From the Daily Record 9th April 2017
West Lothian Clarion riders took part in the first round of the Scottish Mountain Bike
Cyclists from across West Lothian sped to the top 10 in a series of mountain bike races.
Some 23 riders from West Lothian Clarion took part in the first round of the Scottish Mountain Bike series at the Commonwealth trails in Glasgow.
Finn Mason (11) bagged the club’s best result, narrowly coming second in an exciting three-way uphill sprint in the under 12 boys’ race. In the same age category, Katie Galloway came fourth in the girls’ race.
Finn said “I really like the course because it tested your technical skills and your fitness.”
Andrew Turner rode strongly in the Under 14s, flowing round the technical course with style and sprinting to fourth place. Sam Chisholm also put in a good performance in his first event on the adult course.
The under 16s race was a lung buster; Alex Ball (15) took 10th place having raced for 1 hour 20 minutes. Another first timer, George Freeman, came twelfth.
Seven of the club’s ‘pocket rockets’ also had the chance to tackle an under 10s course and in the veterans’ race, experienced mountain biker David Mason and Ailsa Curtis tackled drop offs and ro ugh terrain, coming 7th and 4th respectively.
Davie Ogilvie, the club’s lead MTB coach, said he was very happy with the day of racing.
“we’ve been working towards the new MTB season over the last five weeks using the excellent trails at Beecraigs to hone our skills.
“I’m chuffed to see a big improvement year on year and to see such a good turnout.”
The club’s riders turn to road racing shorlty with the second round of the Scottish Circuit Race Series at Stirling University.