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Breezy conditions make for tough Caithness cycle time trials

By John Davidson

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The Festival of Cycling is on this weekend.
The Festival of Cycling is on this weekend.

Cyclists had to contend with breezy conditions as two Caithness club’s hosted their regular competitive summer rides.

Caithness Cycling Club’s weekly 10-mile time trial saw only three riders facing timekeeper John Falconer, and all were well down on their best this season on a cool evening.

Angus MacKay had the fastest time, just 16 seconds ahead of Roger Broughton, and took the maximum six points in the Handicap League.

This is still led by Alistair Miller (35 points) from Roger Broughton (30) and Martine Hughes (26).

Times: 1 Angus MacKay, 28min 43sec; 2 Roger Broughton, 28.59; 3 Martine Hughes, 36.46.

This weekend the club holds its annual Festival of Cycling, supported by Sinclair Bay Subsea. There are three time trials over the two days and entries from as far afield as Glasgow.

Event one on Saturday afternoon is the Mack Mowat “25”, held in memory of that stalwart of Caithness cycling and the first life president of the club.

The second event on Sunday morning is the Caithness “10” and this is followed by the Scrabster Hill Climb.

Meanwhile, members of Wick Wheelers cycling club were tested last Thursday when another breezy night faced competitors with a south-easterly wind helping on outward leg but making the return much more difficult.

George Ewing, in his first outing of the season, rode well to just pip Charlie Mackay and James Munro on the night. Derek Fraser was third and Caithness CC rider Alistair Miller was second but Danny Miller was still well ahead of the field.

Results: 1 Danny Miller, 24.25; 2 Alistair Miller, 26.33; 3 Derek Fraser, 27.11; 4 George Ewing, 29.07; 5 James Munro, 29.16; 6 Charlie Mackay, 29.17; 7 Lisa Coghill, 31.38.

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