SuperQuaich 1 – RGCX

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Even with all the snow the pace was fast!

Messing about in the white stuff

For me this race was one of the highlights of last year, Maybe it’s the mountain biker in me but the course is brilliant. Lots of climbing and some good technical muddy single-track through the woods. Jim and the guys are Albannach did a fantastic job of a slight tweak to the course which for me was an improvement on last year.

It was also the inaugural round of the new SuperQuiach series, and if this round was anything to go by it’s going to be one hell of a competition.

The night before the race the snow came down, making it a rerun of last year’s race. Although with even more snow on the ground the conditions would be seriously sketchy.

After a thoroughly entertaining B race, we lined up for the A race and I was feeling a little nervous. It would be the first time since Beveridge Park in the autumn that I’ve raced with the seniors. Also after a few weeks off on the run up to Christmas and only training fully again since the start of Jan I didn’t really have an idea where my fitness was.

Due to the narrow start road I was about half way down the field which was a little frustrating. Once the whistle went a quick climb to the top of the hill and a left turn onto the course proper. Things were tight but everyone behaved well and there was space to pick lines and keep out of trouble.

After the single-track section which was a bit of a procession on the first lap due to the sheer numbers it opened up over the start finish straight and into the arena section.

The conditions were a test of balance and skill

The conditions were a test of balance and skill

I didn’t feel that great, and a little tired and rusty after a few weeks of the bike through December and over Christmas. And fell back a fair few places. The conditions under foot we’re sketchy and slippy and climbs that would have been achievable in ordinary conditions became unrideable due to the slippery ice and snow underfoot. Everyone’s in the same boat though so no excuses there. I still watch with a little bit of awe when the likes of Davie Lines and Stevie Jackson find grip and ride sections that I can’t get half way up.

As the race progressed it because quite a lonely affair for me, no one directly in front of me that I could see and quite a gap to the guys behind. So I plugged away and keeping myself out of trouble. I had a few hair raising moments, but managed the entire race without ending up on my arse!

Crossing the line in 42nd was an OK result especially after not really riding much of December and suffering a grim cold just after Christmas.

A week on from RGCX and I’m really struggling with motivation, ‘ve decided not to ride the Doonbank Trofee I just didn’t have the 4 hr round trip in me and the weather has been so bad I’ve not really ridden. (in fact the cross bike has not even been cleaned since last week, which, for those who know me is unheard of).

This is a good test of the mental side of riding and racing. As coach Jimmy Mac would say, winters in Scotland are all about surviving and getting through to spring when the days get lighter and the weather starts to improve. I think the next month or so is going to be a bit like that!

