamie Johnston
2 Hamish Maclaren
3 Callum Reid
4 Corran Carrick Anderson
5 Rory McGuire
6 Gregor Robb
7 Sorley Johnstone
8 Patrick Kiehlmann
9 Niamh Docherty
10 Ruairidh McKenzie
11 Aaron King
12 Murray Lawson
13 Hamish Armitt
14 Andrew Turner
15 Eva Young
16 Mack Stewart
17 Anna Flynn
18 Kyle Thomas
19 Georgia Ferry
20 Blair Kemp
21 Matti Dobbins
22 Cameron Gillanders
23 Finn Mason
24 Kieran Ballard
25 Abbie Mason
26 Niall Carlin
27 Patrick Barnes
28 James Ballantyne
29 Morven Yeoman
30 Skye Donnelly
31 Keir Roberts
32 Kasha Butz
33 Kirsty Hay
34 Archie Ellen
35 Ben McMullen
36 Christina McGorum
37 Rory Monaghan
38 Elliott Davies
39 Kirsty Reid
40 Fraser Thomson
41 Finlay Taylor
42 Kerry Dow
43 Lloyd Brown
44 Ruaridh Griffiths
45 Aiden Wilson
46 Cameron Anderson
47 Sophie Paterson
48 Mia Padmananbhan
49 Alfie Atterton
50 Charlotte Hay
51 Anna Reid
52 Kayleigh Mornin
53 Stella Robb
54 Kate Snodgrass
55 Callum Bain
56 Una Morrice
57 Yasmin McPhail
58 Daniel Brennan
59 Ellie Fraser
60 Thomas Wisdish
61 Fiona Hay
62 Stuart Dallas
63 Rachel Thomson
64 Anna Turner

1 Gavin Gronkowski
2 Finlay Turner
3 Isla McCutcheon
4 Alasdair Padmanabhan
5 Daisy Taylor
6 Alexander Quinn
7 Geoff Vera
8 Andrew Brewer
9 Innes McDonald
10 Kristin Peil
11 Harry Turner
12 Sarah Aitken
13 Mark Brennan
14 Scott Wiseman
15 Niamh Waters
16 Charles Peoples
17 Neal McShane
18 Isla Whittet
19 James Kiddermann
20 Arran Dunn
21 Joe Barnes
22 Inos Morrice
23 Gareth Davies
24 Eiildh Gronkowski



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