Bumper turn-out for Clarion cyclocross

All roads led to Linlithgow on Saturday as an amazing 131 riders from across Scotland travelled to the Royal Burgh for an afternoon of serious racing at the Clarion Youth Cyclocross.

Now in its second year, the event attracted entries from some of the country’s top riders, with a healthy contingent of Clarion riders determined to showcase their skills to a home crowd which included pro rider and British Cycling talent coach for Scotland, Ben Greenwood.

eEst Lothian Clarion Youth Cyclocross

eEst Lothian Clarion Youth Cyclocross

Despite the weather, the organisers met on Saturday morning to set out three challenging courses.

Race organiser and Clarion youth coach Simon Fagan said: “It was a fantastic event – better than we thought possible.

‘‘To have over 130 riders from across Scotland coming to Linlithgow is just great and a real example of how far we as a club have come in a very short period of time.

Club president David Mason said: “As well as hosting a great day’s racing, we managed to raise around £750 for club funds, which will pay for the training of another two coaches.

‘‘As well as all the parents, riders and volunteers, we would like to particularly thank West Lothian Council and Linlithgow Leisure Centre as, without their support, this event could not have taken place.

“We look forward to organising an even bigger and better youth cyclocross next year!”