Deeside Thistle Cycling Club are delighted to host the second round of the Scottish Vets Road Race Series sponsored by Pedal Power – West Calder. The race will roll out of the new Alford Community Campus and will utilise the same course as the “up the Glax” race of 2016. It is a grippy, yet flowing course with a long but moderate climb to finish the race. You will not see the finish until after the last lap has been ridden and therefore highly recommended that you preview the finish, especially if you have an eye on getting an envelope come prizegiving.
11:15 Registration and Sign on Open
12:30 Registration and Sign on Close
12:45 Pre race briefing
13:00 Race Start
The race HQ is at Alford Community Campus, Alford (map). From the South, drive to Aberdeen then follow signs to Westhill on the A944, then follow signs to Alford still on the A944. On arrival at the village, pause to admire the statue of the Aberdeen Angus bull (the breed was developed in Alford) then continue to drive all the way through the village. As you leave the village on the left, at the top of a hill on the new road, turn left to the Community Campus (no signpost).
From the north turn off the A96 at Huntly and follow the A97 to Mossat. At Mossat stay on the main road that turns into the A944 and follow this all the way to Alford. At the top of the hill after you cross the Bridge of Alford, and before the start of the village, take the unsigned turn to the Community Campus. If you wish to see the Aberdeen Angus Bull you will need to drive all the way to the East of the village but it is worth the short journey.
The race will be run under the rules of the SCU. Registration for this event signifies acceptance of these rules (see SC Handbook). All competitors must be a full member or day member of the SCU/ British Cycling and are required to produce their racing licence at sign on. No licence means a competitor must purchase a day licence. Details of day licence costs can be obtained from the Chief Commissaire at sign on.
Sign on is at the Community Campus where there is ample parking, changing rooms and showers. We have been allocated changing rooms so please do not use the swimming pool changing rooms.
The course is 74km around 3 circuits on the following route then a climb up past Glacks Farm – The race will be neutralised from the HQ until the race passes over the small hump backed bridge on the A97 heading towards Muir of Fowlis until the commissaire is ready to start the race.
RACE STARTS. Head along on the A980 until a SHARP RIGHT HAND TURN towards the Ley. This is the start of the loop that will be completed 3 times. The road will be sign posted to Towie. Continue on this un-named road for 2.5km then turn left towards Milton of Cushnie. At Milton of Cushnie turn left over the narrow bridge and climb up the very short and very steep climb. The road will continue to wind along for 5km until you reach a SHARP STEEP DESCENT – TAKE CARE ON THIS SECTION. At the junction with the B9119 turn left for 4km until you reach the crossroads at the A980 and turn left here. This will be sign posted for Alford. Continue on this fast descent, admiring Craigevar Castle, and continue 6.5km to Muir of Fowlis.
At this stage you will have completed one loop of three. After the third loop, continue again along towards the Ley and rather that turn off toward Milton of Cushnie, you carry on straight ahead and climb up for approximately 3km. The race will finish near the top of this climb.
All junctions will be marshalled and/or signed. Motorcycle marshals from the Scottish NEG will also be in attendance to assist with race safety. RIDERS ARE REMINDED TO REMAIN ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD AT ALL TIMES AND BEWARE OF ONCOMING TRAFFIC. A section of the road is fast and twisting and riders may be blind to oncoming traffic. Riders MUST remain on the left carriageway.
RIDERS WHO CROSS THE CENTRE OF THE CARRIAGEWAY WHEN UNSAFE OR INAPPROPRIATE TO DO SO, PUTTING THEMSELVES AND OTHER RIDERS AT RISK WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE RACE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. It is essential that all riders, and marshals, understand that marshals cannot stop every vehicle and the onus is always on the riders to stay on their own side of the road. Marshals will never be held responsible if a rider breaks the rules of the road, even if the marshal mistakenly indicates that the road is clear of hazards
Note: Once riders are passed by COM3 and the service vehicle they are essentially out of the race and its protection. They are essentially on a training ride and should ride accordingly. Riders will be warned of this during the rider briefing
First Aid services will follow in the race convoy.
It is intended that a limited race service will be provided. It is becoming increasingly difficult to provide a swift race service due to the wide range of spare rear wheels that may be required and the nearest service vehicle having sufficient stock of the correct wheels. IN ORDER TO DO SO EACH ODD NUMBERED COMPETITOR MUST PROVIDE A FRONT WHEEL, AND EACH EVEN NUMBERED COMPETITOR A REAR WHEEL. If you require something now less common (i.e. NOT Shimano 10 /11 speed) please ensure that you bring the relevant rear wheel irrespective of race number.
Please ensure it is clearly labelled with your name and whether Shimano 9/10/11 Campag 9/10/11 SRAM 10/11 etc and in a race worthy condition.
If for some reason you do not provide a wheel for service, please do not take service.
There will be cash prizes for the top three finishers and the first over 50 rider. Prizes will be awarded once the results have been checked and verified as soon as possible after the end of the race. Prize giving will be held in the community campus race HQ
The race day commissaires will be Yvonne Winter and Paul Winter.
Refreshments will be provided after the race from the Race HQ.
All Text: Iain Pryde
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