Riise rides to victory at Stirling event

Cyclist Carlos Riise was the overall winner of the Royal Albert CC 10-mile time trial at Stirling on Sunday with an impressive ride in a large field of riders.

The 90 who turned out early were met with almost perfect conditions on what was developing into a gloriously sunny and warm day.

The circuit is situated just outside Stirling near the village of Cambusbarron. The course is more or less pan flat with a fairly good surface so on a good day it can produce some fast times.

The main problems for riders are generally slow vehicles such as tractors and tourist traffic causing hold-ups. Despite getting held up in this manner Riise managed to achieve a convincing win with a time of 20:39 over second-placed Peter Ettles of Forres CC and Jim Cusick of Glasgow Couriers third, indicating that he is getting into excellent form to tackle the forthcoming championships.

Christine McLean completed the distance with a new Scottish 10-mile personal best time of 23:08, only seven seconds behind first-placed top Scottish all-rounder Jessica Wilson-Young of Edinburgh RC.

The women’s results for the Scottish 10-mile time trial championships on 16th May have now been confirmed with McLean named as the bronze medal winner.

The weather deteriorated for the weekly time evening last Thursday with only five riders braving the miserable, cold, wet and windy conditions. Times were: Maurice Fraser 28:05; Christine McLean 26:12; Carlos Riise 23:36; Barrie Scobie 32:32; Colin Smith 24:16.


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