Distilled but not shaken

Round 2 of the Scottish Cyclocross Series was a very different affair to the sunshine and fast course of Callendar Park. The Auchentoshan course is one of the classic courses, with racing having taken place on it for over 25 years. The course is a mixture of tricky turns on open grassland, very muddy singletrack, and the dreaded muddy bank (which is only lacking a rope to help competitors climbing up it).

Once again the Walkers CC team were led off by young Finlay Wheeler in the under 12’s, storming round to 4 laps. In the veterans race, dad Martin suffered a puncture (recent path resurfacing with fine flints led to a very large number of back wheel flats), and his subsequent search for a spare wheel cost him valuable time. Stuart McLean rode another strong, consistent race to 23rd place. Scott Russell was also starting to look more like his normal self, transitioning back into muddy races from Triathlon to come in 43rd.  Jim Goldie and Robert Earp also took part.

Anna Walker led the womens race for the first few hundred metres with a blistering start, and recorded another fine finish in 6th place. Julie Nimmo finished 10th,  Fiona Walker completed in 14th place with Lorna Sloan dragging her mountain bike round the course a place behind her.

In the senior race, Neil Walker had a bad start, but clawed his way back into the top 10 on the 2nd lap. After a bike change to cope with the worsening conditions, Neil almost immediately suffered a puncture, and nursed his bike round the lap to the pits again. Another quick bike change was followed by another rear wheel puncture, and quick thinking from Kelly McNee & Fiona Walker in the pits fitted a training wheel to the other bike, and Neil was able to continue racing to a hard fought 7th place. Scott Kerr had a much better race this week (despite his obligatory broken rear mech on lap 2, which saw him have to run half a lap to the pits), and moved up the order to finish 27th, and John McCracken returned from injury to finish 39th.