Cyclist Christine gets season off to a winning start

Cyclist Christine McLean got her season off to a great start by winning the women’s prize in the first Scottish time trial event of the year.

She was away racing in the lanes north of Dunfermline, close to the Knockhill racing track. The well-organised event attracted 70 competitors, all keen to stretch their legs in earnest after a long winter spent training.

The day was dry and bright though a little cool for the riders as they lined up at the start. The tops of the hills were still covered in snow but luckily all the ice had melted from the roads.

There was, however, a minefield of pot holes scattered around the course which helped keep the cyclists occupied.

The rolling terrain made it difficult to get into any sort of rhythm but that did not stop McLean from powering around the 26 miles route in a time of 69 minutes, a good four minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

Carlos Riise was also competing in the popular early season event. The after effects of a cold meant he was a little off the pace but his 63 minute ride resulted in a top 10 finish.

Another keen cyclist from Shetland, Erik Smith, enjoyed the fine weather as he rode the course in his GS Metro club colours. The snow had interrupted his preparations but he was happy with his 89 minute ride.


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