Memories of Plean near Stirling were rekindled on Sunday as seasoned cyclocross riders returned to the village after a four-year break in racing. And with the rain descending in torrents at times, there were times when the course could easily have been more suited to a regatta than a bike race.
The rain, snow, sleet and wind were at their worst for the build-up to the vet 50 and women’s event, where four Walkers CC members took their place in a very competitive field. Russell Mowat and Scott Russell were doing battle during the first few laps, taking turns at as one tried to break the other. Meanwhile Lorna Sloan and Catherine Russell were pushing the pace at the front of the women’s race. Lorna was placed third in the Vet 40 category while Catherine took the honours in the Vet 50 category.
Walkers returns: Men’s Vet 40, Jim Goldie 21st; Men’s Vet 50, Scott Russell 11th, Russell Mowat 12th; Women’s Vet 40, Lorna Sloan 4th; Women’s Vet 50, Catherine Logan 1st; Senior Open Race, Kevin Pugh 24th, John McCracken 27th.
No stopping MTB group
Despite Sunday’s weather forecast of strong winds and non-stop rain eight mountainbikers turned up at Eglinton Park for the second of Walkers CC’s local leisure runs.
The paths and tracks in the park were sodden with a lot of hidden deep puddles which gave riders wet feet and legs. The strong wind helped blow the riders up to the Standing Stones but the usual freewheel race descent was cancelled because of the headwind.
Seven riders turned out for an even wetter ride along the River Ayr on Wednesday night. All of the paths were wet and muddy with only those sections deep in the woods being a little drier and sheltered from rain showers. The riders had fun on the new downhill sections recently built in the woods at Auchincruive and on the singletrack descent from Annbank Bowling Club