Skilful cyclists rise to organisers’ challenge

271012 West lothian clarion childrens mountain bike comp at linlithgow leisure centre.
271012 West lothian clarion childrens mountain bike comp at linlithgow leisure centre.

KEEN cyclists at West 
Lothian Clarion fought for their place on the podium in the final competition of the season.

Around 40 youngsters got on their bikes for the event hosted by West Lothian Clarion Kids’ Club where organiser Matthew Ball created a fantastic cyclocross course in the grounds of Linlithgow Leisure Centre.

With a long descent, tricky cornering and sections through trees, this race was a test of skill, technique and endurance.

First off were the 16 youngest riders (Youth E), who raced the course for 10 minutes.

Finn Mason put in a dominant performance to win, picking up the maximum 18 points after completing four laps.

Not far behind were Rory Martin, Finlay Turner and Miller Crombie.

In the Youth E girls, Ellie Hamilton edged out Abbi Lessels to take first place.

Next up, all other riders raced the course for 15 minutes.

With contenders in several age groups, competition was fiercest in the Youth D group, with riders Alex Ball, Sam Chisholm, Andrew Turner, Ruari Bell and Max Guthrie finishing very close together

In the Youth D girls, there was a hard fought battle for first place, with Eilidh McFadden just managing to take full points ahead of Abbie Mason, Leah Blake and Leah Grant.

The club’s awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 1.

Coach Simon Fagan said: “This season’s race series has been a real success. We have had a number of new kids joining up across all of the age groups and that augurs well as we look to 
develop their skills and experience for the future.”

The final event of the season takes place on December 1 with the Santa Cyclocross, a fun event for kids, parents, and even Santa.