2014 Race Reports / Results

Revolution 46 – Lee Valley Velodrome London.

 

Grant Martin got his first taste of the revolution in the future stars event and posted the following results which put him in 7th position overall.

 

The 6 lap dash – 6th

Points Race – 10th.

Scratch Race – 8th.

25th October - British Madison Youth A Championships - London.

 

Grant Martin (Spokes RT) and Joe Nally (Hardie Bikes) – 6th.

18th – 20th October – Scottish Junior Track Championships - Glasgow.

 

Jnr Mens 3k Pursuit – Fraser Martin – Bronze.

Jnr Mens 25K Points – Fraser Martin – Silver.

Jnr Mens 1k TT – Fraser Martin – Gold.

Jnr Mens Sprint – Jack Carlin – Gold.

Jnr Mens Sprint – Ben Forsyth – Bronze.

Jnr Mens Keirin – Grant Martin – Gold

Jnr Mens Keirin – Ben Forsyth – Bronze.

Snr Mens Keirin – Jack Carlin – 4th.

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Pictures courtesy of Davie Urquhart

12th October – Scottish Hill Climbing Championships – Johnstone.

 

Lewis Grieve – 2nd.

4th October – Kingscavil Hill Climb – Kingscavil – Falkirk.


Youth A – Grant Martin 1st.

Junior – Fraser Martin – 1st and 2nd overall in the senior event.

28th September – British Cycling Track Championships.

 

Mark Stewart had a brilliant track championships with his results as follows:-

Mens Pursuit Race  – 5th.

Mens Scratch Race – 6th

Mens Points Race – 1st and now the 2014 British Champion! – Brilliant Mark

Jack Carlin also picked up a silver in the Junior Mens Sprint..well done.

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Pictures courtesy of Dawn Fry

28th September – Tour Of The Lammermuirs – East Lothian.

 

Lewis Grieve 19th  Fraser Martin 21st.

26th September – British Cycling Inter Regional Road Race Championships.

 

Youth A Grant Martin represented team Scotland who finished the event in bronze medal position.

Grant finished 20th in the boys Criterium, 19th in the street sprints and after a puncture midway through the road race finished behind the bunch in 44th position.

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Pictures courtesy of Sue Martin

21st September – Keizer Der Juniores – Belgium.

 

Stuart Balfour 84th on GC.

21st September – Fallen Leaves RR – Ballater - Aberdeenshire.

 

Calum Mitchell – 10th on GC.

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21st September 2015 – Bob Swailes Memorial Road race – Cumbria

 

Lewis Grieve 9th.  Fraser Martin 29th.

20th September – CSP Autumn Criterium – Barrowford – Lancashire.

 

Fraser Martin  - 5th. Lewis Grieve – 19th.

14th September – Jolibar Trophy - Stonehaven

 

Good ride by Lewis Grieve and Calum Mitchell in Jolibar Trophy today.
Lewis won the KOM and finished 6th with Callum just behind the chasing group. Race was won by our 2015 signing Rian Hill. Well done Rian and keep it up next year. (Report by Craig Grieve)

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     Lewis wins the KOM climb up Cairn O Mount                                                                                                                                                       Rian Hill, the eventual winner

Pictures courtesy of Denise Reikonnen.

14th September – Scottish Youth Time Trial Championships

 

Grant Martin – 2nd.

7th September – Kinross CC Ochils Road Race. - Kinross.

 

Kieran Kirk, Daniel Curran and Calum Mitchell took part in the Kinross CC Ochils road race with Calum finishing with a top 10 position.


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Pictures courtesy of Paula Stronach.

7th September – Scottish Track Championships – 20K Scratch Race (Senior and Junior)

 

Mark Stewart  - Senior Race – 1st

Fraser Martin – Junior Race – 3rd

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                                        Mark Stewart crosses the line as the 2014 champion.                                                                                 Fraser Martin racing to bronze medal position.

                                                    Picture courtesy of Blair Whiteside.                                                                                                           Picture courtesy of Davie Urquhart.

5th September – Sainsbury’s School Games.


Grant Martin earned a place in the Scottish team for the School Games at the track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Grant described the event as the "best sporting experience he has ever had." Grant’s results were as follows:-

Match Sprint – 12th  Team Sprint - 8th Madison - 5th Team Pursuit-  5th Keirin - 5th                        

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30th August – Scottish Youth Track Championships - Meadowbank Velodrome - Edinburgh.

 

Sprint – Grant Martin 2nd.

500m Time Trial – Grant Martin 2nd.

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Pictures courtesy of Kenny Steele

24th August – Junior Tour Of Wales.


Good performances all round in tour of Wales
Highlights were having 2 riders up there on GC (until the last stage when Lewis Grieve crashed out) and Stuart Balfour finishing 15th. Stuart was 7th on stage 3, Fraser Martin had a brilliant 2nd place on stage 4 and we won the team prize. Stuart and Lewis were 13th and 16th in TT taking some big scalps and Fraser spent most of stage 2 in the break. Great experience for them. (Report by Craig Grieve)


20th August  - Glasgow Green CC Evening Road Race. - Newton Mearns.

 

Calum Mitchell – 4th.

17th August – Billy Warnock Memorial Road Race – Grangemouth – Stirlingshire.

 

Mark Stewart - 21st.

Fraser Martin – 30th.

16th August – Battle Of The Braes Road Race – Callander - Stirlingshire.

 

Lewis Grieve – 7th, Stuart Balfour 22nd, Ben Forsyth 42nd.

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Stuart, Lewis, Fraser and Daniel battling with the elements!

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Pictures courtesy of Denise Raikkonen

10th August – Criterium Under The Castle – Stirling

 


Crit under the castle: was a super technical course made worse by the terrible weather conditions, the race didn’t start off well with Lewis having a nasty crash on a very dodgy part of the course but is now luckily ok! I managed to get round and finished 12th but was really feeling tired after being at Manchester all week racing and having a road race the day before but was a good race and a great course!! (Race report by Stuart Balfour)

Results of all the races as follows:- E/1/2/3 Race – Stuart Balfour 12th / Junior Race – Ben 2nd. Cat 4 Race Kieran Kirk 27th.


9th August – Pedal Power Road Race – West Calder

 

Stuart Balfour – 5th

Ben Forsyth - 9th

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Pictures courtesy of Ian Henderson.

7th August – ADCA Monument Evening Road Race - Banchory.

 

Ben Forsyth 5th

Lewis Grieve 7th.

Calum Mitchell 15th


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Pictures courtesy of Paula Stronach.

6th August – Dalton Cobbled Classic  - Lancaster .

 

No strength, no power and no legs, it was simply one of those days as Grant struggled round the Lancaster city centre circuit to finish 42nd in the 3/ 4 race.

6th August – Lancaster City Centre Criterium E/1/2 – Lancaster

 

In front of a crowd of a few thousand spectators and a few thousand pounds of prize money up for grabs, this city centre criterium went off from the gun at a furious pace with Jack Pullar of Primal Starley Racing Team continuing his Commonwealth Games form smashing the race to bits from start to finish. Fraser kept up with the leaders for the first 30 minutes but then faded to finish down the field in 27th.

5th to  7th August – Junior National Track Championships – Manchester Velodrome. (Points, Pursuit and Scratch) Race)


Report from Stuart Balfour.

