Lawley breaks the time barrier at Kingscavil

Kingscavil Hill Climb.
Kingscavil Hill Climb.
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A blistering sub two-minute ride from Steven Lawley capped a day of shattered records at the annual Kingscavil cycle hillclimb.

The warm sunshine brought the best out of a big field as riders hauled mind and body up the 900-metre course near Linlithgow.

Reigning men’s senior champion and pro rider Steven Lawley kept his crown by knocking 11 seconds off his previous course record. Lawley was modest about the scale of victory, claiming that every year “the hill feels like it’s getting steeper.”

Second placed David Griffiths, Glasgow Wheelers, was five seconds behind Lawley’s 1 minute 59 seconds winning mark. In third place was Jack Taylor, Dumfries CC, at 2.11. Fourth-placed John Glass of West Lothian Clarion set a club record time of 2.14.

Jennifer Taylor continued the record breaking by slicing 13 seconds off the course best mark she set last year in the women’s category.

The Equipe Velo Ecosse Montpellier rider continued her outstanding form in this competition by crossing the line in 2.39.

Closest behind her in the women’s category was Peggy Series, Edinburgh Road Club, at 3.08, followed closely by Charlotte Allan, Ronde Bike, with a time of 3.10.

Fraser Martin, Perth United CC, set a scorching mark in the junior men’s category to win in 2.12. Brandon Sommerville, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, was second at 2.32.

The veteran women’s competition was a battle of the Chisholms, with Anne Chisholm, Perth United CC, winning out at 3.23.

West Lothian Clarion rider Diane Clayton-Chisholm placed second at 3.28. Patricia Kenny, also West Lothian Clarion, was third at 3.41.

Alan Dobbie, Ronde Bike, stamped his mark on the veteran men’s class with a top time of 2.11.

Local rider Matthew Ball, West Lothian Clarion, posted a strong result to come second at 2.21. Gordon Chisholm, Perth United CC, was third with a time of 2.26.