Walkers-r-Us

Sunday’s Scottish Cyclocross Championships in Aberdeenshire attracted 450 bike riders … and more than a few Walkers.

Among the Ayrshire contingent that completed the 300-mile round trip to Banchory were four members of the one family.

Taking part in separate categories at Knockburn Loch were 11-year-old Finlay Walker of Kilmaurs, his dad Neil Walker, his aunty Fiona Walker of Stewarton and his grandad John Walker of Fenwick.

It was a real family affair for the quartet whose biking pedigree is known all over Scotland.

All four are members of Walkers Cycling Club with Neil also carrying the colours of German company Cube Bikes, for whom he is Scottish account manager.

The Royal Deeside course is a favourite on the cyclocross calendar though it usually features at the start of the series in October.

The biggest change to the circuit this year was the addition of a longer, more technical climb to the top of a huge, straight-line descent about 200m long. More climbing was added all round and the lap itself was longer with a draggy uphill start to split the early contenders.

Last week’s snow had melted, leaving the ground initially firm but becoming very muddy and slippery before long. The weather was mild with no wind so racing conditions were ideal on a winter Sunday.

Walkers entrants:

Under 12m – Finlay Walker, WCC, 18.52 (6).
Junior – 10. Harry McGarvie, WCC, 59.15 (6).
Vet 40+ – 6. Neil Walker, Cube, 44.30 (5); 55. James Goldie, WCC, 43.10 (4); 79. Lindsay McGarvie, WCC, 46.57 (4).
Vet 50+ –  24. Brian McCutcheon, WCC, 1.02.60 (6); 31. Russell Mowat, WCC, 1.05.21 (6); 50. John Lumley, WCC, 1.03.25 (5).
Vet female – 11. Fiona Walker, WCC, 1.03.42 (4).
Vet 50+ female – 5. Lorna Sloan, FWCC, 58.07 (5); 8. Catherine Logan, FWCC, 1.04.47 (5).
Vet 60+ – 7. John Walker, WCC, 1.03.21 (5).
Senior – 39. Scott Kerr, WCC, 1.01.54 (6).

A family affair.  And even the images were captured by a Walker –  Susan Walker.