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Forres Cycling Club stage Alan Bell Memorial 10-mile time trial in tribute to former member


By Craig Christie

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SATURDAY saw the staging of the Alan Bell Memorial TT organised by Forres Cycling Club.

Angela Bell presents the trophy to Sam Glover.
Angela Bell presents the trophy to Sam Glover.

The 10-mile time trial has been held for many years as a tribute to a long serving club stalwart.

Alan Bell was a Forres CC member for all his adult life and took part in time trials, road races, Highland Games grass track and touring events.

He also helped with the organising of local events and gave great encouragement to new and less talented riders.

Saturday's competition drew an entry from a good mix of abilities, old, young, male and female.

The weather was dry with sunny spells but the wind made the return half tough for the riders.

Winner on the day was Mark Dryburgh posting a time of 22 minutes, 28 seconds over the route.

Local cyclist Lewis Dey, cycling in the colours of RT23 was first male junior in third place overall in a time of 23.02.

Lewis Dey was first male junior
Lewis Dey was first male junior

Forres Cycling Club's Gillies Grant was first youth cyclist home in 26.41.

Gillies Grant wins first youth at the Alan Bell Memorial TT.
Gillies Grant wins first youth at the Alan Bell Memorial TT.

Charlene Hamilton was the first female rider to the finish line in 25.57.

The winner of the Alan Bell Memorial Trophy was Sam Glover who finished fourth in a time of 23.03.

Forres Cycling riders posted good times with Kevin Belton (24.05), Neil Cowie (24.21), Stephen Sharpe (24.23) and George Grant (31.17) racing well..



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