Pursuit: qualifying started off well with a personal best by 2 seconds which was a 3 34. Then in the final, 7th to 8th ride off. I was leading right until the last lap when I lost out by 0.3 sec but still got a 3 35.
Scratch: was a fast race from the start when half way through, it split and looked like it was going stay but there was a big slow and with a few laps to go came down to a bunch sprint, and I came 6th in the bunch but Gabz Culleigh from RST Racing Team lapped the field so I finished 7th.
Points: was a very aggressive with constant attacks, was up there in a lot of spints scoring little and often until a group of 9 of us lapped the field, included a group of 3 who had already lapped the field. I finished 6th which was a great end to the championship.



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Pictures courtesy of Dawn Fry.

5th to  7th August – Junior National Track Championships – Manchester Velodrome. (Kilo, Kierin & Sprint)

 

Report from Jack Carlin.

Hi there, Just back from the Junior Nationals in Manchester last week where I raced the Kilo, the Keirin and the Sprint. Heading in to this week I was aiming simply to not be embarrassed at my performance as many things have impacted my training. The top of the list of impacts has to be Malawi which was a great experience and I don't regret making the decision to go, even though it meant nearly four weeks off the bike! It was a life changing, fantastic experience. To come back and then not have the chance to train in the Glasgow velodrome was a challenge as I had to travel to the "Far East" to access the "weatherdome" of Meadowbank. Luckily the weather was half decent and I managed to get a few sessions in with the help of Phil Jordan and Dave Urquhart. When it came to the first day of the kilo, I didn't even get a chance to get up on track for a spin as there was no practice time so took to the boards and did a rather disappointing 1.08 kilo, not helped by my standing start at all! This got me sixth place overall. The following day was Keirin and there were some testing situations in the final that resulted in me taking fourth place. Last and final day was the sprint in which I qualified third, and continued onwards in straight rides through to the final where I met Joe Truman. I gave it my all but Speedy Gonzalas took me by half a wheel on each ride . Took the silver medal for my journey home . Overall the week went well considering the training, however second is the first loser and hopefully with a strong, hard winter's training and one more year of junior I'll be stepping on the top step next year.

 


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Pictures courtesy of Dawn Fry.

5th August – Salt Ayre Edge Cycleworks Circuit Races E/1/2 – Lancaster.

 

1st Grant Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

2nd Thomas Gibson – unattached

3rd Fraser Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

3rd August – CDNW RR Lune / Capernwray.

 

Ben – 21st

30th July – The Wales Open Criterium – Chepstow – Monmouthshire.

 

 A large crowd turned out for this round of the Elite Circuit Race series, Grant Martin rode in the Youth A support race on a tight technical circuit with a hill climb and some fast descents. Grant finished 5th after getting stuck behind two lapped riders on the final sprint.

 

1

Oliver Postle

Bush Healthcare CRT

       

2

Peter Kibble

Sports Traider Race Team

       

3

Louis Rose-Davies

Hillingdon Slipstreamers

       

4

Etienne Georgi

Giant Cycling Club - Halo Film...

       

5

Grant Martin

Spokes Racing Team

       
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29th July – Stourport Circuit Races 2/3/4  – Stourport On Severn – Worcestershire

1st Fraser Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

2nd George Bartlett – NFTO

3rd Grant Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

27th July – Maindy Flyers Circuit Race – Cardiff.

 

Whilst the junior team were racing in Milton Keynes, Grant Martin was competing in the next round of the Youth A National Series, today there were two events, a time trial and a race. The motor racing circuit was completely pan flat which meant that a fast race was in prospect,  with an average speed of 42Km per hour, Grant finished in the main bunch with a 26th placing.

27th July – Bath Road Race – Milton Keynes.

 

A five man team from Spokes Racing Team took to the roads of Buckinghamshire to compete in the penultimate round of the Junior National Series in Stewkley. On a very warm summer's day, the race was heftily disrupted by a large crash around 5 miles in, taking out two of our boys, Lewis Grieve and Ben Forsyth, and also hospitalising another rider. Those that survived raced hard over a rolling course with the bunch splitting up inside the last two laps. Stuart Balfour obtained the highest finish with 12th, finishing in the front group where Nathan Draper of RST took the win. The other Spokes finishers, Fraser Martin and Calum Mitchell, were 19th and 33rd respectively. (Report written by Calum Mitchell)

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Calum and Stuart in action in Milton Keynes. (Pictures courtesy of Dawn Fry)

24th July – Aberdeen District Cycling Association RR – Midmar Aberdeenshire.

 

Lewis Grieve of Spokes RT wins this evening’s road race with a stronger uphill sprint  than the rest of the field. All of the Spokes RT were involved in any moves during this race. Well done to Lewis with a well deserved victory. Fraser Martin finished 7th with Calum finishing in the top 20.

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                                         Lewis crossing the line to take the win!

20th July – Gateshead College / SASMI Circuit  - Gateshead.

 

Following on from trip to North Yorkshire, on the way back to Scotland the following day, Stuart Balfour raced on the Nissan test circuit in the E/1/2/ race finishing 7th. Grant Martin also raced in the Youth A race finishing first, he also raced the 3 / 4 race but after leading on the final lap was caught and finished behind the main bunch.

19th July – National Junior Mens Road Race – Ampleforth, Yorkshire.

 

Four of the Spokes Racing Team entered the National Junior Road Race, this was a tough race with difficult terrain,wet and windy conditions and a course expected to find the British Junior Champion. Some tired legs from the Ras De Cymru meant that both Ben and Fraser retired from the race early not fully recovered. Lewis also retired early due to a crash with numerous other riders but Stuart Balfour went on to earn a creditable 8th placed finish.

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Stuart Balfour on his way to a finishing position of 8th.

16th July – Cottages 4 You Colne GP – Colne, Lancashire

 

Mark Stewart as the only current Spokes Racing Team under 23 rider took part in the Elite British Road Series with a race in the Cottages 4 You Colne Grand Prix. Mark finished 22nd behind some very well known professionals and seasoned racing cyclists.

 

Here is a link to photographs of the event taken courtesy of Guy Swarbrick


https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishcyclingphotos/14692837213

13th July – Hatherleigh Junior Road Race – Devon.

 

Back from the Belgium trip, Stuart made the long trip down to Devon to take part in the next round of the National Junior Road race series and completed the race with a 26th final placing.

9th July – 13th July – Ras De Cymru (5 day stage race) – Newport - South Wales.

 

The final positions for the team after 5 days of racing were as follows:-

Lewis Grieve 29th, Fraser Martin 40th, Daniel Curran 83rd and Ben Forsyth 89th. A great experience on how to look after yourself during a stage race and the first time the boys have entered such an event. Ben Forsyth was the youngest competitor in the race at just 16 years of age.

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6th July British National Youth Circuit Championships – Hoghill London.

 

One of the biggest races of the season turned out to be a disappointment for Grant with a 72nd finish on the 30 lap circuit at Hoghill London with stomach problems forcing him out of the race. On a brighter note, Matthius Barnet of ERC took the National winners jersey bringing it back to Scotland for the 2nd year running. A brilliant result for Matthias.

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Matthias Barnet with the National winners jersey!

6th July – Zandewoorde – Belgium

 

The final race of Stuart’s trip resulted in a 20th finish.

5th July – Desselgem – Belgium.

 

Race number 4 on Stuart’s trip rewarded him with a 3rd place finish.

3rd July – Midmar – Aberdeenshire.

 

Aberdeen Wheelers CC put on this road race and an early break which saw Lewis Grieve make a break for around 15 miles meant that both Fraser and Ben could sit comfortable in the bunch whilst the other clubs chased Lewis down. Unfortunately for Lewis, he was caught which allowed Fraser to counter attack with 2 laps of the circuit to go taking his second win of the series.

