On 8 December 2013 the Tri Centre Edinburgh and Edinburgh Road Club are hosting the Scottish Championships of the fastest growing cycle-sport in Britain: Cyclocross! Dunbar’s premier outdoor venue Foxlake will be the stage on which the country’s best riders do battle for the pièce de résistance of the 2013/14 Ridley Scottish Cyclocross Series.

With the expectation of 300 riders descending on Foxlake ranging from the aspiring under 8s to the inspiring over 50s, there is sure to also be a strong supporter turn out. Proceedings are scheduled to kick off at 10:00am, starting with the youngsters. The last race, the men’s open , is expected to finish at about 3:00pm.

Maddy Robinson will be looking for a win in the Senior Female category
Maddy Robinson will be looking for a win in the Senior Female category

In the seniors’ races, David Lines, of MG – Maxifuel, and Maddy Robinson, of VC Moulin, take centre stage as pre-race favourites owing to their consistent dominance throughout the season so far. Meanwhile in the Junior races it’s all Team Thomson’s Cycles with Isla Short and Harry Johnston the hot picks in their respective categories and in the most hotly contested Veteran 40 race, it’s impossible to look past Gary MacRae of Leslie Bike Shop, who has won every round so far.

With a range of sponsors and support coming in, the event is sure to be of interest to any one looking for a good day out. Race organiser Stuart McInnes of the Tri Centre said:-“It’s a great honour to host the champs at Foxlake. We managed to create a fairly “Belgian” atmosphere last year with the tight course and spectator friendly design. We hope to improve that again this year with great catering and plenty of action!

This year we have support from Ridley, Lazer helmets, Pearl Izumi and of course the Tri Centre and Thistly Cross cider.

The Tri Centre is committed to providing fun and accessible events throughout the year from winter runs to ladies’ nights – we feel the addition of events adds to our portfolio and keeps the business alive and evolving.”


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