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Kyle Beattie takes the Scottish Hill Climb Championship 2019

There is a ‘BUT’ however ...

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On a dry morning with little wind and a temperature which varied from mild to chilly depending on how the clouds whirled into the Lomond Hills, 23 year-old Kyle Beattie (Cairngorm CC) took the Scottish Hill Climb Championship 2019 north with a 7 minutes 43 seconds ride; a margin of 12 seconds over Fife rider Robin Downie (Team Andrew Allan Architecture) who put a single second into bronze medalist, Tom Merry (Edinburgh University).

Kyle Beattie
The Scottish Hill Climb Championship 2019 podium. Photo©Ed Hood

There is a ‘BUT’ however…

The fastest ascent of the East Lomond, aka ‘Falkland Hill’ on the morning was not achieved by Beattie but by Youth A rider, Murray Lawson (East Kilbride RC) who was some eight seconds faster than MTB-er Beattie, with a 7:35 ride which is also a record for this version of the climb – back in ‘my day’ the climb was longer, carrying on beyond the current car park finish.  

Kyle Beattie
Murray Lawson. Photo©Ed Hood

However, because the youth event was not part of the championship he is NOT the champion.

Take it up with Scottish Cycling folks – we’re just the messengers…

But the social media outcry has already begun…

VeloVeritas took up station around three quarters of the way up the climb, it’s a much more exposed proposition now that it used to be with a lot of the old woods which sheltered the road now cleared.

Fortunately there was little breeze on the morning and the temperature wasn’t too bad for the lungs.

Veteran, Paul Maddocks (Kinross CC) was first starter but had succumbed to number two David Holgate (Hardie Bikes) by the time they reached us.

Kyle Beattie
David Holgate. Photo©Ed Hood

David Donaldson (unattached) gave us a ‘first’ – taking a large glug from his bottle just before he reached us; dehydration does creep up on you…

Kyle Beattie
David Donaldson. Photo©Ed Hood

Best Youth B rider was Jamie Thomson (Johnstone Wheelers) getting his lines right and not traveling any extra distance.

Kyle Beattie
Jamie Thomson. Photo©Ed Hood

Eventual third placed Youth A rider, Ben Johnston (Berwick Wheelers) was looking the part off number 13 but handicapped a little by having no one to chase, his minute man recording DNS.

Kyle Beattie
Ben Johnston. Photo©Ed Hood

Looking very much tidy and on top of the job was Peebles CC lady youth winner, Elena McGorum.

Elena McGorum. Photo©Ed Hood

Her Peebles club mate, Corran Carrick-Anderson was also looking the part en route second Youth A and a 7:56 which would have placed him fourth in the men’s championship.

Corran Carrick-Anderson. Photo©Ed Hood

There was just Lawson to come – and we already know about that story.

The Juniors were next up with Gregor McCarthy taking those classic Nightingale colours to third junior award.

Gregor McCarthy. Photo©Ed Hood

Hot on his heels was eventual second junior Mattiss Robertson (RT23) and right behind him, eventual best junior Jonte Willins (Peebles CC).

Mattiss Robertson. Photo©Ed Hood
Jonte Willins. Photo©Ed Hood

Peebles CC enjoyed more success with Elena’s sister, Anna McGorum taking the junior ladies award.