 

Fraser Martin – 1st. Lewis Greve – 13th Ben Forsyth – 14th.

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Pictures courtesy of Denise Raikkonen

3rd July – Belahouston Part – Glasgow.

 

Results as follows:_ Grant Martin Spokes RT 1st, Lewis Stewart Glasgow Riderz 2nd, Danny Mulholland Johnston Jets – 3rd.

2nd July – Dikkebus – Belgium

 

Stuart’s 3rd race on his trip to Belgium saw him pick up a 4th placing.

29th June – David Bell Road Race – Ayrshire.

 

Nearer home Lewis Grieve and Mark Stewart entered the 79 mile hilly race with Mark finishing 7th overall. A mechanical suffered during the race put paid to Lewis’s chance of  finishing in the top 20.

29th June – Berhem (VB)  - Belgium.

 

Racing the following day again Stuart picked up a 21st.

28th June  –  Kooigem – Belgium.

 

Stuart Balfour took advantage of the school holidays to take in 6 races on a trip to Belgium with his parents with a 24th position in his first race.

28th June – Battle Of Blackloch – Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

 

Spokes racing Team were represented tonight by two riders with Calum Mitchell making a comeback from injury finishing 15th and Daniel Curran, Spokes newest under 23 rider earning another point as he progresses towards a Cat 2 licence finishing 10th.

26th June – Aberdeen Wheelers Road Race – Midmar, Aberdeenshire.

 

Following on from the previous evening's road race in Edinburgh, Fraser Martin made the trip North to Midmar to compete in the Aberdeen Wheelers CC road race finishing 7th overall. The race was won by Kenny Riddle of Moray Firth Cycling Club.

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25th June – Garelton Trophy. – Longniddry.

 

A midweek road race took place on the south side of Edinburgh. Four of the Spokes team took part in the event and all of them unusually suffering from tired legs.  Ben, Stuart, Lewis and Fraser all finishing with the bunch.

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Lewis Grieve in an early four man breakaway

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22nd June – Northern Ride’s Races -  Malton, North Yorkshire.

 

A tight technical circuit around the picturesque town centre provided the venue for numerous races as part of the Malton Festival of Cycling. A warm day and a crowd of around a thousand spectators welcomed the 30 racers in the Youth A/B race. Four boys from Scotland travelled to the race on their way back from the National Series race in London and dominated the event as follows:-

 

Jo e Nally – Hardie Bikes – 1st.

Grant Martin – Spokes RT 2nd

Matthias Barnett – Edinburgh Road Club 3rd.

 

A excellent day out and thank you to Northern Bikes for putting on a great day’s racing!

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John, Matthias, Joe and Grant relax before the race

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21st June – National Youth Series Race – Hillingdon, London.

 

A field of 75 cyclists took part on a course that offered little opportunity to make any sort of break which resulted in a huge bunch sprint to the finish. Grant finished 10th overall which is his best result in a National Series event.

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21st June – Roseneath Road Race - Garelochhead

 

Great performances today in Roseneath road race. Lewis Grieve and Ben Forsyth attacked after 20 metres and got a good gap. Riders gradually bridged across until the brake got too big at 23 riders. Lewis attacked again and 3 guys got across building a gap of around 3 minutes. A learning curve for Lewis as the 3 decided they didn't want to have to out climb him on the climb to the finish so worked him over until he blew. Still held on for 4th so happy enough. 60 miles in the break so great effort. Ben rode in the chasing group most of the race which was just picked up at the bottom of the finishing climb by the 30 man bunch which also contained Daniel Curran.

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                                                                                                 Ben and Lewis in action                                                                                         Lewis picks up the 1st junior prize.

Pictures courtesy of John Grieve

15th June – Youth Criterium – Dumfries.

 

A trip down to Dumfries saw Grant pick up another win around the Crighton Campus with Joe Nally of Hardie Bikes and Matthias Barnet of Edinburgh Road Club respectively 2nd and 3rd.

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15th June – Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race – Doncaster.

 

A change of course on the morning of the race due to a road works simply added to the confusion of what was a disappointing race and event all round. Ben, Lewis, Stuart and Fraser all finishing in the bunch. On a brighter note, a great result for Sean Noon of Edinburgh Road Club who took 1st prize on the day. Well done Sean.

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Pictures courtesy of Guy Swarbrick

13th June – Aberdeen District Road Race, Event Number 3 – Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

 

A solo trip North to Bogendrip resulted in a first win of the season for Fraser Martin winning in a sprint finish from a four man breakaway. Well done Fraser!

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                          Fraser starts the break                                               Three more riders bridge to form a 90 second gap                              Fraser celebrates his first win of the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Picture courtesy of Denise Raikkonen)

6th June – Tweedlove Criterium – Peebles.

 

TweedLove is a two week festival with over 40 different events around the Tweed Valley including the first-ever visit to the UK of the Enduro World Series. As part of the two week cycling festival, a criterium was held around closed off streets within the towm centre. A full field entered the event with Spokes Racing team represented by Calum, Stuart, Lewis and Fraser. The boys finished as follows:-


Stuart 4th

Lewis 11th

Fraser 13th.

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5th June – Dunfermline City Centre Criterium – Dunfermline.


A city centre criterium around the historic town centre of Dunfermline saw a full field of 60 riders compete in this event with the Spokes trio finishing as follows:  Stuart 8th  Lewis 9th Ben 33rd

5th June – Belahouston - Glasgow

 

The West Of Scotland Cycling Association continued their race series in Glasgow tonight at Belahouston Park with over 100 youths turning up to race the various events. Spokes Grant Martin rode in the Youth A event with the result sas follows:-


1st Grant Martin - Spokes Racing Team.

2nd Stephen Dent  - Nevis Cycles Race Team.

3rd Calum Johnston - Glasgow Ryderz.

1st June - Scottish Junior Road Race Championship 2014 – Kennoway Fife.            

 

Congratulations to Struan McInnes of RST Racing Team for taking the Scottish Junior prize for 2014. Stuart Balfour of Spokes RT was runner up with Sean Noon of Edinburgh Road Club taking 3rd place. More info and pictures on the Scottish Junior RR page above.

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Video courtesy of Iain Henderson.

Sean, Struan and Stuart with their medals.

1st June National Omnium Scottish Qualifying 2nd Round. – Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow.

 

The second round of the National Omnium qualifiers took place in Glasgow with Grant coming out on top again with Jake Dobson of Newcastle Pheonix 2nd and Lewis Stewart of Glasgow Riderz taking 3rd place.

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29th May – Pearl Izumi Tour Support Race – Edinburgh Grassmarket.


On the day that it was announced that Mark Stewart made it into the Scottish Commonwealth Games team, Mark rode the senior race for Team Great Britain and was the only member of the GB team to finish, well done to Mark as he mixes it with the elite and professional riders

Lewis Grieve and Stuart Balfour continuing a rich vein of form finishing 2nd and 4th respectively in the 2/3/4 race with Fraser 11th Calum 24th and Ben 33rd. Grant Martin rode in the Youth A race and looked to have another win in the bag but unfortunately, a mechanical at the top of the cobbled climb on the last lap when his chain slipped off meant a 6th place finish.

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Stuart and Lewis collect their prizes.

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Mark riding for Team GB

20th 21st and 22nd May – International North West Youth Tour – Blackpool, Preston & Lancaster.


Grant took the trip down to the North West of England for a 3 day event which included 5 stages. Over the three days, Grant moved up and down the GC rankings with his highest position after stage 3 at 8th place, however  a disappointing race in Stage 4 (Blackpool)  meant that Grant finished 40th in GC overall. Grant also picked up more National Series points by coming 2nd in one of the primes. An eventful three days with plenty of incidents, bumps and crashes along the way.


