Silas Golsdworthy put the disappointment of not being part of the Scottish Commonwealth Games team firmly behind him by taking victory in the country’s 50 Mile Time Trial Championship today with a stunning 1:43:48, the second fastest 50 miles ever ridden in Scotland and only 45 seconds off Graeme Obree’s 21 year old record.
Goldsworthy’s Sandy Wallace Cycles teammate Alan Thomson took the silver medal with 1:47:09, and of course the club took the team prize too – veteran Steve Beech providing the important third counting time of 2:02:25.
10 and 25 Mile Champion Iain Grant (Dooley’s Cycles) was on the start sheet but we didn’t get to see him at our vantage point around 12 miles into the course – he’d punctured before that point and called it a day.
Other riders we had down to put the watch on today either didn’t start (Kyle Gordon and Steve Nutley of Sandy Wallace Cycles, Paisley Velo’s Chris Smart) or didn’t complete the course (Peter Murdoch, Paisley Velo).
Unusually, the Ladies’ gold medal was shared, Lynsey Curran (Dooley’s Cycles) and Gala CC’s Andrea Pogson both completing the two circuits of the three-legged 25 mile course in 2:02:45.
Bronze medallist Toni McIntosh (2:03:48) together with fifth-placed Lynne Wardrop (2:06:46) took the team prize.