Published: 29th Apr 2024 Images: Scottish Cycling

DH Champs take centre stage on bumper weekend of racing

Despite the cancellation of the CiCLE Classic, there was plenty of racing at home and abroad for Scots to get stuck into.

Scottish National Downhill Champs

It was a beautiful Sunday at Ae Forest as rising-star Nina Cameron (West Highland Wheelers) and seasoned pro Greg Williamson (Madison Saracen Factory Team) flew down a brilliant track to take the 2024 Scottish National Downhill titles.

Read the full report here.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Scottish Cycling (@scottishcycling)

British Youth Omnium

It was slightly more dreich (and cold!) in Dundee as the latest British Youth Omnium round headed to Caird Park.

Riders from across the UK were in action, with the Scots looking to test their mettle against their English, Manx and Welsh counterparts.

The rain did, however, fall in the afternoon, curtailing the days’ racing but the riders were still able to race an 800m time trial, scratch race and elimination race on the Caird Park Track.

Off the back of her strong ride at the Youth Tour of Scotland earlier this month, Melanie Rowe (Deeside Thistle) was victorious in the Youth A omnium, Rowe won out in both the time trial and elimination to claim the win. While, fellow Scot Eve Fairbairn (Discovery Junior CC) claimed third on her home track.

Scots Zara Main (Deeside Thistle) and Millie Bootham (Glasgow Riderz) claimed second and third, respectively in the Female Youth B category.

In the open categories, Elliot Speedie (Edinburgh RC) claimed second in the Youth A event, after claiming victory in the elimination race, with a word of note too for the aggressive riding of Zach Barbour (Edinburgh RC) who finished in eighth placed a strong attack in the scratch race, that went unrewarded.

Fellow Edinburgh RC rider, Micah Myles claimed second in the Youth B event after strong performances in the two bunch races.

A massive thanks to the volunteers and officials for putting on a day of racing at Caird Park, you can enter the next event in Tayside with the Scottish Omnium Champs on Saturday 18th May. Enter here.

Heubach MTB

The Heubacher Mountainbikefestival Bike the Rock Festival 2024 was the venue for the latest round of the UCI Junior Series and an Elite .HC event and a large contingent of Scots were in action with both Scottish and Great Britain squads making the journey to Baden-Württemberg .

Scottish Champion Grace Inglis was making her debut in Scotland colours, and produced an excellent performance with the Saint Piran rider claiming tenth spot in the Elite field. A fantastic ride!

In the Men’s U23 Corran Carrick-Anderson (Great Britain) rode well to finish inside the top 20 (18th), while Innes McDonald came home 33rd in the junior ranks, riding for Scotland for the first time. Peebles’ Ben Allan battled his way through the race for a mid-field finish.

Daisy Taylor (Great Britain) claimed 30th place in the Women’s Junior event. Unfortunately Emily Carrick-Anderson (Great Britain) crashed out of the Women’s U23 race.


Vaulkenberg in the Netherlands was the venue for the latest round of the UCI Gravel Series with Cameron Mason (Cyclocross Reds) in action against a stacked field, full of Cyclocross and Road professionals.

The Scot came home in an admirable 12th place after a strong ride and books his place at the World Championships in Leuven this October.

JG CC Road Race

The one road race domestically this weekend was in Ayrshire with the JG Cycle Club Road Race and APR.

Rising star Struan Shaw (Tofauti EA) scored the victory in the Regional A road race from Keir Gaffney (Vanelli-Project GO) and Colin Dyer (Vanelli-Project GO) in third.

The afternoon’s APR saw the victory go to Rebecca Saunderson (Studio Velo) with Amy McQueen (Ronde CC) in second, and Fraser Anderson (Johnstone Wheelers) in third.

Well done to the team for putting another great event.

British Junior Series

Down in Devon, it was the latest round of the British Junior Series, with a number of Scots heading down for the Tiverton Road Races.

In the open race, Elliot Rowe (Fensham Howes) and Joe Cosgrove (Fensham Howes) both claimed top five finishes with Rowe in third and Cosgrove in fifth.

Kayla Dinnin (Dumfries CC) was in fine form in the Female Junior & U23 race, with the Scot on the attack at end and only just reeled in before the line to come home in 15th place.

Forza Alba

Alba Development RT finished off their Tour of South Italy, with the final stages of the Giro Mediterraneo Rosa in Naples and one-day GP Liberazione PINK in Rome.

Some strong riding from Beth Morrow saw the Scot make the break on Stage 5 of the Giro, with the Scot coming home in the top 20. Arriane Holland was the best finisher on GC with a 35th place finish over the five stages, with the race being an important learning curve for the team.

A quick journey up the Autostrada to Rome for the GP Liberazione PINK, a UCI 1.1 saw the team perform well despite the fatigue of a week-long stage race. Beth Morrow picked up the team’s first UCI points, with a 16th place finish in a strong field.

The team have travelled up the spine of Europe for a week in Belgium, with Wednesday’s Cyclis Classic (1.2) being their next race.

BMX RACE National

Some of Scotland’s young BMXers were put through their paces by Scottish Cycling BMX Coach Chris Dallas at Glasgow BMX Centre over the weekend at the latest RACE National session. we The session focused on jumping throughout the track, progressing to pack jumping and race simulations and with some riders gaining 8m hill exposure – the Olympic standard in the sport.