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Craig's Hot Road Race!

Craig waiting for the start of the Island Games Road Race
Craig waiting for the start of the Island Games Road Race

Road racing was never like this in Aberdeen - the temperatures were hot but the competitors were hotter still! The temperature was already in the low 30s before the start of the race and things were only going to get hotter!

The race was 112km long comprising of 8 laps of a hilly 14k loop starting out beside the beach below Gorey Castle on Jersey's east coast.

Gorey Castle
Gorey Castle

Riders started off with a short neutralised section behind the lead motorbike before being released to sprint to gain position before the sharp left hand hairpin and steep climb around Gorey Castle.

Neutralised section behind lead motorbike
Neutralised section behind lead motorbike

The race then headed out along the coast before turning inland for the longest climb of the loop - tough enough at the best of times but brutal in this heat. Riders got a bit of respite on the long descent back down to Gorey - but not much as the pace was relentlessly high. Even after the first lap the split was split into two major groups - with the major contenders already forming a bit of a breakaway. Craig was going well in another smaller group just behind.

Craig on the climb out of Gorey
Craig on the climb out of Gorey

As the laps went by, the groups started to spread out with a select group of around 6 riders building up a lead of a couple of minutes from a larger chasing group. Race rules meant that riders were pulled out of the race before they were lapped so that they would not interfere with the real race for position. Craig looked strong on the climb by the pit area but with no group to work with, trying to stave off the leaders was a lost cause and he was pulled out to finish in 32nd position - a big improvement on his Time Trial result and no mean feat given the really high standard of the road racing competitors.

The race had an amazing finish as Teeam Saareema came out of the bunch on the last lap, chased down the leading 6 riders and then unleashed their sprinter down the finishing straight to take the victory.

 

Cycling Team
Kerry Macphee
Kerry Macphee
MTB

Kirsty Macphee
Kirsty Macphee
MTB

John Neil Mitchell
John Neil Mitchell
MTB

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
MTB

Donald MacRury
Donald MacRury
MTB

Craig McCulloch
Craig McCulloch
Road

Ruaraidh Michie
Gavin Earons
Team Manager


 
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