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20 laps on Blackpool Promenade

20th  May  – Edinburgh Road Club Ingliston Criterium Results – Edinburgh.


The final race in the series of 5 took place at Ingliston on Saturday afternoon, in the First Division race, Stuart Balfour of Spokes Racing Team took 2nd place behind Jack Barratt of the Rigmar Racers in what was a two man break away. Stuart’s result in the final race meant that he just edged ahead of his team mate Lewis Grieve in the overall standings. The Spokes boys have had a really good series with three of the team finishing in the top four behind the deserved winner Kevin Barclay of Bicycleworks.


Final Series Standings:-

1st Kevin Barclay – Bicycleworks

2nd Fraser Martin – Spokes RT.

3rd Stuart Balfour – Spokes RT.

4th Lewis Grieve – Spokes RT


New (under 23 rider) Daniel Curran came 8th overall in the Cat 4 “A” Standings.

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Daniel Curran in the Cat 4 Race

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22nd May - ADCA Evening Road Race – Kemnay, Aberdeenshire.


A trip North to Aberdeenshire didn’t prove so fruitful for Lewis and Fraser who were taking part in the Aberdeen District Cycling Association’s second race in part two of the  road race series at the circuit near Kemnay. A two man breakaway won the day with Neil Scott of Dundee Thistle taking first prize ahead of Veli Matti-Raikkonen  of Granite City RT. Zak Loney of Team LFH took 3rd spot with Lewis finishing 11th and Fraser 13th.

 

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Neil Scott & Veli Matti- Raikkonen on their way to victory

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20th May  – Edinburgh Road Club Ingliston Criterium Results – Edinburgh.


A good night from the boys from Spokes with Lewis Grieve winning his first race of the season. Fraser Martin and Stuart Balfour finished 2nd and 3rd which gave the Spokes Racing Team a clean sweep of podium places. Ben Forsyth finished 20th and Grant Martin 21st.

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18th May – Loughborough University Road Race – Loughborough.


Lewis Grieve chalked up his best result of the season riding to 14th position in the latest round of the National Junior Road Race series. This is Lewis’s first top 20 result in a British National race. Stuart Balfour also finished the race for Spokes RT in a creditable 24th place. Well done boys.

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Pictures coutesy of Guy Swarbrick

17th May – Discovery Junior Youth Track Omnium – Dundee.


The first round of the National Youth Omnium Series took part today at Caird Park, Dundee with exciting racing in all age categories. Spokes rider Grant Martin came out top today accumulating 6 points from the 5 events with 4 wins and a 2nd placing.


1st Grant Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

2nd Lewis Stewart – Glasgow Ryderz.

3rd  Jake Dobson – Newcastle Pheonix

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         Lewis, Grant and Jake with their medals                           After the racing, Jake shares his 16th Birthday cake!                         Sarah, Rhona and Amber with their medals.

Johnston Jets / Stirling Bike Club / Discovery Junior CC

15th  May  – Edinburgh Road Club Ingliston Criterium Results – Edinburgh.


First Division Results:-

5th Fraser Martin

6th Lewis Grieve

17th Ben Forsyth

21st Calum Mitchell


Cat 4 A Race Results:-

4th Daniel Curran (the latest member of the Spokes Racing team)

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The boys in action at the Ingliston Showground on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

11th May West Common Road Race Lincoln


Ben, Lewis and Fraser represented the team at the 4th round of the Junior National Road Race series and it turned out to be a very successful event for the boys. Some great team work with Lewis and Ben doing their best to slow thing down at the front of the peloton meant that valuable seconds were gained which resulted in Fraser earning his first podium position with a 3rd placing out of a group of three who rode in a break for around 100Km.

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Lewis and Ben climbing "The Michaelgate" with Fraser on the podium. ( Kind permission from Guy Swarbrick to allow us to use his photographs. )

11th May – Gateshead College / SASMI Circuit Races 1.


Following on from a Regional School of Racing In Middlesborough the previous day, Grant moved on to Sunderland to take in a day of racing at the Nissan test circuit. In the Youth A race, Grant took 1st place, an hour later, he competed in the 3./4 race and finished 5th before making the journey back home to Perth.

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10th May British University and Colleges Sport Track Championships 2014 – Manchester.


Men’s Individual Pursuit results as follows:-


1

Mark Stewart

Spokes Racing Team

       

2

Tom Ward

Team Echelon - Rotor

       

3

Jack Green

VC St Raphael

       

 

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10th May – British Eagle Trophy Road Race – Humbie, East Lothian.


Spokes had two riders in the race today with Stuart Balfour finishing 7th and Calum Mitchell 11th. The race was won by Phil Trodden from the Rigmar Racers with Sean Noon of ERC taking 2nd place and Ryan Fenwick, again from Rigmar Racers picking up 3rd spot.

 

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Calum and Stuart in a sprint to the finish

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8th  May  – Edinburgh Road Club Ingliston Criterium Results – Edinburgh.


A good result for Fraser and Lewis tonight on a cold, wet and horrible night, conditions were tough in the rain and mud and the race started off a little nervously but is soon calmed down.


First Division Race Results:-

1st Kevin Barclay – The BicycleWorks.

2nd Fraser Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

3rd Mark Maguire – Perth Utd CC.

6th Lewis Grieve – Spokes Racing Team.

12th Stuart Balfour – Spokes Racing Team

17th Ben Forsyth – Spokes Racing Team

7th May – Fife Series 10 mile Time Trial  Event 5 – Freuchie.


Well done to Lewis Grieve who clocked his first ever 10 mile time trial in under 23 minutes. Results as follows:-

1st Arthur Doyle  - Dooleys Cycles. (21.13)

2nd Stephen Davidson – Perth Utd CC. (21.24)

3rd Thomas Aitchison – Leslie Bike Shop / Bikers Boutique. (22.06)

12th Lewis Grieve  - Spokes Racing Team. (22.58)

4th May  – Sleepwell Hotels Isle Of Man Junior Tour – Isle Of Man.


Hector Lancastor was the only member of the team to make the trip to the Sleepwell Hotels IOM Junior Youth Tour as he was the only rider who had a “gap out” of school exams to make the trip over. As ever a well organised and attended event. See the link below to the pictures and reports from the British Cycling website.


http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/roa20140503-road-Latest--Isle-of-Man-Junior-Tour-2014-0


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4th  May  – Caird Park Spring Track Meeting – Dundee.


Spokes Racing Team had a successful outing at the Spring Track Meeting at Caird Park, Dundee  with Jack Carlin sharing top spot with Toby Sherwood of City Of Edinburgh RC in the Sprinters Ladder and Grant Martin winning the Youth A Omnium. Results as follows:-


Sprinters League.

Jack Carlin – Spokes Racing Team

Toby Sherwood – City Of Edinburgh RC

Joshua Dunham – Team Swift


Youth A Omnium

Grant Martin – Spokes Racing Team

Danny Hedley – DJCC

Alexander MacRae – Glasgow Riderz.


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Grant holding Jack at the start of a sprint.

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Jack in action

4th May  – Kilmacolm Kermesse – Kilmacolm Renfrewshire.


