Young cyclists excel in first ever Cyclo-cross

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THE first ever Clarion Youth 
Cyclo-cross open race event took off on Sunday, February 24, with 80 riders making tracks 
toward the finish line.

In just over two hours, the grounds of Linlithgow Leisure Centre were transformed into a terrific cyclo-cross course, including tricky corners, off-camber sections and a step-over. Top riders from clubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Peebles, Dundee and Perth were given a warm welcome by organisers West Lothian Clarion Club as they tackled the course, and riders also took part in the 2012 Mid-Scotland Cyclo-cross Championships.

Cyclists were split into three age groups, with the under-8s setting off first, racing a shortened version of the course for 10 minutes. Next up were the under-12s, who took on the full course for 15 minutes, followed by the under-16s, who rode for a gruelling 30 minutes.

There was plenty of sweat, tumbles and even some tears, but urged on by commentator Jammie Johnston and the crowd, every rider made it over the finish line with a smile, to be 
presented with a medal.

Kids Club president David Mason said: “This was a terrific event and really helped raise the profile of our club and cycling in general. The kids had a great time, the sun was shining and our on-site catering team ensured that the crowd were kept happy by serving up a delicious range of 
home-baking.

“This year we are planning an even more exciting range of activities and, with our annual six race series, road biking at a secret venue and various fun social events, we think it will offer something for everyone.”

Race organiser Ewen Fulton added: “It really was a fantastic event from start to finish. We got lots of positive feedback which was great. We hope to make the Clarion Youth Cyclo-cross a firm fixture in the race calendar.”

Organisers thanked Linlithgow Leisure Centre, Mid-Scotland Cycle Association, Jammie Johnston, Braw Bars, and all of the riders for taking part and their enthusiastic supporters.

Anyone interested in joining West Lothian Clarion Kids Club can take part in the first two sessions free of charge. Email kidsclub@westlothianclarion.co.uk for further information. Riders must be at least six years of age and able to cycle unaided.

Selected Results

Clarion Youth Cyclo-cross

Under 8 Boys: 1.Fin Mason (West 
Lothian Clarion), 2.Patrick Barnes (Glasgow Riderz), 3.Elliot Davies (Carnegie Cyclones)

Under 10 Boys: 1.Gregor Robb (Royal Albert CC), 2.Andrew Turner (West Lothian Clarion), 3.Finton Price 
(Dunfermline CC)

Under 10 Girls: 1.Elena McGoram (Peebles Cycling Club), 2.Abbie Mason (West Lothian Clarion), 3.Skye 
Donnelly (Glasgow Riderz)

Under 12 Boys: 1.Alex Ball (West 
Lothian Clarion), 2.Chris Hordon (West Lothian Clarion), 3.Andrew Oxley (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 14 Boys: 1.Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes), 2.Connor Johnston (Team Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique), 3.Cameron Mason (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 16 Boys: 1.Connor Nally 
(Hardie Bikes), 2.Jamie Mason (West Lothian Clarion)

Mid-Scotland Cyclo-cross Championships

Under 8 Boys: 1.Fin Mason (West 
Lothian Clarion), 2.Finlay Turner (West Lothian Clarion), 3.Ross Chisholm (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 10 Boys: 1.Gregor Robb (Clydesdale Colts), 2.Andrew Turner (West Lothian Clarion), 3.James 
Dunlop (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 10 Girls: 1.Abbie Mason (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 12 Boys: 1.Alex Ball (West 
Lothian Clarion), 2.Chris Hordon (West Lothian Clarion), 3.Andrew Oxley (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 12 Girls: 1.Rhona Samphire (Wallace Warriors), 2.Eilidh McFadden (West Lothian Clarion), 3.Alison Bryce (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 14 Boys: 1.Cameron Mason (West Lothian Clarion)

Under 16 Boys: 1.Jamie Mason (West Lothian Clarion)