It was the pit crew who were the heroes of the day for Walkers Cycling Club at Sunday’s mega muddy cyclocross event in Fife.
The club’s power-wash squad performed like clockwork to keep the wheels turning and the riders in contention at Lochore Meadows.
With just a week until the Scottish Cyclocross Championships at Irvine Beach, riders from Walkers CC riders were in fine form for this fourth round meeting in the Scottish series.
Podium regular Neil Walker had another storming ride to place 3rd in the Open Race and is now points leader with two rounds to go. WCC results: Veteran Women – Lorna Sloan 6th, Catherine Logan 7th, Fiona Walker 15th; Over 50s – Russell Mowat 23rd, Robert Earp 24th, John Walker 37th; Over 40s – James Goldie 33rd, Brian Mccutcheon – 46th; Open Men – Neil Walker 3rd, Scott Kerr 14th, Kevin Pugh 27th.
Meanwhile, despite unfavourable forecasts suggesting snow and sub-zero temperatures for the North of Scotland, Drew Thomson, Sam Lynch, James Sapwell and Ainslie Thomson of WCC set off to recce the Strathpuffer course ahead of the 2016 event.
Drew led the way, showing the first timers the course. With a slight dusting of snow the course started with a climb up the fire road and then cut off onto some rocky singletrack where the fun began. A quick stop for a selfie with “Bob” the skeleton biker was necessary. The group continued onwards to complete the course before the darkness fell.
A break for a hot drink and some sweeties, allowed the sun to set completely. The temperature had dropped, the snow had come on and ice was starting to form in places for the group to set off in the dark for their 2nd lap. This time round the group took on the 2015 final descent which, instead of leading you along a gravel path, took you along a section that allowed you to build up good speed over undulating ground. A combination of slippery rocks, mud and some very deep puddles left everybody grinning at the bottom.
Staying the night at Glenmore Lodge left everyone refreshed on Sunday morning with Laggan Wolftrax next on the agenda. The climb started with a snowy fire road, and then cut off up a steep rocky section, made even trickier by the layer of ice! The remainder of the climb had a lot of snow hidden technical sections catching people out. The Wolf’s Lair viewpoint saw beautiful views over the snowy mountains. Some photos captured the moment and then it was time for the fun bit. Fast flowing singletrack swooped down the side of the mountain, the icy conditions adding even more of an edge to the trail, with plenty of opportunities to get some air between the tyres and the ground. Regrouping at the bottom of the run the decision was unanimous that more laps were required. Any difficulties from the first climb were forgotten as everyone craved more of the descent.