A four mile ascent followed by a four mile decent making up one lap of an eight lap route proved to be a tough ask for the 54 competitors who started in today’s race. Mixed weather and crosswinds also managed to whittle the field down to only 30 riders finishing at the end.  Top 3 were:-

1 James McCallum (NFTO Pro Cycling)
2 Gary Hand (KTM Road and Trail) at 9sec
3 Scott McCrossan (Paisley Velo) at same time

All Spokes Racing Team riders finished the race today , a great ride from Stuart Balfour and Lewis Grieve saw them finish 11th and 20th respectively with Mark Stewart finishing 22nd and Fraser Martin finishing 27th

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Every one of the team looked absolutely "emptied" as they gave everything during the race.

1st May  – Edinburgh Road Club Ingliston Criterium Round 1 – Edinburgh.


First Division Race Results E/1/2/3.


1st Kevin Barclay – The BicycleWorks.

2nd Richard McDonald – Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers.

3rd Ross Crook – Edinburgh RC.

4th Stuart Balfour – Spokes Racing Team.

14th Lewis Grieve – Spokes Racing Team.

23rd Ben Forsyth – Spokes Racing Team.


Youth A Results:-


1st Grant Martin – Spokes Racing Team.

2nd Jo Nally – Hardie Bikes

3rd John MacLeod – Edinburgh RC.

 

27th April – Junior CiCLE Classic – Rutland, Leicestershire.


Four of the Spokes team took the trip down to Rutland to take part in the inaugural Junior Cicle Classic, a race which included an “off road” section known as “The Barrowberg.” There were 80 riders competing in the 58 mile race and the boys were looking forward to it, however punctures were the main order of the day with Lewis, Ben and Fraser all suffering from a flat tyre at various points during the event. Stuart Balfour skilfully navigated the course and finished with an 18th placing overall and a 3rd place for the King Of The Hills competition.


 

"Some unexpected road furniture during a training run the evening before the race."

24th April – East Kilbride Road Club – Kart Track Krits 1


It was a great night on a really technical “go cart” circuit with plenty of opportunity for right and left handed turns. I felt weak and tired from the off however I managed to go with any attacks which involved Joe Nally and Danny Mulholland. The three of us pulled away from the rest of the field. We were battling it out on the last lap to get into the second last corner first as that would put us in a good position to win the race as it was a very short final finishing straight. However, I ended up coming down but luckily only ended up with just road rash and a ruined skin suit! I walked to the finish as my bike was damaged. (Report by Grant Martin)

18th - 21st April Ras Mumhan - Ireland


Mark Stewart rode to 29th position from a field of 167 riders with an overall time over the 4 day stage race of  11.53'22" which was  7'07" behind the eventual winner. Mark riding for the Scottish Cycling team on this occassion.

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Mark Stewart riding for The Scottish Cycling Team

20th April – Frank Morgan Memorial Road Race – Liverpool.


That was a fast one!
After travelling to Liverpool for a 96km Road Race, it turned out to be more like a 96km Crit!
Each lap was around 4km and it consisted of 4 corners, and they were all right handers.
The first couple of laps were not too fast and I was starting to think that it was going to be a slow race. I was thinking that I would try and go for the early break. I sat near the front and was picking up points every lap for the points competition. My thoughts soon changed around the 4th lap when there was a prime and that was the kick start to what became an extremely fast race! There were constant attacks and the average speed kept rising. The group just kept rattling around the course for the first half flat out, and when we were 45km in I had a quick look at my Garmin to see that we had averaged nearly 44km/h. I was trying my best to stay near the front so that I didn't have to sprint so hard out of the corners. I kept putting in digs off  the front to try and get a break but nothing was sticking. The biggest gap was only about 200m with one other guy with 4 to go, and even though we were going full gas, as soon as the bunch wanted us back they turned the gas on even more and caught us in seconds. It became apparent that there was no chance of me getting off of the front. The race was just too fast for me on my junior gears to get away on such a flat circuit.
Coming onto the last lap I was sitting top 5 in the bunch and I was feeling good. I started to slip back and I was sitting on the right hand side of the bunch in around 15th when the right hand side of the road came in as there was a traffic calming narrowing of the road. As we approached it, the bunch was quite wide and everyone was sprinting flat out and I was forced to bunny hop up onto the pavement that was coming in and I lost a few more positions.
I sprinted pretty hard to get back to the front as there was about 1km to go. There was the last right hand corner with around 500m to go and we went flying into that and I was sitting around 15th again and there were people everywhere. I was looking to sprint past a lot of people before the finish but as it was a tailwind finish I was spinning out like mad and lost a few more positions before the line.
It was a good fun race as a whole and it averaged just shy of 43km/h.
I was also happy as I won £10 for coming 3rd in the points competition so it wasn't too bad and I finished in the top 20 with my team mate Hector Lancaster coming 53rd. Race report by Ben Forsyth.


The top 5 finishers were:-


1 Andrew Martin Champion Systems 2hr. 16m, 16s.
2 Kristian Zentek Team Chronomaster @ 2 Secs.
3 Giles Pidcock Chevin Cycles Com Trek (V) @ 31 Secs.
4 Jordan Rigby Team Wallis CHH st
5 Richard Haughton Hoppers Rollers st


Points
=1 Andrew Martin Champion Systems 25 points
=1 Kristian Zentek Team Chronomaster 25 points
=3 Billy Stewart Team Chronomaster 7 points
=3 Ben Forsyth Spokes Racing Team 7 points

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Ben on the far left (in blue and white) sprinting to the line.

20th April – The Drummond Trophy – Strathaven, Lanarkshire.


Report to follow from Fraser Martin.


1 David Clarke KTM road-and-trail.com 03:32:31
2 Peter Murdoch Paisley Velo Race Team st
3 Ben Hetherington Achieve-Skinnergate Racing 33
4 Dean Downing NFTO (UCI Team) 02:58
5 Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh 03:39

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Fraser in the bunch , one of only 3 juniors in the race.

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Lewis in the group behind but little did he know he would go on to become the only jumior to finish the race - great effort!

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Dean Downing leading the second group

20th April – The Humbie Hilly Time Trial – East Saltoun, Pentcaitland.


Stuart Balfour takes top spot today over the 23 mile route. Top 5 riders in today’s event were:-


1         Stuart Balfour  Spokes RT  56:48

2         Ewan Taylor     Perth United  57:25

3         Gary Robson    Gala CC  57:38

4         Alan Holmes     Johnstone Wheelers  57:52

5         Lauri Peil           Edinburgh RC  58:37

 

19th April – Wallace Warriors Criterium Round 1 – Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife.

 

This was roughly  a 1 mile circuit around the Scottish police training academy in the grounds of Tulliallan. The race started with a fair few attacks but none looked like they were going to stick. I went after about 15 minutes into the race and spent a number of laps at the front on my own until Joe Nally from Hardy Bikes Racing Team bridged the gap to work with me.  We worked so well together and spent most of the race off the front. We didn’t stop “smashing it” until the last lap where tactics started to come into play. Joe attacked me on the back straight on a slight incline and I struggled to stay with him but I didn’t give up. We came into the home straight which was about 400m long and it became a big game of” cat and mouse” with Joe on the front. I started my kick with 200m to go and managed to hold on for the win pretty comfortably. The bunch finished about 15 seconds behind with Steven Dent of Nevis Cycles coming 3rd in the sprint.

Thank you to Wallace Warriors for putting on the race in a great venue and to Brenda Gallacher for presenting me with an Easter Egg (already  eaten!) Race report from Grant Martin.


1       Grant Martin Spokes RT

2       Joe Nally Hardy's Bike Shop

3       Stephen Dent Nevis Cycles.

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A pre race joke with the commissaire

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Great ride from Joe just behind me.

13th April – Kudos Money National Youth Circuit Race 1 – Hetton Le Hole, Sunderland.


