Just when you thought it was all over … cyclocross bursts back into life with new events and new venues for 2016.
The traditional end of year close for CX in Scotland has been swept aside to make way for an extended programme of races, reflecting the extent to which the off-season cycling discipline has grown.
On Sunday, the location for the first round of the new Super Quaich series was Rouken Glen park in Glasgow and Ayrshire’s club cyclocrossers were happy to be heading up the M77 for their first taste of competitive cycling since before Christmas.
Friday night’s snowfall, compounded by even more of the white stuff on Saturday, had created a winter wonderland within the park on the city’s south side.
Walkers CC had seven riders at the event. In the A race were Scott Kerr 23rd; Kevin Pugh 47th, Jim Goldie 57th, Brian McCutcheon, DNF (bike problems). The B race featured Russell Mowat 9th, Catherine Logan 59th, Lorna Sloan 69th.
Round two of the Super Quaich series takes place this Sunday at Rozelle Park in Ayr, organised and hosted by the Ayr Burners club.
Organiser and Burners rider JP Baxter is encouraging all to come along to Rozelle to witness the best CX cyclists in Scotland take on the tough Belgian-style course.
JP said: “For anyone who has never seen a cyclocross race this will be a real eye-opener. The racing is fast and furious and you’re sure to see some impressive technical skills from British elite level riders and Commonwealth athletes”.
“There are also kids races in the morning before the A and B races take place. I’d like to see spectators looking out cow bells, and anything else that can make a racket, and to stir up the atmosphere and encourage the racers.”
Walkers CC anticipates that its hard-core riders will be taking advantage of what is almost a “home fixture” for them.