Young cyclists decided their final podium places in the last event of the season for the West Lothian Clarion.
On Saturday, November 2, a cyclocross race was held at Linlithgow Leisure Centre, and more than 35 riders over three age groups grabbed the chance to maximise their points tally on the varied, technical course designed by coaches.
The youngest riders (Youth E) kicked off proceedings, racing round a shortened version of the course for 10 minutes. For the boys, Finn Mason put in a dominant position to win ahead of Ross Chisholm and Finlay Turner, while Robbie Mackenzie (6), a member of the club for only a few weeks, performed fantastically well in his first race to secure 7th position. For the girls, Ellie Hamilton demonstrated her strength by challenging the leading boys and secured victory ahead of Megan Wansborough.
In the Youth D race, riders faced the challenge of tackling the full course for 15 minutes. Despite an increasingly slippery surface, Sam Chisholm produced one of his best performances of the year to edge out rivals Andrew Turner and Max Guthrie, whilst Abbie Mason came in ahead of Daisy Wilson for the girls.
The final race of the day, involving Youth B and C riders, was equally competitive, particularly in the C boys, which saw a titanic battle for first place between Alex Ball, Innes Wilson and Christopher Hordon, with Alex securing victory taking the maximum 20 points. The results team led by Ali McQuillen then started work on calculating the overall placings across the six race series by totalling up each rider’s four best results.
In the end only a few points separated the top riders across all age groups. Finn Mason took first place in Youth E boys with a maximum 80 points, closely followed by Rory Martin (76) and Gabriel Lee (75). For the Youth D boys, Max Guthrie (79) finished the series one point ahead of Andrew Turner, with Sam Chisholm close behind (74).
There was a tie for first place in both the Youth C boys and girls. For the boys, Alex Ball and Innes Wilson (78) shared top spot, whilst for the girls there was nothing to separate Alison Bryce and Eilidh McFadden (79).
Youth coach Matthew Ball said: “This year’s race series has been the best yet. We’ve had over 60 riders taking part across the whole range of disciplines. A number of our members are now regularly taking part in race events across the country, as well as track sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow. As a club we have come on leaps and bounds since launching four years ago and we are all very excited about the future.”
Club president David Mason congratulated all of those who took part in the race series. The Youth Club season officially comes to a close with the Santa Cyclocross on Saturday, December 7 with special guests.