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Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014 – Iain Grant Confirms his Status

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On a typical four seasons in one day Scottish spring morning on the fast dual carriageways of the Irvine by-pass, Dooleys’ Iain Grant reminded us all why he’s Scotland’s short distance king with a stunning 19 minutes and 40 seconds ride to relegate his team mate and former ’10’ champion, Arthur Doyle into the silver medal position, 15 seconds back and reigning champion Ben Peacock (Paisley Velo) into bronze with 19:59.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Iain Grant took the Scottish 10 Mile TT Championship and led the Dooleys Cycles Team to a new Scottish Team Record. Photo©Martin Williamson
Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Arthur Doyle, second place at 15 seconds. Photo©Martin Williamson
Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Ben Peacock on the podium in third spot. Photo©Martin Williamson

It ain’t scenic down on the Irvine by-pass, especially in the drizzle of a grey Sunday morning parked up in a lay-by adjacent to the local cowp.

But fixed distance time trials aren’t meant to be bonnie – they’re meant to be fast.

And the Irvine by-pass is all of that; a quiet start, drop off the roundabout ramp on to the dual carriageway, south to the roundabout turn at the paper mill then back to finish just before the start interchange.

The ladies were first off – and that lady from Aberdeen must have been reading about testers back in the 70’s when all the top boys ‘white lined’ to get the best drag off the traffic.

It does help – if you survive.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Lynne Wardrop, 6th fastest. Photo©Martin Williamson

On purely visual Lyne Wardrop of Ayr Roads was fastest early on; neat and tidy with the power going down as it should – but Lucy Coldwell (Pasta Montegrappa) was moving quicker in our book, and indeed ended up fastest with 22:30.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Lucy Coldwell is the new Scottish Women’s Champion. Photo©Martin Williamson
Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Anda-Jay Burgess ended the day in third place with 23’10”. Photo©Martin Williamson

By the time last lady and race favourite Anda-Jay Burgess (Rock & Road Cycles) whistled south in her black skinsuit the breeze was lifting and it was ‘no warm’ as we say in Fife.

But favourite or not, we had her 27 seconds down on Lynsey Curran (Dooleys).

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Lynsey Curran finished in silver medal position with 22’47” and led the Dooleys Cycles team to the women’s team prize. Photo©Martin Williamson

Of the Youths, Sandy Wallace’s Stuart Turvey looked and was the quickest, with 23’59”.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Fastest Youth, Stuart Turvey. Photo©Martin Williamson

In the Junior competition, Angus Claxton (Moray Firth CC) took gold with a 22’06”.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
First Junior, Moray Firth’s Angus Claxton. Photo©Martin Williamson

First senior to pass was Alastair McGibbon (Ayr Roads) off number two and looking not too shabby having caught and dropped first man off, vet and former Scottish Hill Climb and 12 hour Champion Albert McLennan (Glasgow Couriers) – his shoulders as square as ever.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Alastair McGibbon. Photo©Martin Williamson
Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Albert McLellan. Photo©Martin Williamson

We put the watch on Dooley’s Sean Gray off five, rolled up in a ball and getting a big one round.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Sean Gray. Photo©Martin Williamson

Right behind him was Kenny Armstrong (Ayr Roads) – we had our eye off the watch but he may have been a wee bit up on Gray – quite possible with a personal of 20:24.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Kenny Armstrong. Photo©Martin Williamson

A fine drizzle arrived to brighten things up even more as Paul McLafferty off 20 (Glasgow Ivy) zoomed south.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Paul McLafferty. Photo©Martin Williamson

But where’s the famous Ivy maglia rosa? – we made him 10 seconds up on Gray.

Ayr’s Mick Robb off 35 was close to Gray’s mark and riding a BiG gear north; the cold drift having died to give still but far from warm conditions.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Michael Robb. Photo©Martin Williamson

Davie Millar (Glasgow Couriers) what can you say?

He was a vet when I raced in the late 70’s and here he is, within 30 seconds of a strongman like Sean Gray, six miles into the race – respect.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Davie Millar. Photo©Martin Williamson

Nick Tryon (Dooleys) was our next bench mark – he didn’t disappoint, flat back, big geared and with the disc and tyres making the right noises – 50 seconds up on Gray with a new race beginning.

Tryon would finish sixth on 20:20, one of the best rides of the day when the course was at it’s coldest and dourest with a chilly run home in contrast to the mild drift taking the top seeds home.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Nick Tryon. Photo©Martin Williamson

Gavin Shirley was looking good for Dooleys, but down on Tryon.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Gavin Shirley. Photo©Martin Williamson

Dooleys were already looking solid for the team as no. 70 Thomas Gordon shaved Gray’s time for them but he was also down on the flying Tryon.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Thomas Gordon. Photo©Martin Williamson

Johnstone’s Alan Holmes looked good to us although we didn’t get a watch on him – 20:44 at the finish for eighth spot.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Alan Holmes. Photo©Martin Williamson

Gerry McGarrity (Paisley Velo) looked the part off 80 was around the Gray mark but not in the Tryon park.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Gerry McGarrity. Photo©Martin Williamson

Peter Ettles (Sandy Wallace) was on gears today, but not a bad course at all for a fixed wheel.

The sun began to shine for Mr. Ettles as he took 12 seconds off Gray’s time and the drift began to come from the south to blow him home.

Scottish 10 Mile Time Trial Championships 2014
Peter Ettles. Photo©Martin Williamson

Norman Skene (Velocity) was another forsaking fixed