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Races promoted by Forres Cycling Club attract cyclists from across Scotland


By Jonathan Clark

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A PAIR of races promoted by Forres Cycling Club attracted cyclists from all over Scotland.

On the morning of Saturday, April 23, a 10-mile time trial for club stalwarts Bill and Chrissie Stuart was held on the road between Kinloss and College of Roseisle.

In the afternoon a 17-mile hilly time trial was held around the roads of Rafford, Edinvale and Pluscarden.

Calum Gibb (Deeside Thistle CC) was the overall winner of the Bill and Chrissie Stuart Memorial, coming home in a time of 21 minutes and 9 seconds.

Peter Robertson of Forres CC presenting the Bill and Chrissie Stuart Memorial Trophy to Calum Gibb.
Peter Robertson of Forres CC presenting the Bill and Chrissie Stuart Memorial Trophy to Calum Gibb.

The winner of first female was triathlete Debbie Greig (Club Speedhub Race Team) with a time of 24 mins 28 secs.

Peter Robertson of Forres CC presenting Debbie Greig a prize for the first female in the 10-mile TT.
Peter Robertson of Forres CC presenting Debbie Greig a prize for the first female in the 10-mile TT.

The fastest local rider and first junior, with an impressive early season time of 23 mins 40 secs, was Forres youngster Lewis Dey (Club RT23).

Other Forres Cycling Club riders competing were Stephen Sharpe (24 mins 46 secs); Kevin Belton (25 mins 51 secs); Kenny Dey (26 mins 36 secs); Gillies Grant (26 mins 50 secs) and George Grant (29 mins 41 secs).

In the afternoon's hilly time trial, Alan Smith (Ythan CC) was named the overall winner with a lightning fast time of 40 minutes 44 seconds, which is only seconds from beating the course record.

Calum Gibb (Deeside Thistle CC) pushed him all the way, finishing a close second in 40 mins 59 secs.

Calum’s great times in both races earned him the coveted Lachie Dunbar Memorial Trophy presented to the fastest rider over the two events.

Alan Smith (Ythan CC) winner if the Edinvale Hilly TT and Calum Gibb (Deeside Thistle CC) winner of the Lachie Dunbar Memorial Trophy.
Alan Smith (Ythan CC) winner if the Edinvale Hilly TT and Calum Gibb (Deeside Thistle CC) winner of the Lachie Dunbar Memorial Trophy.

Other prize winners in the race were Elgin Cyling Club riders Sandy Bond (47 mins 20 secs) and Jamie Riddoch (47 mins 33 secs), who were first and second respectively in Group B.

Debbie Greig featured in the prizes again winning Group C with 48 mins 12 secs, with Fergus Shaw (Velo Club Cerno) coming in second place in 53 mins 2 secs.

Lynne Cordiner (Moray Firth CC) won Group D with 52 mins 14 secs with Forres youth rider Gillies Grant coming second, completing the course in 52 mins 42 secs.

Youngster Ava Luce (Forres CC) won the prize for first female riding a road bike with 56 mins 57 secs with her father Gareth getting around in 50 mins 35 secs.

Kevin Belton (Forres CC) was a double winner, taking the prize for first male riding a road bike in both races, his hilly time was 47 mins 58 secs.

Other local riders taking on the hilly challenge were Lewis Dey, who finished in 45 mins 9 secs, Callum Craib, who took 57 mins 2 secs and Kenny Craib who took 63 mins 17 secs.



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