Saturday, June 22, 2024

Tour de Trossachs 2014 – Golds for Chris Smart and Lynsey Curran

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Paisley Velo’s Chris Smart joined the likes of Ian Steel, Billy Bilsland, Graeme Obree and Jason MacIntyre on the Tour de Trossachs roll of honour with a fine 1:08:10 winning ride on a cool, grey morning which favoured the strong men.

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Chris Smart. Photo©Martin Williamson

Last year’s winner, Silas Goldsworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) was second with 1:09:29 and fast pedalling David Griffiths (Glasgow Wheelers) third in 1:09:47.

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Silas Goldsworthy. Photo©Martin Williamson
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David Griffiths. Photo©Martin Williamson

VeloVeritas drove the whole course and snapped about every rider…

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Nearly at the ‘top o’ the Dukes’. Photo©Martin Williamson

The top of ‘The Dukes’ 10:35 am and the early starters pech their way up on a cool, grey Trossachs morning past the ferns and heather.

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Allan Duncan. Photo©Martin Williamson

Number 10, Alan Duncan and number 20 Barry Wilson look to be best ‘on it’ – no club names on the start sheet, sorry.

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Barry Wilson. Photo©Martin Williamson

Ross Cunningham of the Glasgow Green CC revs past in a wee gear; he’s caught his anonymous minute man so must be going not too bad – and his three minute man Martin Kane.

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Ross Cunningham. Photo©Martin Williamson

It’s getting chilly up here, time to move, descent shots, just for a change …

There’s a wee bit of a head wind coming and going off the summit and the views north are amazing – but on wet tar the riders will be paying attention to the next bend, not the vistas.

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Elizabeth Henry. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Katherine Wren. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Christine McLean. Photo©Martin Williamson

The four girls in the race whistle past, we make Lynsey Curran fastest as the wind gets chillier.

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Lynsey Curran. Photo©Martin Williamson

‘Not in the race’ the man in black tells us – he’s actually descending faster, one handed, than most of the riders …

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He’s not racing, but could’ve fooled us. Photo©Martin Williamson

Loch Achray Hotel; there’s a hill path here to Kinlochard and Ben Venue, that’d be nice for the mountain bike.

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We fancy coming back here with the MTB’s. Photo©Ed Hood

There’s a bit of rain blowing through now as the traffic builds a little and the veterans and ladies in the field give way to seniors and the rumble of discs, competing with the splashing of the stream gurgling down to Loch Venachar and the ‘caw’ of the crows upset about their Sunday morning peace being broken.

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Here’s to a mild winter and no road closures. Photo©Ed Hood
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Andy Matheson. Photo©Martin Williamson

Evergreen Andy Matheson (Musselburgh) looks the part off # 63 with # 67 Ruari Grant (thebicycleworks.com) breathing down the neck of # 66 Walter Hamilton (ERC).

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Ruari Grant. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Walter Hamilton. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Allan Mill. Photo©Martin Williamson

Brig o’ Turk and the Tea Room looks tempting – but there’s a race to cover so no scones just yet.

The rain hasn’t come to anything but the roads are damp albeit the air isn’t as chill as it was on The Dukes.

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These lads didn’t quite see the uniqueness of the Tour de Trossachs. Photo©Ed Hood

It’s a weird place for a time trial!‘ says the one leisure cyclist to the other as they head into the tea room.

Those sportiv boys …

The sign as you enter Brig o’ Turk says ‘Failte‘ – Gaelic for ‘welcome’ which seems a wee contradicted by the fearsome wild boar’s head right beside the greeting.

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Brig O’Turk. Photo©Ed Hood

Number 81 David Griffiths (Glasgow Wheelers) has good cadence as he spins up past the tea rooms; one of the first seeds to appear – his ride would be good enough for third spot on the podium.

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David Griffiths. Photo©Martin Williamson

The top of the ‘Wee Braes’ and it’s milder but there’s a stiff head breeze as the sun tries to break through.

It’s ‘big hitter’ time and Carlos Riise (Shetland Wheelers) has almost caught Gavin Shirley (Dooleys Cycles) for two minutes but Graeme Cockburn (Nightingale) is up on both of them and looking very tidy.

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Carlos Riise. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Gavin Shirley. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Graeme Cockburn. Photo©Martin Williamson

Eventual sixth with 1:11:22, Paisley’s Jamie Kennedy is next and on a par with Cockburn; then it’s Alan Thomson (Sandy Wallace) – who would finish fourth with 1:10:33 – followed by another Paisley man and eventual winner, Chris Smart.

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Jamie