Cyclocross not for the faint-hearted

Neil Walker writes about a gentle day in the tropical December weather. Or maybe not…

The Scottish Cyclocross Championships returned to the home of ‘Cross in Scotland, Auchentoshan in Clydebank on Sunday, and the riders experienced possibly the worst conditions ever! The recent wet spell meant that the course was slippery and waterlogged before any racing began, and it deteriorated further over the day adding several extra running sections! When we add in the cold and sleet that hit shortly after racing began, it certainly made for a tough day!

Julie Nimmo suffered a 1st lap mechanical in the Womens Championships, but Fiona Walker managed to complete 3 laps with the tail-end of chest infection making its effects known! Scott Russell was returning from a long lay-off with injury, but rode strongly to finish.

By the time of the senior race, the course was extremely heavy going, and those with spare bikes were planning on a strategy of regular bike changes. The Walkers Cycling Club pit crew was at least 5 strong, and worked flat out handing up clean bikes, and washing/de-clogging the dirty ones. Neil Walker had a solid start just on the edge of the top 10 after 2 laps, and managed to chip away in the battle amongst the 2nd half of the top 10 to finish in 7th place. Scott Kerr and Charles Vincent had their now traditional battle, swapping positions throughout, before a last lap mechanical for Charles ensured that Scott got the better of him. John McCracken suffered an early mechanical and was forced to retire.

Top 3 results from each category can be found HERE

Some great pics of the senior race here – HERE