Youngsters pedal power progress

West Lothian Clarion riders returned from a thrilling cycle race in Edinburgh on Sunday with two podium places.

Six members from the club raced in the children’s cyclocross races organised by Edinburgh Cycling Club.

Over 60 riders from across Scotland took part with Linlithgow Bridge’s Sam Chisholm coming second in the under-eights and Jamie Mason third in the under 14s.

Jamie Mason rode well on to leave his pursuers behind.

Cyclo cross is an off-road race on mixed terrain including grass, single track and tarmac.

Depending on the terrain riders will carry, cycle or run with their bikes to get up steep hills and over obstacles.

Alex Ball rode consistently in the under 10s to finish sixth. A slide on the penultimate lap meant he lost contact with the leaders but he chased hard to close the gap before the line.

It was six year old Finlay Gilmour’s first race and he used the event to gain experience.

In the under 12s race Cameron Mason kept up with the older riders and performed well, just losing out to the bigger riders on the last lap.

Ryan Ewing also rode the under 12s event and completed the race in good time!

Club coach, Mark Ewing, Said “It was great to see a good turn-out from members. We’ve been focussing on cyclo-cross skills and it certainly paid off.”

West Lothian Clarion’s kids’ club restarts at 9am tomorrow (Saturday) at Linithgow Leisure Centre. Children from ages 6-15 are welcome for a free try-out session.

Coach Matthew Ball said: “We coach the kids from basic to advanced cycling skills depending on ability.

‘‘We normally finish with a handicapped or relay race so even six year olds get a chance of winning! The emphasis is on having a good time and learning new skills.

“Many simply like the opportunity to ride their bikes in a safe traffic free environment with their pals.”

West Lothian Clarion launched a youth club last year with nearly 50 children joining up.

The club is part of the British Cycling youth cycling initiative called Go-Ride and has four level two coaches with two more in training.

To find out more visit www.westlothian