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Golspie rider is Scottish Cyclocross Champion.

After missing the last cyclocross season due to injury, Golspie cyclist Iain Paton stormed back to win the Scottish Cyclocross Championships at Knockburn Loch in Banchory on Sunday.  After an initial poor start Iain, riding for Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique, worked up the field to join a strong group which had broken away early in the race. By cyclocross standards, the course was fairly technical, with some steep climbs, and muddy off-camber hairpins. The mountain biker used these to his advantage to power into the lead   and after an hour of racing he finished 37 seconds ahead of David Duggan from Inverurie and 1 minute 15 seconds ahead of Perth’s Mark MacGuire, riding for Wheelbase Altura MGD

Iain commented “Cyclocross in Scotland is booming at the moment and it’s great to be a part of it and to have taken the Scottish title in such a competitive field”

(Photo courtesy of The Press Room)

Cyclocross has grown enormously in popularity over the last couple of years with Scottish national series races typically attracting around 600 riders over the various categories. A North Series has been established for 2017, the first race of which took place at Burnside on the Black Isle and the second scheduled for the Black Isle Showground at Muir of Ord on 10 December.   East Sutherland Wheelers will be well represented  at the event and the club will host two races as part of the series on 27 January at Dunrobin and 28 January at Brora.   Wheelers’ Chairman Alan Cockburn from Brora said that the Dunrobin event was now well established and that having a second venue will result in a great weekend of racing.  Riders from the south of Scotland had already indicated their intention to travel north for the weekend and he urged any local riders wishing to give it a go to get in touch.  Cyclocross is raced on a largely off-road circuit of 2 to 3km for a fixed duration (usually 40 minutes to 1hour) and riders can use a dedicated cyclocross bike or a mountain bike.