New cycling season gets underway

The Scottish cycling road season started under blue skies and in spring warmth when the Dick Londragon Road Race took place y at Finzean on Sunday.

More than 60 of Scotland’s best cyclists lined up on Deeside, including professional riders Evan Oliphant(Team Raleigh) and James McCallum (NFTO) both starting a pivotal season as they head towards Glasgow 2014.

Ythan had fielded first year junior Jordan Stronach and first year veteran Malcolm Grant and both riders faced a daunting task given the quality field that had gathered to contest the 65-mile event.

A brisk westerly wind was always going to play a part along with the testing course that took in Strachan and the lower slopes of Cairn O’Mount.

Several early attacks came to nothing although they distanced Ythan’s Grant on the first lap and the eight laps gradually wore the bunch down including Ythan junior Jordan Stronach who held on until just after halfway before losing contact.

With a testing final climb from Finzean to the Memorial summit the finish saw Philip Trodden (Rigmar Racers) beat Silas Goldworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) and Finlay Young (Rigmar Racers).

Newmachar’s Veli Matti Raikonnen (Granite City RT) took the Dick Londragon Trophy as the first rider from the North-east whilst Stronach put in a brave solo effort and completed the 65 miles to finish in 61st place.

This weekend sees the first time trial of the season at Echt with a number of Ythan riders having entered the 18-mile test around the Midmar and Linton course.

Results:

1st Philip Trodden The Rigmar Racers; 2nd Silas Goldsworthy Sandy Wallace Cycles; 3rd Finlay Young The Rigmar Racers; 4th Dave Lines Starley Primal Pro Cycling; 5th Andrew Whitehall Glasgow Wheelers; 6th Sean Noon ERC (1st Junior); 7th Ryan Fenwick The Rigmar Racers; 8th Tom Arnstien Sandy Wallave; 9th Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh; 10th Bradley Stokes Pedal Power; 11th Veli-Matti Raikkonen Granite City RT. DL Trophy Winner; 61st Jordan Stronach Ythan CC