This was the first National Race of the season and I was pretty nervous as I didn’t know how good my form was going to be. There were really strong cross winds with one part of the course having very little shelter, but at least it was dry. I decided to stick with my deep section wheels.

I managed to start on the 3rd line of the race grid after pushing through the riders from the back because I went for a practice lap on the course not realising that everyone else had remained on the start line to get a good starting position. The race started with a few attacks which didn’t lead to anything at all and I was feeling really comfortable. Matthias Barnet from ERC and another rider were in one of these small attacks and I decided to bridge which I did quickly and it was at this point I knew I felt good. We got brought back pretty quickly but  I had now decided I wanted to go on a breakaway later in the race and knew if I got out of sight from the bunch I might have a chance. The sprint lap came around and I was mid bunch so I had no chance in that however I did manage to use it as a launch pad for my break. I went with 18 laps still to go which was a lot earlier than I intended however I went for it. I managed to get out of sight from the bunch pretty quickly and all I had on my mind was qualification for the school games!  I was pulled back with 11 laps to go after holding a gap of 20 seconds  and I was really struggling in the bunch after working so hard.

I kept digging deep and somehow I managed to find myself off the front again with two other people with only 4 laps to go and I knew this was my chance, however the other riders didn't want to help apart from Stephen Dent. I was screaming my head off trying to make them work but nothing came of it, however I dropped two of the others and it was left to me and Harry Hardcastle leading from the front, we got pulled back on the last lap sadly. After I did so much work attacking and working off the front, I had no energy and only managed to hold on to 20th which isn't that bad a result but could have been better. I just wanted to be like my hero Tom Boonen and blow the race up. Looking back now, I wish I could have held my nerve and saved my big attack for later but I feel I have showed people that I am strong and I'm now looking forward to my next national race at the North West Youth Tour. (Race Report From Grant Martin)

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Grant off the front with a 20 sec gap

Still off the front after 6 laps

Caught by the bunch

13th April – Nick Hardy Memorial Road Race – Monikie Angus.

Race report to follow (Hector Lancaster)

12th /13th April – Tour Of The Resevoir – Northumberland.


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Mark Stewart in action at The Tour Of The Resevoire (Pictures coutesy of Britta Barnet)

12th April – Beerst, Belgium.


I managed to get the opportunity to get over to Belgium to get some racing in. The first race was on Omloop in Beerst over 89km through small, winding, concrete roads which was very open with cross winds battering our sides. It was a typical Belgian race with constant attacks and the bunch of seventy quickly whittled down to forty due to the average speed of around 26mph. But eventually a group of seven got away in the final stages and then another on the last lap but sadly I didn’t managed to get into these moves but not for want of trying. So it came down to a sprint finish out of the bunch for me and I finished twenty first overall. (Race report by Stuart Balfour)


13th April - Beernem - Belgium

 

My second race was in Beernem over 80km, the course was very technical with lots of tight corners which caused the race to constantly be stopping and starting which is very tiring. Right from the start my legs were feeling sore from yesterday but luckily once I got into it I started to feel better. There was a break of five who got away early but just like yesterday there was constant attacks but no one could get across. Eventually the break started to whittle down to just two so I decided that was my time to try and bridge across, so I jumped off the front and took another rider with me. We first bridged over to a rider who was dangling in the middle and then we went on to bridge to the front break. This was with around 15km to go so from then on it was heads down and go all out. Two other joined us on the last lap so the break had swelled to seven. Into the final corner I decided if I wanted to win I had to go early so I jumped into the last corner but sadly the others were too aware and strong and swamped me before the line and I finished seventh. I was really pleased as it was brutal racing and good to get some experience racing abroad.  (Race report by Stuart Balfour)

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Stuart making an attack to bridge over to the lead group

12th April Dunfermline Road Race incorporating the Jack Murray Trophy – Dunfermline.


A memorable day for me but certainly not an easy one. I went into the race more prepared than I usually would've been, having reccied the route with Lewis on the Thursday and that certainly did wonders to my confidence going into it. Come race day, the rain stayed away but the wind certainly didn't. A brutal headwind coming into the latter part of each circuit made for tough racing. The beginning of the race mainly consisted of various moves going off the front and then being dragged back in. I ensured I was well place and always somewhere near the front, always trying to save what I could for the final. With around 3 laps to go, I decided to chance my arm and jumped off the front with an ERC rider, bridging the gap to the group out front fairly quickly. The move only lasted about half a lap though and the race was altogether with 2 to go. The winning move was made just before the bell which was a 3 man group including Leslie Bike Shop's Calum Foster. Calum was dropped just before the final and was reeled in by Andy Brown driving it on the front, who in trying to set up his teammate, Lewis Mulholland, gave me the perfect lead out. He pulled off the front about half way up the final climb andI took that as my queue to kick. In all honesty, I expected people to go with me but was alone with just under 10 seconds on the bunch. With 2 already off the front, I was racing for third overall but 1st junior and managed to hold off the bunch to take the Jack Murray Junior Trophy by 2 seconds. An amazing experience for me! (race report by Calum Mitchell)


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Callum with his hands on the prize, winner of the Jack Murray Junior Trophy

12th April Darley Moor Race 4 E/1/2 – Ashbourne Derbyshire.


Having the worst start to a race in my entire cycling career, this race turned out to be a pretty good one. I failed to clip into my pedal until after 300 metres. The race was a fast 35 mile criterium around the Darley Moore race circuit. Riders attacked straight from the gun with many shelled out the back of the peloton immediately. My race tactics were to ensure that I remained in the top 15 at all times. The race eventually split and I managed to stay with the front group which included two guys from Madison Genesis, five riders from Pedal Pushers, one from Champion Systems / Club Roost / Maxgear Racing Team and a rider from Velosure Giordana along with others.

There were many attacks within the group even though there was a split and again I wasn't afraid at making an attack when I thought it was necessary and I thought it would work.  I contributed to the work on the front and chased other riders who were trying to break away.

With 4 laps to go, the Velosure rider, Tommy Bustard who had won the Gifford Road Race earlier in the season, broke with one other and they were not to be seen again. A few riders tried to bridge but they were all being brought back. I realised there would be no further breakaways so I decided to wait for the final sprint. A few riders however did manage to jump the bunch and get away leaving a bunch to sprint for 6th. One of the Madison Genesis riders attacked out the final corner with 350 metres to go. I was third wheel and his kick caught me off guard so I tried to catch. I realised that if had the bunch on my wheel and if I caught him, I would have nothing for the final sprint. So I waited for the bunch to come round me. I stuck to the far left of the road so the riders had to pass me on my right. I did this as the wind was coming from the right so I would be sheltered on the left of the road. I managed to stay seated until 100 metres to go, I kicked and passed a rider with a lunge for the line winning the bunch sprint. This meant I was 8th earning me my first national points of the season. I'm happy with my result as I've learned a lot from this short race. (Race Report by Fraser Martin)

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Fraser tucked in getting some shelter in the breakaway group

10th April UCLAN Sport Criterium Race 1 E/1/2 – Preston.


