Linlithgow Clarion kid wins gold medal

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young cyclists have been celebrating medal success ahead of the London Olympics after one of their team scored gold.

West Lothian Clarion Kids Club rider Sam Chisholm from Linlithgow triumphed in the under-eight section of the Scottish Mountain Bike Championships at Aberfoyle on Sunday, June 3.

Around 20 competitors had to negotiate five laps of a tricky circuit, with a long climb followed by a technical descent. Following a tight start, Sam’s experience and strength showed and he went on to win comfortably by half a lap.

Presented with a medal and prizes after the event, Sam said: “I was really pleased with myself for winning. I wanted to give the race a go, but really didn’t expect to be the fastest in my age group”.

Club coach Mark Ewing said: “Although only eight, Sam sets a great example to all of the other kids in the club.

‘‘He wants to learn, listens to the coaches and, more than anything else, is just desperate to get out on his bike and improve.”

But Sam, who lives in Highfield Crescent and is in P3 at Linlithgow Bridge, is not sure whether he wants to commit to mountain bike racing just yet adding: “I still prefer road biking – Mark Cavendish is my favourite cyclist!”

Club president David Mason said: “Everyone in the club is delighted for Sam and we hope that it will persuade more kids to get on their bikes!”

*Cameron Mason, also a member of the Kids Club, finished a very respectable second in the under-12s race at Aberfoyle.

In what was a tough fight, Cameron (11), a P7 pupils, at Linlithgow Bridge, only missed out by a bike length.

Cameron, a P7 pupil at Linlithgow Bridge, said: “It was a challenging course. I think an extra lap would have allowed me to catch up with the leader.’’