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Wheelers host cyclists from across north for hill climb


By SPP Reporter


Hill climb winners Alec Marwick, Fiona Paton and Andrew Macleod.
Hill climb winners Alec Marwick, Fiona Paton and Andrew Macleod.

Last weekend saw cyclists from across the north join local club riders for East Sutherland Wheelers’ race weekend.

The programme started with an inaugural 5.3 mile hill climb which challenged cyclists to tackle the ascent from Pitfure via Morness to the top of Knockarthur.

Winner of the event was Andrew Macleod from Caithness Cycling Club in 18m22s, with local East Sutherland Wheelers riders Fiona Paton and Alec Marwick claiming the women’s and the youth titles respectively.

Riders in the afternoon 10 mile time trial faced the additional challenge of torrential rain as Christopher Goddard of Moray Firth Cycling Club took the win over Andrew Macleod in the men’s race, Dominic Chapman of Moray Firth CC was victorious in the junior race, while the local club had a clean sweep in the women’s race with Amanda Wagstaffe, Kirsteen Cockburn and Fiona Paton taking the three winning slots.

Sunday’s racing moved to the Littleferry kart track for a full afternoon of crit racing. This featured two youth races, a Category 4 race and culminated in an exiciting elite race which saw former Commonwealth Games rider Kenny Riddle from Moray Firth Cycling Club slide out on the final corner as he set himself up for a sprint finish against junior rider Finn Crockett of Ben Wyvis CC.

The youngster took full advantage and crossed the line first, with Calum Finlayson (Moray Firth CC) in second place and Riddle taking third.



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