It started as a trip to see about a race van and ended up into a little bit of a race hunt. I travelled down to Preston with my Dad for the race. I had never raced Preston but I heard it was a quality circuit. I was not disappointed. I raced in the E/1/2 Criterium race with the 3/4 race combined. The race was rapid averaging about 41/42kmh. I sat in the bunch and I wasn't afraid of attacking when I wanted. With 5 laps to go I attacked and I built a gap. I bridged to another lone rider and we worked together well. We worked hard so that we could try and bridge to a group of two riders up the road. Another rider joined us and worked with us. He then attacked but I managed to bring him back. We worked together well with the bunch chasing hard behind us. We got to the last lap and we only had 10 seconds on the rest of the field. I took a spell at the front on the back straight and I knew that if I pulled off then the other men in the break would play cat and mouse so I continued the rhythm. The 200m mark is just around the final bend in Preston so I knew I had to be the first into the corner. I felt the other breakaway riders start their sprint so I edged to the left of the road so that they couldn't get past me. One managed to squeeze through but the other couldn't. He beat me into the corner but I gave it a shot at out sprinting him to the line. He out sprinted me by 0.2 of a second. Nevertheless I'm happy with 7th and I've picked up my first points of the season. (Race Report by Fraser Martin)

6th – 8th April Youth Tour of Scotland – Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perthshire


I was in a composite team with Joe Nally  (Hardy Bikes)  Matthias Barnet  (ERC) and Jack Crombie (Sandy Wallace Cycles). The first race was a Criterium which was through the streets of Perth round tight corners which means lots of breaking and hard accelerations. This sort of race was what suited me and the team decided to work for me for all the intermediate sprints and the final spot. I managed to get 3rd in the first sprint, then a 1st, then a 2nd and didn’t place in the fourth sprint. For the final sprint with one and a half laps to go I was in a great position on Joe’s wheel as he was leading me out. Going round the last corner, I was pushed from the wheel of my lead out and ended slamming on the breaks to stop myself from flying into the barriers. Because of this I moved way back the bunch and had no time to move up for the sprint and only managed to get 11th. I did however manage to get the Scottish GC (Blue Jersey) after that race.

Later on that day was the Time Trial and because I got bonus seconds for the intermediate sprints earlier in the day, I was setting off 6th  from last. During the TT, I didn’t feel too bad, however my cornering wasn’t good as I didn’t think I had enough practice of the circuit. I ended with a time I really wasn’t happy with and moved down the GC.

Day 2 was upon us and with this race being a lot longer on hilly roads that are actually only 5 minutes away from my house, I was looking forward to it. I was able to cope with the pace comfortably in the bunch, however after I did an attack later on in the race, I started to struggle. I did spend most of my time sitting in the bunch, but I had very little energy for the sprint and finished 9th. There was a solo breakaway from a WD40 rider who took an impressive win.


The final day was the Kermesse around the ground in Strathallan School that included a really steep hill which we had to do 16 times and with my legs feeling so bad after the first two days, I was not looking forward to this stage. Because my team mate Joe was riding so strong and Matthias is good on the hills, it was my turn to work for them, the plan worked with Joe well placed and Matthias coming 2nd in the race and 2nd in the General Classification losing overall by only 2 seconds. (Race report by Grant Martin)

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Some pictures of the racing over the three day event which is the only closed road stage race available for Under 16's in the UK.

6th April Tour Of The Mendips  - Bristol


I had been looking forward to this race for a while as it is very well known for having a savage route, over 96km with four UCI categorised climbs and a long cross wind section at the top of the course. Sadly this year the race was shortened to a one day event due to road works on the route for the first stage but luckily the queen stage remained.

With a field of around 80 it already started to thin down after the first climb but all came back together when it slowed at the bottom and people took the opportunity to have a quick comfort break. This quickly changed when we reached the second and steepest climb of the course. The race fragmented on the climb with 3 riders going off the front and then two groups of around 10 chasing. I managed to get into the first group of 10 but there were too many people happy to sit on the group and our efforts on the front came to nothing as the group behind caught and the chase was abandoned. These groups stuck with a small group of five getting away before the final climb when the race blew apart once again, where I managed to get fourteenth. It was a good hard race and I was pleased to be in the mix at the front of the race. (Race Report by Stuart Balfour)

30th March Fat Lads Flat Chance – Fenwick East Renfrewshire.


First thing to note was that there was an obvious lacking of 'fat lads', the race was going to be a little tougher than the name suggested. The course was out a straight, slightly inclined, stretch of road into a head wind then round a roundabout and back in the same road. On the way out the pace was always slow. Back in however, it was wickedly fast due to a howling tail wind which caused all those on junior gearing to have a spinning session as well as a race! There were several attempts at a break all of varying success and after about the sixth time up the same stretch of road it seemed clear nothing was getting away, I'd tried! This didn't stop our very own Calum Mitchel from putting in the most promising break of the day which, tragically got caught in the last couple kilometres. It came down to a headwind sprint in which I placed thirteenth and Calum 31st, racing the day before had definitely put a sting in my legs! (Race Report by Hector Lancaster)

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Spot the senior Spoke's rider?

30th March 2014 – Gordon Arms Mountain Time Trial - Selkirk

A 20.5 mile time trial. Stuart Balfour 9th Mark Stewart 8th from a field of 88 - well done boys, especially after the previous days racing at Gifford.

29th March 2014 – Gifford Road Race E/1/2/3 – Gifford East Lothian.


A strong field turned out for the first Scottish series race and right from the gun splits appeared due to the harsh winds and the relentless speed. There were a few early breaks which didn't stick and by the third lap it was just one bunch until a crash in the centre of the pack caused splits everywhere leaving me and Stuart Balfour with a chase to regain contact on the worst point of the climb outside Gifford. Unfortunately the crash caught team mate Mark Stewart forcing him to retire. The lead group of 10 avoided the crash and worked well to build a gap. Our group of about 20 never got back to them but frustratingly the gap remained at under a minute for most of the race and as we entered the latter stages it was apparent we weren't catching up to them and were racing for 11th place. As we entered the final lap riders such as Gary Hand attacked off the front of our group along with Hamish Carrick who won first junior and held onto the finish. At the finish I managed 3rd in the bunch sprint securing 17th and second junior with Stuart just a couple of places behind and the race was won by Tom Bustard of the Velosure Giordana team. (Race report by Lewis Grieve)

 


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Some Spokes riders caught in an early crash

Lewis Grieve sprinting to the line

Lewis Grieve 2nd Jnr with Hamish Carrick 1st Jnr - Speg - Project 51 and Struan McInnes, 3rd Jnr  from RST Racing.

29th March 2014 – Gifford Road Race 3/4 – Gifford East Lothian.

Hector Lancaster 22nd and Calum Mitchell 24th.

23rd March 2014 – Cadence Junior Road Race – Brecon Powys.


A field of the top 100 juniors in the UK headed to Brecon in Powys to compete in the first of the National Road Race Series. A big step up from any of the previous races with James Shaw of Haribo Beacon Cycling Team, the hot favourite after his win the previous week in the Kuurne- Brussels - Kuurne Junior Road race. As it turned out, the form book was right with the Haribo Beacon Cycling team taking the top three positions. The Spokes juniors had a real mixed bag of fortune with Hector Lancaster having to retire with a mechanical within the first lap. Ben Forsyth also retired early on in the race after being ordered by team boss Craig Grieve to pull out after fears of suffering from hypothermia. Lewis, Stuart and Fraser hung with the main bunch for most of the race with only Stuart managing to hang on in the final bunch with some really gritty riding. With the objective for the day for one of the team to take a top 20 position not achieved, it left a little time for reflection. Each of the boys showed a huge strength of character and desire to compete again in next event and all the boys are now very aware of the fitness required to compete with the juniors at the top level in the UK.

 

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Stuart Balfour - Top Spokes rider on the day.

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James Shaw - The eventual winner

23rd March 2014 – Crit On The Campus – Stirling University.


