Walkers Cycling Club was well represented at the second annual Dig in at the Dock cyclocross event in Bo’ness today. Scheduled as “The most hotly anticipated cyclocross race in the Scottish Calendar (maybes)”, this event is a 4km chase around Bo’ness harbour on a variety of surfaces including grass, gravel and cobbles. With the organisers deciding that there would be only race this year, the 119 starters comprised all ages and abilities pitched against each other. Add to this the fact that the course was 99% flat, and we had an instant recipe for an exciting fast-paced race. Indeed a blistering pace was established right from the starting pistol with both the men’s and the women’s principal contenders setting off at a rate that made it almost impossible to keep up with.
Walkers riders, however, most certainly did not let themselves down. Russell Mowat came home first for the Kilmaurs club in 69th place, with Scott Russell hot on his heels. Euan Cleland put on a tremendous show of determination to finish 75th and Anna Walker and Catherine Logan both secured their spots in the top ten women riders.
This event has a strong element of fun to it and although there was some serious competition going on, the riders and spectators alike all commented on the marvellous atmosphere the event generated. Said organiser David Hamill:
“Thanks to the fast guys, the slow guys and the somewhere in between guys. Within cycling it’s only cyclocross where you’re all so relevant to the personality of the sport. Without the fast guys it’s just a bunch of fat middle aged men in lycra getting muddy in a field, without the slow guys it would be too serious and elitist and without the somewhere in between guys there would be a yawning chasm in the middle.
Mostly I’d like to thank everyone who turned up today no matter what you were doing, riding, watching, helping, taking photos of seals, whatever. All you need to do is turn up and be excited about it and if there are enough of us there the atmosphere creates itself. It wasn’t me or John that did that, it was you.”
A hearty vote of thanks to the organisers is due – what a great day out, and what a great turn-out of riders, trade stalls and spectators.
And I spent the last of my inheritance on a very classy Castelli jacket too. Perfect.