Results

pos start no. competitor laps total time diff best time best lap best speed
1 6 Stephen Jackson 8 1:00:39.000 07:46.561 2 17.361 km/h
2 9 Ian Dunlop 8 1:00:48.000 09.000 08:07.684 2 16.609 km/h
3 1 David Lines 8 1:01:25.000 46.000 07:51.914 4 17.164 km/h
4 5 James McCallum 8 1:02:01.000 01:22.000 08:12.104 4 16.46 km/h
5 4 Gary McCrae 8 1:02:13.000 01:34.000 08:14.885 2 16.367 km/h
6 10 Graeme Cross 8 1:02:54.000 02:15.000 08:14.317 3 16.386 km/h
7 14 Gavin McDougall 8 1:03:40.000 03:01.000 08:16.255 2 16.322 km/h
8 18 Stevie Couper 8 1:03:48.000 03:09.000 08:26.557 5 15.99 km/h
9 11 Franco Porco 8 1:04:15.000 03:36.000 08:20.471 2 16.185 km/h
10 64 John Mackenzie 8 1:04:50.000 04:11.000 08:23.500 3 16.087 km/h
11 7 Cameron Mason 8 1:05:39.000 05:00.000 07:47.426 2 17.329 km/h
12 71 Kenny Kentley 8 1:05:48.000 05:09.000 08:39.162 2 15.602 km/h
13 15 James Melville 8 1:06:14.000 05:35.000 08:45.648 3 15.41 km/h
14 41 Craig Kidd 8 1:06:34.000 05:55.000 08:36.575 2 15.68 km/h
15 96 Stuart Dun 8 1:07:03.000 06:24.000 08:34.581 2 15.741 km/h
16 26 Allan Love 8 1:07:22.000 06:43.000 08:40.232 2 15.57 km/h
17 50 Eoghan Maguire 8 1:07:40.000 07:01.000 08:43.555 2 15.471 km/h
18 59 Jason Barnes 8 1:08:00.000 07:21.000 08:58.669 3 15.037 km/h
19 31 Brian Yates 8 1:08:15.000 07:36.000 08:51.749 3 15.233 km/h
20 85 Paul McInally 8 1:09:03.000 08:24.000 08:59.421 2 15.016 km/h
21 42 Dave Smeaton 8 1:09:29.000 08:50.000 09:00.075 3 14.998 km/h
22 39 Colin Shearer 8 1:09:55.000 09:16.000 09:03.423 2 14.906 km/h
23 88 Scott Kerr 8 1:10:13.000 09:34.000 09:12.217 3 14.668 km/h
24 78 Marcus Peabody 8 1:11:31.000 10:52.000 09:03.813 2 14.895 km/h
25 76 Malcolm Dunlop 7 1:00:40.000 1 lap 09:13.634 4 14.631 km/h
26 25 Alistair Dow 7 1:00:51.000 1 lap 08:46.305 2 15.39 km/h
27 29 Anne Ewing 7 1:01:01.000 1 lap 09:14.937 3 14.596 km/h
28 57 Ian MacGregor 7 1:01:29.000 1 lap 09:19.023 4 14.49 km/h
29 54 Ewan Mulhern 7 1:01:48.000 1 lap 09:20.985 2 14.439 km/h
30 53 Euan Ritchie 7 1:02:11.000 1 lap 09:26.704 5 14.293 km/h
31 72 Kevin Cannon 7 1:02:15.000 1 lap 09:24.470 4 14.35 km/h
32 16 Chris Barr 7 1:02:22.000 1 lap 08:51.700 3 15.234 km/h
33 69 Keith Froude 7 1:02:25.000 1 lap 09:33.633 7 14.121 km/h
34 79 Matthew Smith 7 1:02:30.000 1 lap 09:33.100 3 14.134 km/h
35 67 Karl Farmer 7 1:02:48.000 1 lap 09:21.074 2 14.437 km/h
36 47 Donald Bisset 7 1:02:55.000 1 lap 09:27.824 2 14.265 km/h
37 77 Malcolm Paterson 7 1:03:01.000 1 lap 08:46.874 7 15.374 km/h
38 38 Colin Sergeant 7 1:03:04.000 1 lap 09:29.467 2 14.224 km/h
39 80 Neill Kemp 7 1:03:19.000 1 lap 09:38.268 7 14.007 km/h
40 66 JP Baxter 7 1:03:23.000 1 lap 09:29.244 2 14.229 km/h
41 35 Chris Marquis 7 1:04:27.000 1 lap 09:28.490 2 14.248 km/h
42 48 Ed Vickers 7 1:04:39.000 1 lap 09:34.202 2 14.107 km/h
43 91 Simon Kenny 7 1:04:39.000 1 lap 09:44.051 2 13.869 km/h
44 75 Maddy Robinson 7 1:04:48.000 1 lap 09:45.188 5 13.842 km/h
45 56 Iain MacLeod 7 1:04:51.000 1 lap 09:40.444 3 13.955 km/h
46 94 Steve Macluskie 7 1:04:51.000 1 lap 09:44.244 2 13.864 km/h
47 73 Kevin Pugh 7 1:05:05.000 1 lap 09:54.635 4 13.622 km/h
48 52 Euan Lindsay 7 1:05:11.000 1 lap 09:29.073 2 14.234 km/h
49 23 Alex Baird 7 1:05:11.000 1 lap 09:46.620 2 13.808 km/h
50 40 Craig Hamilton 7 1:05:17.000 1 lap 09:56.275 2 13.584 km/h
51 22 Alan Maxwell 7 1:05:56.000 1 lap 09:27.967 2 14.261 km/h
52 43 David Anderson 7 1:05:56.000 1 lap 10:00.437 2 13.49 km/h
53 51 Erika Allen 7 1:06:13.000 1 lap 09:37.694 2 14.021 km/h
54 24 Alex McAllister 7 1:06:17.000 1 lap 09:42.991 2 13.894 km/h
55 37 Colin Adam 7 1:06:29.000 1 lap 09:45.935 2 13.824 km/h
56 81 Owen Philipson 7 1:06:33.000 1 lap 09:58.635 2 13.531 km/h
57 58 James Goldie 7 1:06:53.000 1 lap 09:43.848 2 13.873 km/h
58 93 Stephen Malaney 7 1:07:07.000 1 lap 09:51.381 2 13.697 km/h
59 45 David Morrison 7 1:07:11.000 1 lap 09:59.727 3 13.506 km/h
60 68 Katie Carmichael 7 1:07:17.000 1 lap 10:11.254 3 13.251 km/h
61 49 Elizabeth Adams 7 1:07:59.000 1 lap 10:13.640 5 13.2 km/h
62 63 John Fitzgerald 7 1:08:23.000 1 lap 10:19.548 7 13.074 km/h
63 33 Cameron Weir 7 1:08:41.000 1 lap 10:18.431 3 13.098 km/h
64 87 Robert Bloor 7 1:09:32.000 1 lap 09:23.798 3 14.367 km/h
65 62 John Archibald 7 1:09:34.000 1 lap 10:21.119 3 13.041 km/h
66 34 Chris Boles 6 1:00:42.000 2 laps 09:47.578 2 13.785 km/h
67 36 Christopher Johnson 6 1:01:00.000 2 laps 10:31.846 2 12.82 km/h
68 27 Andrew Bell 6 1:01:08.000 2 laps 10:22.920 2 13.003 km/h
69 65 John McComisky 6 1:01:12.000 2 laps 11:07.780 5 12.13 km/h
70 86 Paul Noble 6 1:01:25.000 2 laps 10:31.719 2 12.822 km/h
71 44 David Hamill 6 1:01:28.000 2 laps 09:47.088 2 13.797 km/h
DNF 13 Paul Carmichael 4 28:27.000 08:16.203 2 16.324 km/h
DNF 70 Keith Mailer 4 31:55.000 09:05.922 2 14.837 km/h
DNF 83 Paul Hutton 4 33:47.000 09:24.380 2 14.352 km/h
DNF 30 Brian McCutcheon 4 35:21.000 09:45.003 2 13.846 km/h
DNF 60 Jerome Finlayson 4 36:44.000 09:43.351 2 13.885 km/h
DNF 98 Tom Blankenstein 3 23:02.000 09:14.667 3 14.603 km/h
DNF 84 Paul McDonald 3 25:02.000 09:59.647 2 13.508 km/h
DNF 17 David Lindsay 1 04:25.000 0 km/h
DNF 97 Stuart Punton 1 04:55.000 0 km/h
DNF 89 Sean Quinn 1 05:09.000 0 km/h
DNF 32 Bryan Hutton 0 km/h


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