With a field of over 300 riders competing in today’s event organised by Stirling Bike Club, Spokes Racing Team were represented by Kieran Kirk, Calum Mitchell and Blair Whiteside in the Category 4 events . Racing together in Race 1, Calum took a respectable 6th place earning himself some valuable points as he progresses towards his Category 3 licence. The experienced  Blair Whiteside did a great job in helping Calum through this event.

In the other Category 4 race, Kieran Kirk describing his own race said “it wasn’t good.” With many hours of training and hard work to come, I am sure that Kieran will find his “race legs” eventually.

In the Youth A race Grant Martin took his first win of the season beating Mathias Barnet of ERC in a sprint finish after the two had managed to break away from the pack.

Both boys then went on to compete as the only two Youth A racers in the E/1/2/3 event with Grant finding the energy and leg speed from somewhere to finish 14th overall in the senior event and take the first junior prize as well.

Mark Stewart, Spokes under 23 rider took  6th place adding more points to his tally which as seen Mark now reach 2nd place in the National 1st Category rankings. The top three places going to James McCallum (NFTO), Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh), David Lines (Starley Primal Pro Cycling RT)

 

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Calum on his way to 6th place in the Cat 4 race.

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Mark Stewart with Grant on his wheel on their way to 6th and 14th positions respectively.

16th March 2014 - Dick Longdragon Memorial Road Race – Banchory.


A beautiful day in Kincardineshire saw a full field of riders compete in the first of the Scottish Cycling Road Race Series. For Stuart Balfour and Ben Forsyth , it was their first outing in a senior road race as 1st year juniors with Lewis Grieve, Hector Lancaster and Fraser Martin completing the quintet of juniors riding for Spokes racing team today. All of the boys acquitted themselves well as the race progressed with plenty of turns at the front of the peloton. As the race began to splinter, weary legs began to tell with the boys finishing as follows:-

Ben Forsyth 24th, Lewis Grieve 35th, Stuart Balfour 41st, Hector Lancaster 47th with Fraser Martin failing to finish due to a lingering injury.

The top three senior riders from todays’ race were , Philip Trodden  - The Rigmar Racers, 2nd Silas Goldsworthy - Sandy Wallace Cycles and  3rd Finlay Young  - The Rigmar Racers

Ben Forsyth picked up a prize as the 3rd best junior across the line behind Hamish Carrick of Speg – Project 51 and Sean Noon - Edinburgh Road Club.

 

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Lewis Grieve and Ben Forsyth sitting tight in the peloton.

Ben Forsyth takes the 3rd Junior prize with Sean Noon of ERC winning the first junior prize and Hamish Carrick of Speg - Project 51 in 2nd place.

15th March 2014 - Crit On The Green – Glasgow


A very busy day for the organisers with over 200 youth cyclists turning up for Crit On The Green organised by Glasgow Riderz. In the Boys Under 16 event, the four main contenders were Mathias Barnet of Edinburgh Road Club, Stephen Dent of Nevis Race Team, Joe Nally of Hardy Bikes and Grant Martin from Spokes Racing team. A tight race on a technical circuit saw no one make a break. In the final lap, Stephen Dent took the lead and held on to win the race with Grant taking 2nd place and Mathias Barnet picking up 3rd slot.

 

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The bunch start with Grant at the heart of the action.

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Steven Dent of Nevis Cycles takes 1st prize with Grant 2nd and Mathias of ERC coming 3rd.

14th/15th March 2014 - The Revolution Series – Fifth Round


Mark Stewart continues his early season form with a 2nd place position in the Elite Points race beating off some fierce competition notably Ed Clancy OBE of Rapha JLT. Mark also finished off an impressive weekend of track racing with a further 2nd in the scratch race, again beating many professional and Olympic medallists. Mark who is now funded by Braveheart is well and truly the role model within the club for the younger riders.

 

9th March 2014 – Don Smith Memorial Ride.


Following on from the Criterium race at Ingliston, Grant joined some of his Johnston Jets (Paisley) competitors and friends to complete the Don Smith Memorial Ride. Don’s son is Brian Smith, a former British Champion and responsible for launching “The Braveheart Fund” which has a simple philosophy “to raise funds to allow young Scottish cyclists, be they roadies, trackies or mountain bikers, to fulfil their potential. Spokes RT would like to thank Braveheart for the sponsorship given to support the boys in 2014.

 

8th March 2014 – Edinburgh Active Starter Series. (Round 2)


At, Ingliston, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Grant Martin went back to criterium racing. Suffering from an abscess in his mouth, the 15 year old still managed to pick up a 3rd place earning him his second point of the season. Well done to Mathias Barnett of Edinburgh Road Club for taking top prize on the day with Stephen Dent of Nevis RaceTeam picking up second place.

 

8th March 2014 – Musselburgh RCC 3up Time Trial


Congratulations to Jamie Henderson (Senior), Hector Lancaster and Lewis Grieve for coming 6th in the 3 up time trial. A very windy day which saw  11  teams fail to start due to the hazardous conditions. Jamie, who has numerous Scottish titles to his name did a great job in marshalling the juniors through difficult conditions. The experience was invaluable and a big thanks to Jamie for his support on the day.

 

1st March 2014 – Youth Sprintfest – Manchester Velodrome.


Moving from the road to track, Grant Martin went down to Manchester to take part in Sprintfest  4. With only 30 riders in the UK invited to take part, it was inevitable that competition would be fierce and so it proved for the Spokes rider who failed to miss the “A final” by 1/100ths of a second. Undeterred, Grant went on to win the B final which went some way to making up for the huge disappointment of not making the top 15.

 

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Grant receiving his prizes from Rob Hales.

23rd February 2014 – Clayton Spring Classic Handicap Road Race – Clitheroe.


With Lewis Grieve forced out of the race through illness, it was up to Stuart Balfour and Ben Forsyth to carry the flag for the Spokes RT the following day in what was an impressive field which included many of the best UK Elite riders  in a starting field of 80. Not a great day for the Spokes boys, with both Ben and Stuart forced to retire through injury, however, a great experience to ride against such an elite field.

 

22nd February 2014 – Velo 29 North East Trophy – Darlington.


On what was a windy day, Ben Forsyth, Stuart Balfour, Calum Mitchell and Grant Martin all made the trip down south to Croft to take part in their  first race of the season. First off was Grant Martin who rode the Youth A race coming 3rd and earning his first point of the season. The E/1/2/3/4 race had a field of  120 riders  from all over the UK. Up against some of the most experienced senior races in the country, the boys learned some valuable lessons about the step up required to perform at an elite level.

 

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16th February 2014 – Fife Century Reliability Ride


The season also began with a “team get together” to ride the Fife Century Reliability ride, a 60 mile run which has proved to be a very popular start of season ride to get the competitive edge into the legs. Three groups took part with the Spokes boys sticking together in the fast group. The primary purpose for today’s ride was to get the boys together and create the team spirit required for the long season ahead. All was going well when just before Auchterarder, disaster struck when Fraser Martin hit some ice and hit the ground. Ben, Lewis and Stuart followed suit with Mark Stewart, the only Spokes rider managing to stay upright. As the boys picked their bikes up, it became clear that some hospital treatment was required for Fraser and Ben. Not an ideal start but as Ben put it “that’s the best bonding session I have ever attended”

 

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Mark Stewart and Calum Foster from Leslie Bike Shop "helping ecah other along"

1st February 2014  Revolution Series Round Four.


A massive start to the season and a massive “well done”  to Mark Stewart who came second in the points race behind Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky in the Elite Points Race at The Revolution Series - Fourth Round at the Manchester Velodrome. – Mark, amazing!